Scientists put carbon ceiling at a trillion tonnes
April 30, 2009 10:40 AM - Naomi Antony, SciDevNet

Scientists hope a new approach to assessing carbon build-up in the atmosphere will simplify issues for policymakers and economists.

Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke

Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.

Report lists worst, best cities for air quality
April 29, 2009 02:53 PM - msnbc.com

Sixty percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels, despite a growing green movement and more stringent laws aimed at improving air quality, the American Lung Association said in a report released Wednesday that also listed the healthiest and unhealthiest cities across the U.S. in terms of air quality.

White House push to nullify mining-waste rule
April 29, 2009 10:44 AM - Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Hearst Newspapers

The Obama administration on Monday took steps to cancel a Bush-era rule that made it easier for mountaintop mining operations to dump rock, dirt and other waste near streams.

Air pollution, invasive species threaten Great Smoky Mountains
April 29, 2009 09:59 AM - Nanci Bompey, Citizens-Times.com

Air pollution and invasive species are threatening the environment of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Park crews spends whole days cutting down shrubs along with combating dozens of other nonnative species. The park also had some of the highest levels of air pollution in the country when it started its monitoring program in the 1980s.

Landfill cover soil methane oxidation underestimated
April 28, 2009 10:50 AM - American Society of Agronomy

A literature review reveals that landfill cover soils oxidize more methane than guidelines suggest

EPA to Review Three New Source Review Rules
April 28, 2009 10:46 AM - Environmental Protection Agency

EPA notified petitioners of its intent to reconsider portions of three rules under its New Source Review (NSR) permitting program.

China Falls Short on Olympic Cleanup
April 28, 2009 10:26 AM - Jackie Grom, ScienceNOW

When most people think about the Olympic Games, they envision blazing torches, gold medals, and triumphant athletes. But a handful of scientists saw the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find out what happens when a major industrial city suddenly cuts back on air pollution. The

EPA To Withdraw Permit for New Mexico Coal-fired Power Plant
April 28, 2009 10:04 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

In the face of appeals by the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups, the EPA today asked its Environmental Appeals Board to voluntarily reject its issuance of a permit approving the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico.

Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. and Senior Managers Sentenced for Environmental, Worker Safety Crimes After Longest Trial in Environmental Crimes History
April 28, 2009 06:40 AM - ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency won convictions against the Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. of Phillipsburg, N.J in federal court for violations of environmental and health and worker safety laws. A large fine was assessed against the company, and The judge ordered the company to serve 48 months “monitored” probation, requiring it to submit biannual reports to the court. The sentencing of the company followed sentencing of four former Atlantic States managers to federal prison terms ranging from six months for former finishing department manager Craig Davidson to 70 months for former plant manager John Prisque. Also sentenced were former Atlantic States maintenance superintendent Jeffrey Maury (30 months), and former human resources manager Scott Faubert (41 months).

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