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Sep 02, 2011 Obama Administration Abandons Stricter Air-Quality Rules

QUOTE: President Obama abandoned a contentious new air pollution rule on Friday, buoying business interests that had lobbied heavily against it, angering environmentalists who called the move a betrayal and unnerving his own top environmental regulators.

New York Times
Aug 30, 2009 In Oil-Rich Niger Delta, the Sun Never Sets: Smokestacks Still Shooting Out Gas Flares

QUOTE: As many as 100 flares burn at petroleum companies' outposts across the oil-rich [Niger] delta, belching harmful greenhouse gases and, human rights activists say, sickening residents [of Nigeria].

Washington Post
Aug 17, 2009 'The Clunkers of the Power-Plant World:' Old Coal-Fired Facilities Could Escape New Rules (Green)

QUOTE: Many public health and environmental advocates say too little attention has been paid to facilities such as Fisk and Crawford (power plants in Chicago) -- "legacy" plants grandfathered in under the 1977 Clean Air Act and largely exempted from its requirement that facilities use the best pollution-control technology.

Washington Post
Aug 01, 2009 Nepal's Environmental Issues Could Risk the Land's Beauty

QUOTE: a decade of civil war, rampant corruption and lack of consistent environmental policies has turned the serenely beautiful Kathmandu Valley into a harshly polluted one, too... Even all those nature-loving travelers and climbers are a problem: Everest's summit is littered with soda cans, tent poles, food containers and other trash the trekkers have left behind.

Washington Post
Jul 29, 2009 Chinese Workers Say Illness Is Real, Not Hysteria

QUOTE: As soon as the Jilin Connell Chemical Plant started production this spring, local hospitals began receiving stricken workers from the acrylic yarn factory 100 yards downwind from Connell’s exhaust stacks. A clear case of chemical contamination? Not so, say Chinese health officials who contend that the episode is a communal outbreak of psychogenic illness, also called mass hysteria.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2008 Report Sees New Pollution Threat

QUOTE: The byproduct of automobiles, slash-and-burn agriculture, wood-burning stoves and coal-fired power plants, these plumes of carbon dust rise over southern Africa, the Amazon basin and North America. But they are most pronounced in Asia, where so-called atmospheric brown clouds are dramatically reducing sunlight in many Chinese cities and leading to decreased crop yields in swaths of rural India...

New York Times
Oct 20, 2008 Ask Pablo: The presidential candidates keep talking about the evils of China's new coal plants and "clean coal technology" as a savior. What's the real story?

QUOTE: So does the solution really lie in "clean coal technology," as both presidential campaigns keep saying? As nice as it sounds, clean coal is an oxymoron of epic proportions, promoted by the coal industry, a sort of Orwellian doublespeak meant to introduce the notion that coal can be environmentally friendly.

Jul 12, 2008 Decisions Shut Door on Bush Clean-Air Steps

QUOTE: In the morning, a federal appeals court struck down the cornerstone of the administration’s strategy to control industrial air pollution by agreeing with arguments by the utility industry that the E.P.A. had exceeded its authority when it established the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005. The court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, said the rule, which set new requirements for major pollutants, had “fatal flaws.”

New York Times
Dec 08, 2007 Trucks Power China’s Economy, at a Suffocating Cost

QUOTE: Yet cleaning up truck pollution presents complex problems for China’s leaders. For instance, regulators have begun raising emissions standards for new trucks, but have left millions of older ones belching black smoke. Forcing businesses and farmers to buy more expensive vehicles could put a drag on the economy...

New York Times
Nov 24, 2007 Enemy Aircraft Sighted and, Above All Else, Heard

QUOTE: The rise in private-jet travel is being driven in part by long check-in and security lines at major airports. Those waits make private flying attractive to wealthy travelers, while at the same time fractional-jet-ownership companies are making it possible for more corporations to send their executives off in style. The developments have stoked the anger of residents here, who say jet fumes endanger their health and jet noise threatens their sanity.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Criminal Element

QUOTE: Reyes found that the rise and fall of lead-exposure rates seemed to match the arc of violent crime, but with a 20-year lag — just long enough for children exposed to the highest levels of lead in 1973 to reach their most violence-prone years in the early ’90s, when crime rates hit their peak.

