Groups seek EPA action on toxic air emissions from fracking

By Jim Morris

Sixty-four environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the EPA to clamp down on toxic air emissions from fracking operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… egulation, 64 Environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on toxic air emissions from oil and gas …"

Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released

By Lisa Song

The Alamo Area Council of Governments had its funding frozen after releasing data linking oil and gas drilling to worsening air pollution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… t of smog. If that happens, it could be subject to sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including increased EPA oversight for new development …"

"…  Austin American-Statesman reported that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which funded the study, had slashed AACOG’s air-qualit …"

"… ere was an ill intent” on Bella’s part. Craft is a toxicologist at the Environmental Defense Fund, a green group that often works with industry partners to r …"

"… o ask the state to restore $182,000 in grants that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is withholding from the San Antonio metropolitan region. The mon …"

Report offers grim predictions for South Texas air quality amid Eagle Ford oil boom

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

State-funded study projects dramatic increase in emissions from oil and gas development by 2018.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ly beholden to the industry.” Omar Garcia, president of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable, said Friday morning that he did not have the ti …"

Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect spikes in toxic emissions, new study says

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A new study finds that common air monitoring methods are all but useless in capturing intense, short-term emissions from gas development.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… tion, researchers reported Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Reviews on Environmental Health. The study was conducted by the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmen …"

"… nvironmental Health. The study was conducted by the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a nonprofit based near Pittsburgh. A health survey the …"

"… r David Brown, who conducted the study with three of his colleagues at the Environmental Health Project. Stuart Batterman, an Environmental health sciences prof …"

"… nclusions they reached were almost identical to those in a recent study in Environmental Science & Technology that cited a lack of "comprehensive" public hea …"

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… toxic sludge on Feb. 2 after a storm pipe broke. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency is agreeing to regulate the disposal of coal ash as part of a settlement i …"

Top environment investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite environment and workers' rights investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal":

"… ears, helping to defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. Keep reading Coal's doctors of choice A surprising force has helped industry defeat black …"

EPA under the gun to regulate coal ash

By Kristen Lombardi

Environmental Protection Agency faces new pressure to regulate disposal of the toxic waste for the first time after a judge's decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… d it seems this ruling will preserve that interest.”     …"

California bypasses feds, presses ahead on regulation of toxic chemicals

By Ronnie Greene

The state formally adopts new rules that go well beyond the flimsy federal protection net weakened by decades of D.C. delay.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ces. The federal Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, grants the Environmental Protection Agency power to require testing of dangerous compounds. Yet some four decades lat …"

Clean Air case yields rare criminal convictions in New York

By Sam Pearson

A NY coke plant and its environmental manager, convicted of felony Clean Air violations, await sentencing — as residents push for relief.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health":

"… ng to a draft health outcomes review published in February by the New York Department of Health, residents living near the plant have been more likely to suffer lung and …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… Act, was the product of a compromise with Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. Introduced May 22, it won the endorsement of nine Senate Republicans, alo …"

Award-winning Center series looks at toxic, sometimes hidden chemical releases

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed it over the weekend, the Center environment team published another piece in its Poisoned Places series.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Houston":

"… ving off a constant cloud of invisible spoliation. As a former official in Houston with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality told the Center, “A b …"

Earth Day 2013

A look at some of the Center's award-winning environmental reporting.

Tackling the powerful chemical industry

By Bill Buzenberg

Investigation pushes EPA to change policies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chromium":

"… all government action on Chromium worked on the studies delaying the EPA. Chromium (VI), you may recall, is the same chemical compound featured in the movie …"

How industry scientists stalled action on carcinogen

By David Heath

Tens of millions of Americans drink tap water tainted with chromium. But industry pushback has made it hard for the EPA to regulate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… on ABC News in 1996 to drink some of the yellow water, prompting correspondent Cynthia McFadden to say, “There are those who would say you drinking a g …"

"… irs. “You’re dealing with people’s lives.” Miles O'Brien, science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, contributed to this story …"

Inspector General to review EPA's 'Watch Lists'

By Jim Morris

The EPA’s inspector general has begun a review of the agency's use of internal watch lists of alleged chronic polluters nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… That’s when the EPA is supposed to step up to the plate.”   …"

"… A Watch List.” Lois Gibbs, executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, an advocacy group in Falls Church, Va., said the EPA too ofte …"

EPA's 'Brownfields' program coming up short

By Gwyneth Shaw, Beverly Ford and Evelyn Larrubia

Thousands of polluted properties remain despite $1.5 billion in federal assistance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bridgeport":

"… . in 1993, followed by two grants for the same amount to Richmond, Va. and Bridgeport, Conn. in 1994, according to EPA documents. By 1995, it had received more …"

Federal report: Fewer kids are victims of violent crime, but more are poor

By Susan Ferriss

An annual report is a mixed bag, showing fewer teen pregnancies and less violent crime, but more poverty and exposure to air pollution.

