Pollution

Los Angeles Lifts Air-Quality Limits For Cremations As Covid Deaths Double

"Air quality regulators have lifted the limits on the number of cremations that can be performed in Los Angeles county, citing a death rate that is more than double the pre-pandemic norm and an unmanageable backlog of dead bodies."

Source: Guardian, 01/19/2021

"Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations"

"Toyota Motor is set to pay a $180 million fine for longstanding violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced on Thursday, the largest civil penalty ever levied for a breach of federal emissions-reporting requirements."

Source: NYTimes, 01/15/2021

"Nine Michigan Leaders Face Charges in Water Crisis That Roiled Flint"

"A queue of cars stretched for more than a half mile outside a church in Flint on Thursday morning, filled with residents waiting for free cases of bottled water, as they have since tainted water began streaming out of their taps six years ago. Miles away in downtown Flint, something more novel was happening: A line of state officials, most prominently Rick Snyder, the former governor, were charged with crimes connected to the crisis."

Source: NYTimes, 01/15/2021

"Navajo Nation, New Mexico Reach Settlements Over Mine Spill"

"The Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday it has settled with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals."

Source: AP, 01/14/2021

Wildfire Smoke Causes Up To Half Fine-Particle Pollution in Western U.S.

"Wildfire smoke now accounts for up to half of all fine-particle pollution in the Western U.S., according to a new study that blames climate change for worsening air quality and health risks in both urban and rural communities in recent years."

Source: LA Times, 01/14/2021

"Climate: Trump EPA Aims To Tie Biden's Hands With Rulemaking Surprise"

"EPA has finalized a rule that leaves untouched an Obama-era requirement that new coal plants partially capture their carbon dioxide emissions — walking away from its proposal more than two years ago to scrap that mandate in favor of laxer standards."

Source: E&E News, 01/13/2021

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