New York Times
Oct 19, 2007 Mother fears 'stinky neighborhood' caused son's cancer

QUOTE: No one can say for certain that Valentin's illness was caused by the air he breathed, but earlier this year, the University of Texas released a study showing that children who live within two miles of the ship channel have a 56 percent greater chance of getting leukemia than kids living elsewhere.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Sep 07, 2007 New tool to fight global warming: Endangered Species Act? A recent deal to protect the habitat of endangered coral may offer US environmentalists new leverage.

QUOTE: By protecting habitat, not just species, the federal government could be in a position to fight any threats to that habitat, including possibly, global warming, some environmentalists say. While no one expects the US to stop, say, a coal-fired power plant in the Midwest to save Florida coral, the settlement does expand the leverage of the 1973 law that protects species from extinction.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 04, 2007 Biggest waste producers in state get best fee deal: Hazardous materials program called unfair

QUOTE: Companies that make chemicals, oil, paint, paper and airplanes must pay a Hazardous Waste Planning Fee for the toxic substances that they pump into the air and water or send to landfills. But because the fee is capped, the top five producers pay less than $8 a ton for their dangerous waste, whereas companies producing smaller amounts can pay up to $250 a ton.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sep 01, 2007 The Way We Live Now: Not in Whose Backyard?

QUOTE: Countless federal laws have been written to preserve far-flung wilderness that Americans rarely visit (the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for instance) and endangered species that we scarcely see (from longhorn fairy shrimp to piping plovers). Yet no legislation has been tailored to protect a landscape that is perhaps the most vulnerable: the low-income communities that shelter most of America’s polluting facilities.

New York Times
Aug 09, 2007 Staffers Say Renovation Made Them Ill

QUOTE: Many say they have been sickened by dust, soot and possibly noxious fumes from a massive building rehabilitation

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2007 The Toxic Republic: For Profit's sake, China's people are getting poisoned

QUOTE: In 1906, ordinary Americans' outrage over unsafe medicines and foodstuffs...led to passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act. Right now, though, most Chinese are busy earning a living.

May 06, 2007 Having large families ‘is an eco-crime’

QUOTE: Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a 4x4 car and failing to reuse plastic bags, according to a report to be published tomorrow by a green think tank.

Sunday Times/The Times (UK)
Dec 21, 2006 Outsize Profits, and Questions, in Effort to Cut Warming Gases

QUOTE: Cleaning up this factory will require an incinerator that costs $5 million... Yet the foreign companies will pay roughly $500 million for the incinerator....With so much money flowing to a few particularly lucrative cleanup deals, the danger is that they will distract attention from the broader effort to curb global warming gases, and that the lure of quick profit will encourage short-term fixes at the expense of fundamental, long-run solutions...

New York Times
Nov 29, 2006 Benchwarming: The Supreme Court melts down over greenhouse gasses.

QUOTE: In 1998, during Clinton's presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that the CAA gave it the authority to regulate carbon dioxide. In 1999, environmentalist groups petitioned the agency to regulate CO2 emissions from new cars and trucks, because they contribute to global warming. But in 2003, now under the Bush administration, the EPA denied this request....Massachusetts and 11 other states, plus three cities and a host of environmental and health organizations, filed suit challenging this decision.

Oct 08, 2006 Advocates Say Illegal Workers Suffer After 9/11 Cleanup: But a Recent N.Y. Program Offers Help to Many With Lung, Other Diseases

QUOTE: "Immigrants died in those towers. They wanted to be part of the recovery of this nation." But when a backlash developed against the huge wave of illegal immigration, "they changed the DMV laws, and a lot of asbestos workers lost their licenses because they couldn't get a picture ID," Calderón said. "A lot of them are sick now, without work. They've lost their insurance. They lost their incomes. They lost everything."

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2006 The Energy Challenge: Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow

QUOTE: One of China's lesser-known exports is a dangerous brew of soot, toxic chemicals and climate-changing gases from the smokestacks of coal-burning power plants.

