Anything related to air quality, air pollution, or the atmosphere

“Cancer Alley” Toxic Polluters Face Little Oversight From Regulators

"Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality has been accused of protecting the chemical industry it regulates. The agency is facing cutbacks as new plants are slated for communities that already have some of the country’s most toxic air."

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 12/20/2019

"A Methane Leak, Seen From Space, Proves to Be Far Larger Than Thought"

"The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States."

Source: NY Times, 12/17/2019

Some Waukegan, Ill., Residents See Spike in Ethylene Oxide Blood Levels

"People living near Medline Industries in north suburban Waukegan had higher levels of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in their bloodstream than others who live farther away, according to test results from a federally funded study."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/13/2019

Latest EPA Guidance Weakens Air Protections In Favor Of Industry: Critics

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday released its newest definition for ambient air in a move critics say will ease burdens on polluting industries. On its surface, the guidance deals less directly with air quality than it does with fencing."

Source: The Hill, 12/05/2019

"Air Pollution: Amid Disagreement, Panel Sticks With Soot Status Quo"

"EPA is poised to leave its national soot standards unchanged after a fractured advisory panel yesterday formally opted to recommend the status quo. While career EPA staff had tentatively concluded that the annual exposure benchmark is too weak to prevent thousands of premature deaths, a majority on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee found otherwise."

Source: Greenwire, 12/05/2019

Soiled Skies Incite ‘Choked’ Author to Pursue Air Pollution Story 

The data on dirty air is devastating. But it wasn’t just the numbers that prompted freelance journalist Beth Gardiner to chase the story of worsening air pollution around the globe. It was also the impact on human lives and the intersection with politics, power and money. She explains in our latest feature story. Plus, resources for your own reporting.

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