Air Pollution

Doublespeak: Trump Guts EPA While Claiming to be for Protecting the Environment

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – New EPA administrator Scott Pruitt recently told Fox News that Trump’s new executive order abandoning work on climate change and promoting fossil fuels is a return to “core EPA originalism.” This is clearly a perfect example of “doublespeak,” a term inspired by George…

Explosion at Paper Mill in Florida Generates Little News Coverage

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…BREAKING NEWS – By Glynn Wilson – A paper mill explosion Sunday night at the International Paper plant in Cantonment, Florida, generated typical local news coverage where the newspaper and television news stations are more concerned about a road closing and the status of schools than a…

EPA Slaps Fiat Chrysler With Clean Air Act Violations

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – A day after announcing fines totaling $4.3 billion against Volkswagen, the outgoing Obama administration put Fiat Chrysler on notice for similar violations of the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler for allegedly installing…

Obama Administration Announces New Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution at Ports

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the continuing drive to reduce the sources of air pollution in the environment before leaving office next January, the Obama administration has announced a new set of strategies aimed at improving air quality around the nation’s ports. An EPA…

Obama Administration Finalizes Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration has finalized green house gas standards and fuel efficiency rules for trucks to cut carbon pollution in the U.S., all while bolstering energy security and spurring manufacturing innovation, according to an announcement just out from the…

Volkswagen Admits Cheating on Emissions Tests, Agrees to Pay $15.3 Billion in Settlements for Deceiving Customers and Causing Air Pollution

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The German automaker Volkswagen has admitted to cheating on emissions tests and agreed to pay more than $15.3 billion in a settlement with U.S. regulators for decieving customers and causing pollution from its diesel vehicles, according to a release just…

NASA Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Toxic Air Pollution

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – Scientists have located 39 new major sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions previously unreported by existing methods, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature Geosciences. A known health hazard and contributor to acid rain, sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one…

Obama Administration Files Formal Complaint Against Volkswagen in Federal Court for Blatant Clean Air Act Violations

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… WASHINGTON (NAJ) – The Obama administration filed its civil case in federal court against Volkswagen and its subsidiaries on Monday documenting multiple, willful violations of the Clean Air Act due to the company blatantly faking clean emissions tests and high gas mileage in its diesel automobiles…

New Study Proves Coal is King Among Pollution that Causes Heart Disease

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Darryl Fears and Glynn Wilson – Exposure to emissions from coal-fired power plants over a long period of time is significantly more harmful to the heart than other forms of carbon pollution, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, released early…

Mobile Residents Say No to Canadian Tar Sands Crude Oil Tank Farms

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Will the City Government Side With the People or Industry? By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — The citizens of Mobile, especially those in the historic Africatown community along with members of the Mobile Bay Sierra Club, have held public meetings and spoken up: They do not…

EPA Proposes Tougher Smog Standards to Further Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…WASHINGTON, D.C. – Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, also known as smog, the Obama administration is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to better protect Americans’ health and the environment. The Clean Air Act requires the U.S. Environmental Protection…

Report Shows Fuel Economy Up, Carbon Emissions Down in the U.S.

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Due to federal regulations, like it or not, automobile fuel economy has hit an all time high in the United States, while carbon dioxide emissions are now at a record low, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency.…

Walter Energy Capitulates on Building New Coal Export Terminal in Mobile

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Birmingham Company Agrees to Sell Property to Alabama State Docks – By Glynn Wilson – In an unusual turnaround from its ambition to build a new coal handling export terminal along the riverfront in Mobile, Alabama, Walter Energy has reached an agreement “in principle” with the State…