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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wisconsin, under Scott Walker, no longer leads in conservation

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 2018. WALKER AND GOP LAWMAKERS HAVE USED ONE-PARTY CONTROL SINCE 2011 TO ENGINEER THE BIGGEST SHIFT IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SINCE THE CLEAN WATER ACT. When Foxconn Technology Group begins construction of an industrial plant large enough to cover the entire Village of Shorewood, it will be exempted from […]

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Study: End of coal burning at Pa. plant better for pregnant women

From the New Jersey Herald, January 11, 2018. When the Portland (Pa.) Generating Plant burned coal to produce electricity, pregnant women who lived downwind in four New Jersey counties had a statistically higher chance of having a low birth weight or pre-term birth. Now that the plant no longer burns coal to create electricity, birth […]

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Exposure to fine particulate pollution linked to increase in early births: study

From The Sydney Morning Herald, January 3, 2018. Exposure to fine particulates from burning coal, vehicle exhausts and other pollution sources is linked to an increased risk of pre-term births, according to a study of more than 1 million Chinese births that included an Australian researcher. The study, published Wednesday by the American Medical Association’s […]

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Air Pollution Contributes to More Than 20,000 Deaths a Year

From the New York Times, December 27, 2017. Day-to-day increases in air pollution, even at levels generally considered acceptable, are associated with increased deaths among the elderly. Previous studies have suggested an association, but most have been based on small populations in metropolitan areas. This new study, in JAMA, used Medicare files and nationwide air […]

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Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic

From the National Obersrver, December 21, 2017. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions “that […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Eliminating State Air Pollution Rules

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 21, 2017. GOP Bill Would Eliminate State DNR Regulations, Leave Only Federal Rules Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal that would eliminate all of the state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year. Assembly lawmakers met Tuesday for a public hearing on a bill that would eliminate all […]

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