Pollution from smokestacks

Correction: EPA-Pruitt-Clean Air Act Story

From the New York Times, May 10, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday announced a major shift in enforcement of the landmark Clean Air Act to include feedback from state and local governments and others on the economic impact of federal pollution limits. The initiative sets the stage for […]

Read More...

We Energies Shareholders Pepper CEO With Questions About Coal

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 3, 2018. Environmental activists, including some who are We Energies shareholders, are keeping the pressure on the Milwaukee-based utility to reduce dust from coal piles and emissions from smokestacks at the WE Energies plant in Oak Creek. It’s Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired facility. Read the article.

Read More...
power plant smoke stack

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons

From the New York Times, March 22, 2018. WASHINGTON — If the world wants to avoid drastic global warming this century, we’ll need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions sharply in the years ahead. For now, however, we’re still moving in the opposite direction: Carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural […]

Read More...
Boiler gauge

U.S. chemical makers could face tougher, more costly air pollution controls

From Chemical & Engineering News, March 19, 2018. Court says EPA must revamp emission standards for industrial boilers U.S. chemical manufacturing plants with large industrial boilers may face tighter, more expensive emission control requirements for toxic air pollutants because of a recent federal appeals court decision. The court ordered EPA to revise a 2015 Clean […]

Read More...
Pollution from smokestacks

Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning

From the New York Times, March 12, 2018. On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, told almost 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress and many more watching live on state television, “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty.” The statement broke from the country’s longstanding policy […]

Read More...

Electric vehicles: good for public health and the planet

From Fresh Energy, June 20, 2017. Car exhaust doesn’t just stink, it kills. Pollution from cars and trucks causes serious harm to both public health and our climate. The transportation sector now contributes more carbon dioxide emissions than electricity generation, and road transportation emissions cause 53,000 premature deaths per year nationally. Transportation pollution disproportionately harms […]

Read More...

Future of Electric Vehicles Called Into Question

From The Pointer, February 14, 2018. Use of electric vehicles in Wisconsin is facing changes and challenges due to state legislation and public opinion. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, contributing to 27 percent of the nation’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. With the environment in mind, […]

Read More...
power plant smoke stack

Connecticut Wins Court Fight Over Pennsylvania Plant Pollution

From the Hartford Courant, February 8, 2018. Connecticut has won a federal court battle to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to halt pollution from an old coal-fired Pennsylvania power plant that experts say is hurting this state’s air quality. The ruling against the Trump administration stems from a Connecticut legal action filed in 2017 […]

Read More...

Last holdout in Minneapolis using toxic dry cleaning chemicals goes green

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 24, 2018. A potentially carcinogenic drycleaning chemical has been eliminated from the city of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is now the first major city in America to banish a toxic dry cleaning chemical, meaning that taking your suits to the cleaners no longer means dousing them with a potential carcinogen. The […]

Read More...