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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. 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 com

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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The apparel industry’s terrible toll upon working-class Asians becomes more apparent everyday: “Distressed” jeans are designed to make that wear-and-tear look seem oh-so-effortless, but it can be the result of someone’s body taking a real beating. According to a recent investigation by the advocacy groups Clean Clothes Campaign, War on Want, and Hong Kong-based Students […]

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, humans have made evolutionary adjustments for night and constant light could potentially have long-term damage on human health. In the short-term, […]

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 qual

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