December 16, 2003 |
With surfers increasingly on the front lines of the bacterial cocktails flowing from coastal runoff, the surf business is stepping up its role in the clean water fight. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn., or SIMA, has distributed $320,000 to eight environmental groups to combat pollution, conserve sensitive sites, maintain the integrity of established surf breaks and spread the eco word to the younger generation of surfers.
January 31, 2003 |
The Bush administration issues daily communiques on a seemingly inevitable war with Iraq, but beneath the radar it is engaged in an assault on the nation's environmental laws. The Kyoto treaty on global warming, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and provisions to protect public lands have been attacked. An obscure notice in the Jan. 15 Federal Register listed the latest target, the Clean Water Act.
November 29, 2002
Re "EPA Eases Pollution Guidelines," Nov. 23: So the Bush administration, in its infinite wisdom, is allowing industrial polluters to escape requirements for state-of-the-art pollution controls because it feels that if industry is allowed more flexibility it will "voluntarily" reduce pollution. I say we test this theory by forcing industry executives (and the EPA's chief, Christie Whitman) to move their families downwind of the polluting plants. This will encourage them to "put their money where their lungs are."
March 8, 2002 |
EPA Administrator Christie Whitman suggested Thursday that power plants sued for pollution violations might want to delay settling their cases until an appeals court rules on a federal utility's challenge to her agency's orders. That type of advice, said Eric Schaeffer, the Environmental Protection Agency's former director of civil enforcement, is why he resigned last week, protesting what he said was a White House determination to weaken clean air regulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2001 |
The fields vanished and the neighbors grew old, but there was always life in those rheumy eyes, a singsong fight in the soul of Clymar Avenue, and in the soul of Marguerite Lewis. Right to the end, Lewis tried to chase them out--the chemical companies and die casters, the diesel trucks and waste dumps that kept creeping up on the little nest she spent half a life defending. She came fluttering and chirping out of her ranch-style home, a mockingbird after a hawk.
August 13, 2001 |
As part of its sweeping effort to stimulate more energy supply, the Bush administration is scheduled to release by Friday its reassessment of a key tool aimed at reducing air pollution from power plants, factories and other major polluters. In its potential ramifications for public health, the outcome could dwarf the environmental issues, such as Arctic oil drilling and global warming, that have made headlines in the administration's first seven months.