New York Times
Jun 04, 2006 Junketing Judges: A Case of Bad Science

QUOTE: Exxon Mobil Corp. and other large businesses contribute to conservative think tanks to help "educate" federal judges through seminars...At least one major funder of these judicial junkets has said that the D.C. Circuit is targeted because of its jurisdiction over important environmental cases.

Washington Post
Mar 21, 2006 Vital Signs: Reactions: In Children, Rise in Bacteria Is Linked to Smoke

QUOTE: Children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke appear to be more likely to be infected with Streptococcus pneumoniae than those who are not.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2006 Panel Backs Emissions Standards

QUOTE: An independent panel of engineers and health and public policy experts assembled by the National Research Council has concluded that the nation will benefit if California remains free to set automobile emissions standards that are more restrictive than federal rules.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2006 A GOP Key to Unlocking NEPA: Party Links Environmental Law to Delay, Paperwork, Lawsuits

QUOTE: House Republicans are hoping to rewrite one of the nation's most sweeping environmental laws....Deborah K. Sease, legislative director for the Sierra Club, said the language in the report was so "vague, you open the door to undermining the principles of NEPA."

Washington Post
Dec 21, 2005 Proposed Standards for Air Quality Criticized

QUOTE: The Bush administration proposed a modest tightening of federal air-quality standards yesterday for the first time in eight years, drawing protests from both public health and industry officials....fell short of what the EPA's scientific advisory board proposed earlier this year.

Washington Post
Dec 03, 2005 Report Accuses EPA of Slanting Analysis: Hill Researchers Say Agency Fixed Pollution Study to Favor Bush's 'Clear Skies'

QUOTE: The Bush administration skewed its analysis of pending legislation on air pollution to favor its bill over two competing proposals...The Environmental Protection Agency's Oct. 27 analysis of its plan -- along with those of Sens. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) and James M. Jeffords (I-Vt.) -- exaggerated the costs and underestimated the benefits of imposing more stringent pollution curbs, the independent, nonpartisan congressional researchers wrote...

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2005 New Rules Could Allow Power Plants to Pollute More

QUOTE: The Bush administration has drafted regulations that would ease pollution controls on older, dirtier power plants and could allow those that modernize to emit more pollution, rather than less....The draft rules, obtained by The Washington Post from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group, contradict the position taken by federal lawyers who have prosecuted polluting facilities in the past, and parallel the industry's line of defense against those suits.

Washington Post
Jul 19, 2005 Corn Dog: The ethanol subsidy is worse than you can imagine

QUOTE: But the ethanol boosters are ignoring some unpleasant facts: Ethanol won't significantly reduce our oil imports... most important (and most astonishing), it may take more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than it actually contains.

Mar 15, 2005 Mercury Emissions To Be Traded: EPA Criticized On Pollution Rule

ABSTRACT: Some environmental groups oppose a rule the EPA issued today that allows power plants to trade their right to emit a given amount of mercury pollution, because it might result in certain areas having higher than allowed concentrations of the neurotoxin.

Washington Post
Mar 08, 2005 EPA Distorted Mercury Analysis, GAO Says

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency distorted the analysis of its controversial proposal to regulate mercury pollution from power plants, making it appear that the Bush administration's market-based approach was superior to a competing scheme supported by environmentalists...

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2004 'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

QUOTE: The Data Quality just two sentences directing the OMB to ensure that all information disseminated by the federal government is reliable...interpretation of those two sentences could tip the balance in regulatory disputes that weigh the interests of consumers and businesses.

Washington Post
Jun 03, 2004 E.P.A Nears Pact On Waste by Processors of Livestock

QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency is close to reaching an agreement with some of the nation’s largest animal processors that would lay the groundwork for the first federal emission standards for companies that process millions of pigs, cows and chickens every day.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2004 Poisons From Afar Threaten Arctic Mothers, Traditions: Toxins, Coming North by Air and Water, Enter Inuit Food Chain

QUOTE: Scientists say the Arctic, once considered pristine and unspoiled, has become a sinkhole for pollutants. The contaminants -- including heavy metals, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, DDT and other pesticides -- come north by air and water.

