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Frank O'Donnell

Smog problems off almost 50% in 2009
December 4, 2009 05:29 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

If you think there’s less smog this year, you are probably right. Thanks in large part to cooler temperatures and more rain, the number of dirty-air days for smog nationwide has dropped by almost half in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by the non-profit Clean Air Watch. The survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers is the first comprehensive snapshot of smog in the United States in 2009. It found that the national health standard for smog, technically ozone, was breached more than 2,600 times through August 31 at monitoring stations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Clean Air Watch: EPA Deserves Passing Grade for Air Plan
August 4, 2009 10:22 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

The non-profit Clean Air Watch today said the U.S. EPA is on track to get a passing grade for its proposal to deal with dangerous nitrogen dioxide air pollution.

While Bush administration stalls on mercury, states try novel cleanup approach
November 6, 2008 08:27 AM - Frank O' Donnell, Clean Air Watch

Utilizing a never-before-used provision of the Clean Water Act, seven Northeast states have triggered a mandatory process for the U.S. EPA to control the atmospheric deposition of mercury that makes fish throughout the Northeast unsafe to eat.

Environmental leaders push back against biofuels bullies
November 3, 2008 11:01 AM - , Clean Air Watch

Environmental groups delivered a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency today calling on it to meet its responsibility under the law and reject a biofuel industry attempt to weaken global warming standards for ethanol.

Why is US Senate delaying on ship pollution legislation?
June 20, 2008 10:30 AM - , Clean Air Watch

It’s understandable that there would be an aggressive Democratic response to the calls by President Bush and John McCain to drill off the coasts.

EPA dangles prospect of tougher lead standard, but hedges its bets
May 5, 2008 08:38 AM - , Clean Air Watch

Like a Kentucky Derby contender that came up lame, EPA Administrator Steve Johnson was a late scratch at his own press conference today to discuss a proposed tougher standard for lead concentrations in the air. As you may know, the lead standard hasn’t been updated since 1978. And we know now that virtually any level of lead in the air can get into the blood stream, leading to possible brain damage for children and other bad health effects. EPA is under a court order to issue a final new standard by September of this year.

Governors rally against dirty Bush ploy...and what's up with coal in California?
April 28, 2008 07:05 AM - , Clean Air Watch

Twelve governors (California, Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington) have to congressional leaders and the President, protesting the disgusting move this week by the federal Department of Transportation, which is seeking to preempt these and other states from enforcing greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles.

House progressives stake out global warming principles
April 23, 2008 08:38 AM - , Clean Air Watch

Reps. Waxman, Markey, and Inslee have sent a dear colleague laying out principles for global warming legislation in a letter addressed to Speaker Pelosi and requesting Members to join them on the letter.

Clean Air Watch to car companies: stop fibbing, start making cleaner cars
April 22, 2008 08:13 AM - , Clean Air Watch

It’s a lovely Friday in our nation’s capital, but it’s being marred by the emissions of a new lobbying blitz by car companies and car dealers. They held a press briefing today. The target here is any attempt to reinstate the right of California and other states to set greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles. There they go again! The same companies that literally fought for decades against better fuel economy standards now claim new standards enacted by Congress are just peachy.

On the President's new climate "principles"
April 17, 2008 08:50 AM - , Clean Air Watch

These principles are almost laughable. The President is about 8 years behind the curve. (He himself endorsed the concept of power plant emission limits 8 years ago, only to disavow the idea once in office.) An initial and apparently more specific Bush trial balloon was shot down by key Congressional Republicans. These new comments appear to be little more than a thin rationale for a Parisian junket by some members of his administration. Perhaps the appropriate reaction should be “sacre bleu!” (though the Pope might find that inappropriate).

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