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

BP Agrees To Spend $400 Million To Cut Pollution at Whiting Refinery

"BP will spend more than $400 million to significantly reduce noxious air pollution from its massive refinery in northwest Indiana, the company announced today in a settlement with federal authorities and environmental groups that could set a precedent for oil companies nationwide."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 05/24/2012

"Leaked Memo: Afghan 'Burn Pit' Could Wreck Troops' Hearts, Lungs"

"For years, U.S. government agencies have told the public, veterans and Congress that they couldn't draw any connections between the so-called 'burn pits' disposing of trash at the military's biggest bases and veterans' respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems. But a 2011 Army memo obtained by Danger Room flat-out stated that the burn pit at one of Afghanistan's largest bases poses 'long-term adverse health conditions' to troops breathing the air there."

Source: Wired, 05/24/2012

"Increase In Mining Traffic Heightens Valley Air Pollution Worries"

"Kathy Omachi was eating at McDonald's in Reedley [Calif.] recently, and she counted 51 gravel trucks pass by -- all in the time she finished a hamburger and fruit smoothie. The lifelong resident of this farming town, which is southeast of Fresno and within a few miles of three rock quarries, fears that even more trucks, with their dirty exhaust, will be on the road if nearby mining is expanded."

Source: Fresno Bee, 05/21/2012

Air Rule Killed as Obama Touts Effort To Cull 'Unnecessary Burdens'

"In what the White House calls a milestone in its effort to cut red tape, the Obama administration today said it was overhauling or eliminating five regulations -- including a Clinton-era air-pollution rule -- in an effort to save $6 billion in unnecessary costs over the next five years."

Source: Greenwire, 05/11/2012

Enviros File FOIA Suit Seeking Details About White House EPA Meetings

"The Environmental Integrity Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit Tuesday seeking details about dozens of White House meetings with interest groups to discuss Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The non-profit group, which advocates for the enforcement of environmental rules, filed the lawsuit after receiving no response from the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to a January FOIA request seeking more details on the meetings."

Source: E2 Wire, 05/10/2012


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