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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

EPA Needs to '86' Mercury Forever!

Ina Pinkney | Posted 08.05.2012 | Chicago
Ina Pinkney

Chefs and politicians may have little in common, but we do share an obligation to keep people healthy. In my business, when we say we had to '86' an item, it means it's no longer available. Congress needs to '86' mercury pollution forever.

Lynne Peeples

Fighting For Air: Childhood Asthma On The Rise As Political Battles Threaten Clean Air Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.14.2012 | Green

Asthma was once just an academic concern for Sylvia Brandt, who has spent years studying the chronic lung condition and calculating its tragic toll. N...

Will Bullies Win the Fight for Clean Air?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.25.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

It took decades to get the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards released, and within weeks, the pushback has already begun.

EPA Doesn't Give Full Picture on Toxics Pollution

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.11.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The EPA has unveiled its analysis of a database containing information on the disposal or release of 650 potentially dangerous chemicals used by almost 21,000 facilities. But this provides only a snapshot of the pollution produced by American industry.

EPA's New Air Pollution Rules Spark Debate Over The Value Of Life And Breath

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

It might surprise many Americans to learn that, until just a couple of weeks ago, there were no federal standards requiring operators of the nation's ...

The Gift Of Good Health

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Javier Sierra

According to a LULAC study, almost 30 percent of Hispanics live dangerously close to a coal-fired plant.

Why the EPA's Forthcoming Power Plant Rule Is a Big Deal

Corbin Hiar | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

It's an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation's air and water.

The TRAIN Act Cuts the Heart out of the Clean Air Act

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the TRAIN Act, made it through the House of Representatives. But as Yogi Berra would say, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: Responding to the EPA Naysayers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I reached out to Schakowsky with questions about disinformation on regulation, GOP rhetoric on energy, Gov. Perry's vilification of the EPA, and her commitment to the environment. It was just what the doctor ordered.

All I Need Is the Air That I Breathe

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

There's not a lot more important to parents than loving their children and making sure they have clean air to breathe. Which is why this week's virtual deluge of clean air information is so important -- and scary.

Do Americans Really Have to Choose between Health and Energy?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As a member of the Mom's Clean Air Force, this is the second hearing that I have monitored to see where our elected officials are coming down on the issue of supporting non-toxic air.

Clean Air: You Have to Be In It to Win It

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Advocating for what you believe in is a lot of work, but getting what you don't want is much worse. Don't leave the heavy lifting to others.

Removing Mercury and Other Toxics From the Air We Breathe

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards set the first-ever national safeguards to limit power plant releases of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, making this is one of the largest steps to protect our kids from air pollution in a generation.