CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2001 |
Faced with a finding that their facility's emissions may have harmed local residents, operators of a Lockwood Valley clay mine have agreed to pollution control measures at the rural back-country site. A study by the county's Air Pollution Control District found that Pacific Custom Materials is violating its permit by releasing 1 1/2 times as much sulfur dioxide--the precursor to acid rain--as standards allow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993 |
When Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn announced a new jobs initiative last week, he stressed the seriousness of the local economic situation by flashing a Depression-era magazine. Featured in the July, 1933, California Journal of Development were articles on the importance of government and business cooperation in times of crisis. "There is a growing partnership and marriage between business leaders and government leaders," Flynn said.
January 20, 1990 |
Air pollution from motor vehicles is responsible for $40 billion to $50 billion in annual health care expenditures and as many as 120,000 unnecessary or premature deaths, according to a series of studies released Friday by the American Lung Assn. "Five years ago, $40 billion was considered the high range," said James S. Cannon, an environmental analyst and one of the study authors. "Now, what used to be considered the high-range costs are now the mid-range costs," Cannon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2003 |
Central Valley regulators Friday continued a controversial policy of exempting the region's farmers from water pollution controls but left open the possibility that they may yet end the exemption. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board voted 5 to 2 to extend until the end of 2005 a long-standing waiver that exempts agricultural runoff from state water discharge requirements.
February 22, 2010 |
The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday unveiled a five-year, $475-million plan to revitalize the Great Lakes, including cleaning up polluted water and beaches, restoring wetlands and fighting invasive species such as Asian carp. Federal and state officials call the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan "historically unprecedented" in size, funding and coordination between branches of government. The plan calls itself light on study and heavy on action, seeking to heal the Great Lakes ecosystem from "150 years of abuse" and to ensure that "fish are safe to eat; the water is safe to drink; the beaches and waters are safe for swimming, surfing, boating and recreating; native species and habitats are protected and thriving; no community suffers disproportionately from the impacts of pollution; and the Great Lakes are a healthy place for people and wildlife to live."
April 8, 2007 |
As China's economy roars ahead, leaving Technicolor rivers and polluted skies in its wake, the world's most populous nation has struggled to craft environmental policies that will appease growing numbers of critics at home and abroad. Traditionally, many of the issues outlined in Friday's ominous United Nations report on climate change have been framed here, as elsewhere, as a trade-off between clean air and jobs. Yet it's also becoming increasingly evident that the division is not so clear-cut.
December 27, 1989 |
No matter where you went this past September, it seemed impossible to escape actor James Earl Jones' mellifluous baritone extolling the virtues of Atlantic Richfield Co.'s new lower-emission unleaded gasoline, called EC-1. In advertisements that saturated radio, television, print media and even bus panels, Arco spent $10 million in only five weeks to make sure that the message got across: It had produced the first commercially marketed gasoline formulated specifically to help reduce smog.
June 17, 1990 |
Ten years after Congress declared war on toxic waste, the Environmental Protection Agency is allowing the same companies that created the most dangerous problems to determine the scope of contamination and propose how to clean it up.
January 26, 2007 |
After the winter thaw, a huge enterprise -- so expensive and risky that it ranks among the most ambitious environmental projects on Earth -- will rise up from an abandoned cornfield in upstate New York. Not far from Saratoga, where Americans defeated British soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 40 miles of the Hudson River will be excavated to remove hazardous compounds discharged by General Electric.