Washington Post
Apr 04, 2004 Changing All the Rules

QUOTE: Having long flouted the new-source review law, many of the nation's biggest power companies were facing, in the last months of the 1990's, an expensive day of reckoning. E.P.A. investigators had caught them breaking the law. To make amends, the power companies were on the verge of signing agreements to clean up their plants, which would have delivered one of the greatest advances in clean air in the nation's history. Then George W. Bush took office, and everything changed.

New York Times
Mar 28, 2004 Carmakers Pull Plug on Electric Vehicles

QUOTE: "It costs me $1.25 to charge the truck to get a 50-mile range," he said. "It's just criminal that in this time of war for oil and these ridiculous prices for gasoline that I would be forced to give up something that's helping clean the air, eliminate our dependence on foreign oil and is just such a great vehicle to drive."

New York Times
Sep 01, 2003 Dirty Secrets: No president has gone after the nation's environmental laws with the same fury as George W. Bush -- and none has been so adept at staying under the radar.

QUOTE: ...while George W. Bush gets low marks on the environment from a majority of Americans, few fully appreciate the scope and fury of this administration's anti-environmental agenda.

Mother Jones
May 15, 2003 Criminal Inquiry Under Way at Large Pipe Manufacturer

ABSTRACT: The company has been cited for more than 400 safety violations and 450 environmental violations since 1995... a disjointed and fragmented regulatory apparatus repeatedly failed to detect, much less end, patterns of misconduct.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2003 Study Finds Asthma in 25% of Children in Central Harlem

QUOTE: Researchers say the figures, from an effort based at Harlem Hospital Center to test every child in a 24-block area, could indicate that the incidence of asthma is even higher in poor, urban areas than was previously believed.

New York Times
Feb 03, 2003 Action sought on polluted Detroit smelter site

QUOTE: ...spewed toxic lead dust in the area for two decades....Based on just seven samples taken nearby, the EPA said no neighborhood cleanup was needed.

Detroit Free Press
Jan 31, 2003 Snowmobile expansion OK'd despite health, noise issues

QUOTE: Snowmobile critics say the Bush administration study supports 10 years of scientific analysis that concluded the snow machines created unhealthful levels of noise and air pollution.

Seattle Times
Jan 29, 2003 U.S. to Seek Waiver on Weed Killer Harmful to Ozone Layer

QUOTE: If all or most of the exemptions were granted, American use of the pesticide could rise sharply in 2005, exceeding levels now allowed under the [Montreal Protocol] treaty and federal law.

New York Times
Nov 22, 2002 U.S. Eases Pollution Rules to Spur Work on Power Plants

QUOTE: ...the Bush administration wanted to revise some sections of the Clean Air Act in ways that would answer utilities' complaints that the rules tied them up in paperwork and deterred investment in new power plants...

New York Times
Nov 20, 2002 Suit Seeks to Block Burning of Chemical Arms

QUOTE: The Army plans to begin destroying the weapons early next year. To stop the project, one of the issues the alliance must prove is that the weapons disposal poses an "imminent danger" to the community.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2002 Bid to Delay New Emissions Rule Fails

QUOTE: Companies Face Penalties for Not Complying With Tough Standards for Diesel Trucks

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2002 Bush Plan to Ease Clean Air Rules Roils Court Cases Against Utilities

QUOTE: The federal court hearing scheduled for today...strongly suggest[s] that the proposed enforcement policy shift is beginning to influence the course of existing cases...

Washington Post
Jul 12, 2002 Pricing the Fast Lane

QUOTE: The solution to gridlock is to give drivers a financial incentive not to drive during peak traffic hours.

Washington Post
Jun 14, 2002 EPA Proposes To Ease Rules On Clean Air

QUOTE: ...a major relaxation of clean air enforcement rules governing older coal-fired power plants and refineries that would effectively preclude future government legal action in all but the most flagrant cases of pollution.

Climate Ark
May 12, 2002 Utility Buys Town It Choked, Lock, Stock and Blue Plume

QUOTE: Two years after the Environmental Protection Agency accused the plant's owner, American Electric Power, of violating the Clean Air Act...[AEP] is solving at least some of its problems by buying the town...

New York Times

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