Pollution

Cleanup Of Toxic Firefighting Chemicals At Military Bases: $2 Billion

"It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group of Democratic senators said Tuesday in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee."

Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review, 09/07/2017

"EPA: Pruitt Declined To Prosecute Fraud Allegations as Okla. AG"

"When his investigators dug into corruption allegations at a Superfund site, Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones believed they'd found criminal wrongdoing. But Scott Pruitt, then Oklahoma's attorney general, didn't agree with Jones about activities at the Tar Creek site. In 2015, a little more than a year after getting Jones' report, he said he wouldn't bring criminal charges."

Source: EnergyWire, 09/06/2017

"Potent Mix of Record Heat and Dryness Fuels Wildfires Across the West"

"Wildfires burned across hundreds of thousands of acres in the American and Canadian West this week, fueled by scorching temperatures that are breaking heat and fire records across the region." "'These unprecedented extreme events are exactly the types of events that are more likely due to the global warming that’s already occurred.'"

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/06/2017

After Refinery Damaged by Harvey, Benzene Is Detected in Houston Area

"The city of Houston, the Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental advocacy group are investigating a potentially hazardous plume of a carcinogenic substance in one neighborhood after a nearby oil refiner reported its operations suffered hurricane-related damage."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 09/06/2017

Enviros Gear Up To Defend Obama EPA’s Gas-Mileage Standards

"The tug of war over how much more fuel efficient new cars and trucks should be in coming years — a fight that once seemed all but settled — will play out again on Wednesday in a downtown Washington hotel."

Source: Washington Post, 09/06/2017

Harvey: Chem Plants Release 1 Million Pounds Of Extra Air Pollutants

"Oil refineries and chemical plants across the Texas Gulf Coast released more than 1 million pounds of dangerous air pollutants in the week after Harvey struck, according to public regulatory filings aggregated by the Center for Biological Diversity."

Source: Washington Post, 09/05/2017

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