Latest News about Air Pollution and Its Effects

Province’s environmental reputation on the line, critics say
Friday August 22nd 2014, 4:07 am

The province needs to take action on oilsands air pollution or take a hit on its reputation, government critics say. The province devised its much touted “world-class monitoring” system in the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP) after the oilsands industry came under fire for its heavy environmental footprint, says Wildrose critic Shane Saskiw.

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Few near LA-area recycler undergo lead testing
Thursday August 21st 2014, 5:21 pm

A program seeking to measure air pollution from a Los Angeles-area battery recycler is ineffective because too few nearby residents volunteered to have their blood tested for lead.

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U.S. EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities: report
Thursday August 21st 2014, 4:50 pm

The United States has made progress in reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remains to reduce risks for the country’s most overburdened urban areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top official said on Thursday. The EPA released to Congress its second report on integrated air toxics, citing “substantial progress” toward reducing levels of contaminants such as arsenic …

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Vt. environmental official: Make permit process simpler.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Vermont’s environmental permit review process must be changed, according to a top state regulatory enforcement official.

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Trempealeau County frac sand moratorium ending.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Trempealeau County’s year-long frac sand moratorium is set to expire at the end of August.

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Tracing the bones of a healthy city.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

This year, Washington was deemed America’s healthiest city—thanks to a low smoking rate and a strong presence of joggers and cyclists. The American College of Sports Medicine based their ranking on local health-promoting policies, but they missed a critical factor under their feet: a city’s street plan.

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Switch from coal to natural gas power plants could drive electric rates in Indiana higher.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

New federal regulations aimed at reversing climate change by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere could hit coal-dependent Indiana hard, but it’s too soon to know for sure, an expert told the South Bend Rotary on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce.

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Practically Green: Better air may be coming soon to a port near you.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

A stretch of Alameda Street in Carson is about to look a whole lot different. Under a pilot program set to break ground in September, one mile of road near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be converted into a so-called eHighway.

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Oregon approves permit for Global Partners crude oil railport.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Oregon environmental regulators on Tuesday approved an emissions control permit for a Global Partners LP railport along the Columbia River that clears the way for the firm to significantly increase the amount of crude oil it can receive via rail and load onto vessels to deliver to U.S. West Coast refineries.

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No petrol, diesel for motorists in Delhi without pollution certificate.
Thursday August 21st 2014, 2:00 pm

Soon motorists will have to show ‘pollution under control’ certificates at petrol pumps to refuel their vehicles with the Delhi government today taking an in-principle decision to this effect primarily to check vehicular pollution in the city.

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