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Obama tightens air pollution limits

Published on December 17, 2012 by in Home

  EPA to cut release of soot from power plants and diesel engines, following link to higher rates of heart attacks and lung diseases   Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent The Guardian   The Obama administration has set new limits on a deadly form of air pollution – and risked a backlash from industry early in a second

 
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Drilling Methane Emissions Lawsuit: New York And 6 Other States To Sue EPA

Published on December 12, 2012 by in Home

  PITTSBURGH — Seven Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states announced plans Tuesday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, saying it is violating the Clean Air Act by failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, which has boomed in nearby states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

 
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Using the Clean Air Act to Sharply Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Climate and energy experts at NRDC have crafted a groundbreaking proposal that will help the Administration create jobs, grow the economy, and curb climate change by going after the country’s largest source of climate-changing pollution: emissions from hundreds of existing power plants. NRDC’s proposal shows how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the

 
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Is fracking an ‘environmental justice’ issue?

Published on July 28, 2012 by in Home

by Emily Yehle   Hydraulic fracturing may be one of the top environmental controversies of the moment — but is it also an environmental justice problem? It is one of the most high-profile questions facing the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and a debate that highlights the difficulty in drawing a clear line on what qualifies

 
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Budget cuts threaten federal green plan for oilsands and coal: scientist

Published on June 14, 2012 by in Home

By Mike De Souza Postmedia News   OTTAWA – Budget cuts to a team of smokestack pollution specialists at Environment Canada could jeopardize the Harper government`s efforts to crack down on pollution from industries such as the oilsands and coal-fired electricity generation, warns a University of Guelph professor, who worked with the special unit of

 
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Why I Must Write About Fracking

Published on May 15, 2012 by in Home

Mike Ludwig Truthout   The controversial gas drilling technique known as “fracking” is quickly changing the landscape in Washington and our own backyards. Last week, Truthout launched a new section called “Gas Rush: Fracking In Depth,” where you can find all of our groundbreaking coverage of America’s gas boom and the environmental problems caused by

 
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P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability

Published on May 3, 2012 by in Home

www.epa.gov   The EPA has announced the winners of its annual P3 award that honors innovative environmental solutions developed by college teams. This year 45 teams were judged by a panel convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on their idea’s potential to provide “innovative, cutting-edge sustainable solutions to worldwide environmental problems.”

 
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Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites

Published on April 28, 2012 by in Home

Zero Carbon Ontario   The US EPA is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated land and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. This initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments

 
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EPA Steps in on Fracking

Published on April 24, 2012 by in Home

by Tara Holmes Care2.com   After years of inaction, the EPA has finally taken an important first step in regulating hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.” The regulation, announced earlier this week, comes in response to mounting citizen concern and zeros in on air pollution present at fracking sites, particularly volatile organic compounds, toxic

 
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The Fracking Frenzy’s Impact on Women

Published on April 5, 2012 by in Home

  By Sara Jerving PR Watch    Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated widespread media attention this year. The process, which injects water and chemicals into the ground to release “natural” gas and oil from shale bedrock, has been shown to contribute significantly to air and water pollution and has even been linked to earthquakes. But

 
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