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

Deadly Air Pollutant Disproportionately Harms Americans Of Color: Study

"Black, Latino and Asian Americans face higher levels of exposure to fine particulate matter from traffic, construction and other sources".

"Nearly every source of the nation’s most pervasive and deadly air pollutant disproportionately affects Americans of color, regardless of their state or income level, according to a study published Wednesday. The analysis of fine-particle matter, which includes soot, shows how decisions made decades ago about where to build highways and industrial plants continue to harm the health of Black, Latino and Asian Americans today.

Source: Washington Post, 04/29/2021

13 U.S. Refineries Exceeded Emissions Limits For Cancer-Causing Benzene

"Thirteen U.S. oil refineries released the cancer-causing chemical benzene in concentrations that exceeded federal limits last year, according to government data published by the green group Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 04/29/2021

"Infrastructure Money Could Aid Push To Plug Oil, Gas Wells"

"By some accounts, Pennsylvania has the worst accumulation of old, unplugged, ownerless oil and gas wells in the nation. There are an estimated 200,000 of them, and the cost to plug them could exceed $6 billion. The state’s orphan well plugging program has been underfunded for decades, but it is primed to take advantage of an influx of cash."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 04/27/2021

Fla. Passes Bill To Protect Sugar Farmers From Health Hazard Suits

"Persuaded by testimony from the leaders in the Glades agriculture community that sugar burning is not harming their residents, the Florida House on Thursday sent to the governor a bill that gives the agriculture industry protection from lawsuits related to long-term health damage."

Source: Miami Herald, 04/26/2021

Biden DOT Proposes Restoring Calif.'s Right To Set Car Pollution Rules

"The Transportation Department announced Thursday it was withdrawing part of a Trump-era rule that blocked states from setting their own tough car pollution standards, setting the stage for a return of broader power to California to fight climate change."

Source: LA Times, 04/23/2021

Report On Suncor Malfunctions Doesn't Quell Calls For Refinery’s Closure

"The problem-plagued Suncor Energy oil refinery’s push to renew its operating permits, and questions about state regulatory oversight, have intensified fears of residents, business owners and elected officials that toxic pollution north of Denver won’t end."

Source: Denver Post, 04/21/2021

EPA IG: Trump Official Delayed Releasing Info On Cancer Chemical In Ill.

"A Trump administration political official delayed the publication of information about a chemical that has been linked to health issues – including cancer – in Illinois, an internal government watchdog said Thursday."

Source: The Hill, 04/16/2021

Computer Mapping Could Help Biden Find And Fix Polluted Neighborhoods

"Diagnosed with asthma at 8 years old, Karlaine Francisco grew up thinking everyone had it. ...  After California began making environmental data available through an online mapping tool, Francisco and others in her Filipino immigrant community realized their chronically under-invested neighborhood Little Manila suffered high air pollution and groundwater contamination."

Source: Reuters, 04/14/2021


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