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BUSINESS
June 7, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. and 21 other carmakers denied claims by California regulators that they could comply with the state's carbon-reduction rules this year and asked a judge Friday for an order blocking the requirements. GM and two industry groups representing U.S., Asian and European companies said in filings in federal court in Fresno that the state was attempting to enforce carbon-exhaust rules that were barred by the Environmental Protection Agency. Without an injunction, carmakers will have to spend billions of dollars over 18 months, according to the filing.
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NATIONAL
May 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Health and environmental organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that the Bush administration's new smog rules fail to protect public health and the environment. The lawsuit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of several groups, maintains that the EPA ignored the recommendation of a key panel of scientists calling for more stringent standards. Eleven states, including California, filed a parallel suit to overturn the EPA's standards.
OPINION
May 10, 2008
Re "EPA may decide not to limit toxin," May 7 When the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with the job of protecting our environment for the benefit of the American people, stonewalls on regulating a known toxin in public drinking water, in my mind it is akin to our government saying it's OK to poison Americans. It's no surprise that Republican Sens. Christopher Bond of Missouri and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the latter a notorious denier of global-warming science, consider the need for Congress to force the EPA to act as "political interference."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
For the off-road warriors of Northern and Central California, few wild landscapes are as enticing as the Clear Creek Management Area, with its deep canyons, scampering feral pigs, rainbow-hued flowers and giant rock formations. But on Thursday, a 48-square-mile swath of the Diablo Mountains in San Benito and Fresno counties was labeled a virtual death zone where five visits a year over three decades could lead to lung cancer and other crippling diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Building on one of its all-time success stories, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to adopt a more stringent health standard for airborne lead to protect the nation's children. Under the long-awaited proposal, the amount of lead allowed in the air would be dramatically lower than the current limit, which was adopted 30 years ago. Nationally, airborne lead has dropped nearly 98% since the original standard prompted the phase-out of leaded gasoline.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2008 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Contractors renovating U.S. homes built before 1978 must take special precautions to avoid exposing children to lead paint under a regulation announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many physicians and scientists have criticized the EPA's long-awaited rule as inadequate to protect children who live in the estimated 38 million homes that contain old lead paint. Every year, about 11 million renovations occur in U.S.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
California's states'-rights battle against the Bush administration over global warming was freed to move forward in federal court Friday, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-delayed justification for blocking the state's 2002 law curbing greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson had written to Gov.
OPINION
January 29, 2008
Re "Hearing grows warm for EPA chief," Jan. 25 Why should the Environmental Protection Agency adopt the Bush administration's anti-terrorist secrecy behavior pattern when dealing with the health of Americans? The EPA has no business preventing me from knowing what is being done when it is my health that is at issue. If the EPA is preventing California from cleaning up its air for political reasons, I would like to know it. I won't like it, but I'd like to know it. Charles M. Weisenberg Beverly Hills For years, California has tried to implement standards that require automakers to reduce pollution from cars and trucks by 30% by 2016.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency signaled Thursday that it is prepared to comply with a congressional request for all documents -- including communications with the White House -- concerning its decision to block California from imposing limits on greenhouse gases. In a memo, the EPA's general counsel directed agency employees to preserve and produce all documents related to the decision, including any opposing views and communications between senior EPA officials and the White House.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As temperatures drop, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Coachella Valley residents Friday to avoid using discarded grape stakes as firewood because of a high risk of inhaling dangerous fumes. Grape stakes are treated with chromium, copper and arsenic, which can cause severe respiratory problems if inhaled. Burning concentrates these chemicals in the smoke and ash, according to EPA officials, who said inhalation could cause poisoning and serious health problems.
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