Previous Pollution News 2019

The Story of Plastic: New Film Exposes the Source of Our Plastic Crisis 10-12-19

Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Read more at EcoWatch

Meat, dairy producers face investor criticism over emissions 09-04-19

Key subject areas include greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), deforestation and the use of antibiotics. Read more at Just Food

‘It smells like a decomposing body’: North Carolina’s polluting pig farms 08-27-19

After years of burying neighbours’ complaints about illegal spraying of hog manure, state officials suddenly began posting them online. What changed? Read more at The Guardian

Pennsylvania power plant to stop coal ash pollution, pay $1 million fine 07-31-19

The Brunner Island plant near Harrisburg, long-criticized for pollution problems, will enter into a legal agreement to end water pollution from coal ash pits Read more at Bay Journal

A Storm Brews Over South Portland’s Oil Industry and Fumes From Its Tank Farms 07-30-19

Activists in this coastal Maine city beat back a tar sands pipeline. Now, fearing for their community’s health, they’re rallying residents for a larger fight. Read more at Inside Climate News

EPA: Factory Farms Don’t Need to Report Emissions 07-02-19

Environmental groups say a new rule from the agency eliminates one of the only tools providing communities near CAFOs with information about toxic substances in the air. Read more at Civil Eats

EPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste 06-05-19

A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would lift requirements for major farms to report the pollution they emit through animal waste. Read more at The Hill

Challenge from Clean Air Groups Forces NC Wood Pellet Factory to Install Pollution Controls 06-03-19

Enviva Biomass Plant Under Construction in Richmond County Agrees to Reduce Smog-Forming Pollutant by 95 Percent Read more at Environmental Integrity Project

Residents of NC Neighborhood Collect Their Own Air-Pollution Data 05-30-19

A Mecklenburg County community air-pollution monitoring project is highlighting how housing discrimination affects the health of predominantly African-American residents. Read more at Public News Service

The Battle Over Air Quality near Factory Farms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore 05-20-19

Residents of the Delmarva Peninsula and community advocates say the poultry industry is thwarting their efforts to monitor harmful air pollution from chicken farms. Read more at Civil Eats

Pittsburgh’s air quality continues to decline, new report finds 04-24-19

Once again, Pittsburgh scored all F’s on the American Lung Association’s annual air quality report card—and pollution is getting worse instead of better. Read more at Environmental Health News

Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds 04-01-19

You’ve probably heard statistics about how our diet affects the health of the planet. Like how a beef hamburger takes considerably more water and land to produce than a veggie burger, or that around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from food production. Read more at KUOW

Rail Travel Is Cleaner Than Driving or Flying, but Will Americans Buy In? 04-01-19

Passenger rail is around three times more efficient than a car on a passenger-mile basis at current occupancy levels. Read more at EcoWatch

As Houston choked on toxic fumes, Texas legislators targeted air quality programs 03-27-19

After storage tanks at Intercontinental Terminals Company’s chemical facility in Deer Park, just 15 miles southeast of Houston, caught fire the previous weekend, the fourth-largest city in the country was blanketed by smoke. Read more at Grist

Move over bacon: Poultry farms are taking over North Carolina 02-13-19

New analysis finds there are now more than twice as many large-scale poultry farms than industrial hog farms in North Carolina, bringing about new pollution concerns. Read more at Environmental Health News

How a group of Charleston kids spoke out against plastic, and won 01-27-19

When the activists presented the hundreds of signatures they collected in support of banning single-use plastic, one of their moms proudly pointed out their names were all written in crayon. Read more at the Post and Courier

Lawrence reborn: A polluted mill town reclaims its future 01-11-19

Residents of New England’s former mill towns often feel left behind after manufacturers leave town. But in Lawrence, Mass., locals have refused to let abandoned buildings and polluted landscapes define their future. Read more at The Christian Science Monitor

Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show 01-18-19

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites. Read more at Inside Climate News

U.S. Carbon Pollution Surged in 2018, After Years of Stasis 01-08-19

It’s an ominous sign for America’s ability to meet its goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Read more at The Atlantic