State settlement boosts monitoring at massive coal ash dump bordering two states

By Chris Hamby

One of the nation’s largest impoundments of the often-toxic byproducts of burning coal must stop accepting waste by 2016.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… the impoundment into the water supply.The groups filing the notice — the Environmental Integrity Project and Public Justice — praised the state Department of …"

"… l Integrity Project and Public Justice — praised the state Department of Environmental Protection’s action. But they say the settlement came after the agency …"

"… way to tackle this in a comprehensive way and not on a piecemeal basis,” Environmental Integrity Project lawyer Lisa Widawsky-Hallowell said. “It calls atten …"

"… . “It calls attention to the need for federal coal ash regulation.”The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule to address the handling of c …"

U.S. issues fines, orders upgrades at coal-fired power plants

By Alice Su

The EPA and Justice Department issue a $950,000 fine and order millions in pollution control technology at three coal-fired power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… . …"

"… rmful pollutants,” Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, said in a sta …"

IMPACT: Citizens sue Iowa plant over air pollution

By Chris Hamby

Those living in the shadow of an Iowa corn processing plant allege damage from years of air pollution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… igned to protect public health. …"

"… g Corp. — a vital piece of the town’s economy and a political force in Iowa.For years, the lawsuit alleges, residents have put up with constant pollut …"

IMPACT: Environmental groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation

By Emma Schwartz

Groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal":

"… set strong, federally enforceable safeguards against this toxic menace.”Coal ash is the collective term for the solid remnants left over from the burni …"

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

Landmark study of miners shows elevated risk of cancer from engine exhaust

Excerpts from this story referencing "Allen Schaeffer":

"… nue to be exposed … at levels similar to those observed in this study.”Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit organizati …"

'Chemicals of concern' list stuck at OMB

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

A proposed EPA list of 'chemicals of concern' has been under review by the White House budget office for 638 days

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… rm regulation of toxic chemicals.Big chemical companies seem most worried. ExxonMobil, for instance, argued that two of its chemicals used to make plastics flex …"

EPA hopes disclosure leads to greenhouse gas reductions

By Chris Hamby

The EPA hopes releasing new data will help reduce emissions of substances contributing to climate change

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory doesn't offer full picture of pollution

By Corbin Hiar

Agency database shows emissions are down overall, but self-reporting makes the data suspect

Excerpts from this story referencing "Buffalo":

"… lax Clean Air Act enforcement.In Tonawanda, N.Y., a small town outside of Buffalo, citizens used buckets and hand-held vacuums to test the air after dozens …"

Q&A: Former Bush official touts ‘market-based’ air toxics regulation

By Corbin Hiar

Q&A with the man some call "the next EPA administrator" if Romney wins the White House.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… re aggressive aspirational goal? If you think of the incredible steps that Texas has [taken] – or Ohio – to achieve federal air quality standards, how …"

"… ties included on the EPA’s air pollution “watch list” are located in Texas and Ohio. Why do you praise their regulatory records?A: In Texas or Ohio, …"

"… ocated in Texas and Ohio. Why do you praise their regulatory records?A: In Texas or Ohio, they have a higher number of industrial facilities, where in Sout …"

"… re diverse and people-centered, not industrial-centered. The fact is that [Texas and Ohio] have large emitters, but the states [are] making tradeoffs somew …"

EPA releases long-awaited power plant air toxics rule

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA releases details of a landmark rule to cut air emissions of mercury and other toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… s globally,” said USGS scientist Peter Van Metre, who authored the study. …"

Mercury falling: Groundbreaking power plant emissions rule imminent

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA is poised to issue a new regulation restricting toxic power plant emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… t 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 …"

Paper mill air pollution standards 25 years out of date, environmental groups sue EPA

By Rachael Marcus

Pulp mills emit hazardous pollutants that have been linked to heart and lung disease

Excerpts from this story referencing "Port Townsend AirWatchers":

"… ave to breathe,” said Helen Kang, the lawyer representing Greenpeace and Port Townsend AirWatchers. “Why does it take a lawsuit from the citizens to do a job that the agen …"

"… follow through and do these reviews,” said Gretchen Brewer, director of Port Townsend AirWatchers.Under the existing New Source Performance Standards, only particulate matt …"

IMPACT: Day after story on weak enforcement, a state cracks down on polluter

By Chris Hamby

The day after an article highlighted weak enforcement, Iowa's attorney general takes on a source of toxic emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… ame rules the attorney general on Thursday accused the company of breaking. …"

"… a toxic metal that can damage the nervous system — than any facility in Iowa and more acetaldehyde — a probable carcinogen — than almost any plant …"

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