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Freedom

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On January 10, 2014
I now see why the Republicans passed the bill to gut Superfund. It’s clearly unnecessary, what with a company actually named Freedom Industries taking care of the good people of West Virginia. Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day’s […]

Selenium

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On November 16, 2013

This is not an acceptable decision from the EPA during a Democratic administration: Today, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to change how

Sriracha Emissions

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On October 29, 2013
Among the many products we probably don’t actively think of as having a major pollution impact in Sriracha. But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce’s production facilities are, residents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor that the city says appears to be emanating from the factory […]

Legacy Pollution

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On July 31, 2013

In Carson, California, Shell Oil used to have an oil tank farm. Then, thanks to America’s lax environmental regulatory state, a housing development was built on top of it when Shell no longer ne

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Why do capitalists move their operations? They do so to maximize profit. But that term is an euphemism that obscures the decisions behind those choices. Profits are great, right! For decades, corporations have shifted operations around the globe, sometimes within the United States but usually between nations, in order to take advantage of lax labor […]

Light Pollution

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On March 20, 2013

This piece on Hong Kong’s out of control light pollution is a good reminder of one of the least controlled means of pollution. While maybe it isn’t as damaging as water or air pollution, h

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Pittsburgh, 1940

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On June 4, 2012
In 1941, Pittsburgh passed a smoke control ordinance. Retronaut has a good collection of photographs suggesting why it was needed. Of course, this is also the Republican vision for our future air quality. This smoke was no joke. It could be fatal, especially given the mountains and valleys of western Pennsylvania that trapped the smog. […]
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