November 25, 2013 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday appointed Francesca Grifo as the agency's official in charge of scientific integrity. In addition to overseeing the scientific integrity program, Grifo will chair an internal committee that deals with issues of standards, transparency and scientific freedom. In 2009 President Obama issued a directive that ordered federal agencies to refocus on science and remove political pressure from science policy. The EPA, which incorporates scientific analysis into its regulations, frequently comes under fire for decisions opposed by industry and challenged by other scientists.
July 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's revamped second-term Cabinet is nearly complete after the Senate on Thursday confirmed two of the longest-stalled nominees. Votes to approve Thomas E. Perez as Labor secretary and Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency quickly followed a deal to end a showdown over executive branch nominations. The 59-40 vote on McCarthy came 133 days after the Senate received her nomination, the longest delay of any Cabinet-level nomination this year.
January 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After President Obama finished his inaugural speech Monday, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) thanked him for mentioning climate change, a topic environmentalists said Obama had avoided during much of his first term. "I did more than mention climate change," the president told Waxman. In discussing the urgency of climate change before a national audience, the president elevated the issue into the top tier of second-term priorities that include fiscal reform, gun control and immigration reform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2013 |
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing regulations to reduce emissions from the massive Navajo Generating Station by as much as 84%, in a compromise that would give the plant's operators more time to install scrubbers and would ease the economic impact on two Native American tribes. Situated in northern Arizona, less than 20 miles from the Grand Canyon, the generating station is the source of haze viewed by tourists at nearly a dozen parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest.
December 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced a new air pollution standard Friday that would bring about a 20% reduction in microscopic particles of soot emitted by coal-fired power plants and diesel vehicles that contribute to haze and respiratory ailments. The new limit, fought by industry and welcomed by environmentalists, marks the first time the Environmental Protection Agency tightened the soot standard since it was established 15 years ago. "These standards are fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
HOME & GARDEN
March 24, 2012 |
I met him at a Persian New Year celebration in Irvine four years ago. His goatee lay perfectly around his lips, as if it had been painted by an artist. His eyes were kind. There was a story behind them I wanted to know. But I could glance at him only when he wasn't looking. I felt shy - unusual for me, but the feeling persisted even as time went by. He's Persian. I'm Egyptian. Persian men don't usually go for Arab girls. I didn't really think he would be that shallow, but I was aware of the possibility, and I wasn't about to risk finding out. I admired him from afar.