Pollution

"E.P.A. Tightens Rules on Pollution From Vans, Buses and Trucks"

"The Biden administration on Tuesday strengthened limits on smog-forming pollution from buses, delivery vans, tractor-trailers and other trucks, the first time in more than 20 years that tailpipe standards have been tightened for heavy-duty vehicles."

Source: NYTimes, 12/21/2022

"Chilkat Indian Village Says Alaska Mine Poses Risk To Watershed"

"The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan is challenging a state permit approving construction of a gold and metals mine that would tunnel under the Saksaia Glacier on 6,100-foot Flower Mountain near the headwaters of the Chilkat River watershed."

Source: States Newsroom, 12/19/2022

Illinois Failed To Act on PFAS in Mississippi River For Over a Decade

"Alarmed by the threats to public health, Minnesota officials pressured 3M to dramatically reduce pollution released into the Mississippi River at its manufacturing plant southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the global conglomerate pioneered the highly toxic, almost indestructible chemicals after World War II."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/19/2022

"$698M Deal To End Monsanto PCB Pollution Lawsuit In Oregon"

"Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, will pay Oregon $698 million to end a lawsuit over PCB pollution associated with products made by Monsanto, the agriculture giant it now owns, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday."

Source: AP, 12/16/2022

"The Myth of Plastic Recycling"

"For many, recycling feels like a tangible way to personally combat climate change and to positively affect the environment. That's partially because of decades of public environmental campaigns, advertisements and even school education aimed at increasing recycling. But the reality is that only a small fraction of plastic is ultimately recycled."

Source: NPR, 12/13/2022

Political Will Favors Indian Coal Billionaire And His Dirty Fossil Fuel

"For years, nothing could stop the massive coal-fired power plant from rising over paddies and palm groves here in eastern India. Not objections from local farmers, environmental impact review boards, even state officials. Not pledges by India’s leaders to shift toward renewable energy. Not the fact that the project, ultimately, will benefit few Indians."

Source: Washington Post, 12/12/2022

"Virginia Air Pollution Board Votes To Leave Regional Carbon-Credit Program"

"Virginia’s air quality board on Wednesday voted to leave an interstate emissions-reduction partnership, bringing the state closer to fulfilling Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) vow to withdraw from the program earlier this year even as critics say the process needs legislative approval."

Source: The Hill, 12/12/2022

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