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Trump Set to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

"President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter."

Source: NY Times, 09/06/2019

"E.P.A. to Roll Back Regulations on Methane, a Potent Greenhouse Gas"

"The Trump administration is set to announce on Thursday that it intends to sharply curtail the regulation of methane emissions, a major contributor to climate change, according to an industry official with knowledge of the plan."

Source: NY Times, 08/29/2019

Chinese Drywall Maker Agrees To $248 Million Settlement, 10 Years Later

"Thousands of people who lived in homes in the mid-2000s made with toxic Chinese drywall, including many in Hampton Roads, may finally get some closure. Taishan Gypsum Co., the Chinese-maker of the drywall that sickened those living inside its walls, has agreed to settle the lengthy legal case for $248 million."

Source: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 08/21/2019

Microscopic Plastic Fibers Rain From The Sky In Rocky Mountains

"Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers."

Source: Guardian, 08/15/2019

For ‘Wonky’ Pollution Story, Making the Complex Clear

The latest Inside Story column takes a look at how one reporter turned a series of complex policy stories on renewable energy and pollution into an accessible, localized narrative — and in the process won a Society of Environmental Journalists’ explanatory reporting award. A Q&A about the project with Baltimore Sun’s Scott Dance.

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