Air

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Biofuel Refineries Are Releasing Toxic Air Pollutants in US Farm Communities

"The ethanol industry has billed itself as a green alternative to oil and gas, but new research finds biofuel refineries are releasing toxic chemicals in farm communities across the nation."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/13/2024

Higher Levels Of Dangerous Chemical Than Expected In Southeast Louisiana

"Researchers using high-tech air monitoring equipment rolled through an industrialized stretch of southeast Louisiana in mobile labs and found levels of a carcinogen in concentrations as much as 20 times higher than previously estimated, according to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology."

Source: AP, 06/12/2024
June 18, 2024 to September 17, 2024

U.S. EPA National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Calls

Environmental Justice (EJ) advocates are invited to participate in the next US EPA National Environmental Justice Community Engagement Call, taking place on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). These calls are free and open to the public.

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NYC Had A Bold Plan To Tax Drivers And Fund Transit. The Governor Killed It.

"What would have been America’s first congestion pricing experiment has been delayed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, leaving public transit in a financial hole."

Source: Washington Post, 06/06/2024

The EPA’s Power Plant Rule … We’ll See You in Court

A new federal rule to cut power plant pollution and carbon dioxide emissions promises to escalate a yearslong, highly partisan battle at the core of U.S. climate change policy. Our Issue Backgrounder lays out the shifting regulatory approaches from the administrations of George W. Bush to Joe Biden, and notes the legal tug-of-war that has heightened the importance of another big player — the Supreme Court.

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Maryland Hospitals Grapple With Health Fallout Of Medical Waste Incineration

"Maryland’s largest health systems are under pressure to cut their dealings with an incinerator that has a history of environmental violations."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/28/2024

‘Green’ Steel: Five Things To Know About the U.S. Transition

Plans for two new U.S. facilities that will use hydrogen instead of coal to make steel hold the promise of decarbonizing this essential but dirty industry. But don’t expect overnight change. Reporter Maria Gallucci looks at the complexities of making the switch, from ditching the ​blast furnace to reducing pollution all along the supply chain.

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"Canada Oil Sands Air Pollution 20-64 Times Worse Than Industry Says: Study"

"The amount of air pollution coming from Canada’s oil sands extraction is between 20 to 64 times higher than industry-reported figures, according to a groundbreaking study. Researchers found that the total amount of air pollution released from the oil sands is equal to all other human-caused air pollution sources in Canada combined."

Source: Mongabay, 05/21/2024

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