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As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

As members of Congress raise questions, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is auditing the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s investigative process.... Read more»

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Obama's clean energy progress

Despite congressional failure to pass essential legislation to reduce carbon pollution and establish a renewable electricity standard, during its first term the Obama administration successfully adopted policies to protect public health from air pollution, lower oil consumption, and create jobs.... Read more»

Official: EPA should recognize Arizona’s ‘unique environment’

Instead of tangling with Arizona over the Clean Air Act, federal regulators should consider Arizona’s unique factors, the state’s environmental chief says.... Read more»

Flake: EPA’s air-quality dealings with Arizona cost money, jobs

The EPA’s strict enforcement of air-quality regulations in Arizona is stifling job creation and proving costly to businesses unable to meet the standards, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake said Wednesday.... Read more»2

Az may sue to push feds on air-quality plans

Arizona is tired of waiting for the federal government to act on the state’s proposed air-quality plan and “very well may” sue the Environmental Protection Agency if action is not taken soon, a state official said Thursday.... Read more»

Navajo official: EPA rules threaten jobs at San Juan coal plant

More than 300 Navajo Nation jobs are at stake because of “excessively stringent and expensive” regulations the EPA has proposed for the San Juan power plant, a tribal official testified Wednesday.... Read more»

National Parks the focus of planned haze rule

By November, the EPA is supposed to complete a plan that could regulate emissions from dozens of Texas’ industrial plants, with the goal of reducing haze at parks.... Read more»

Az emissions program repealed in favor of milder federal rules

The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council voted Tuesday to repeal the state’s Clean Cars program, a set of tailpipe-emissions standards adopted in 2008, in favor of less-stringent federal regulations.... Read more»

Pollution by the numbers

From Tonawanda, N.Y., to Hayden, hundreds of U.S. communities are still exposed to pollutants, which can cause cancer, birth defects and other health issues — more than 20 years after passage of the Clean Air Act.... Read more»

Politics, industry and EPA stymie air toxics crackdown

The stumbling, two-decade-old war on hazardous air pollutants — declared on Nov. 15, 1990, the day President George H. W. Bush signed the Clean Air Act amendments into law — has stalled on bureaucratic dawdling, industry resistance, legal maneuvering, limited resources and politics.... Read more»

EPA posts secret 'watch list' that includes chronic polluters

The Clean Air Act “watch list” is secret no more. Just days after iWatch News, NPR and TucsonSentinel.com reported that the EPA maintains an internal list that includes serious or chronic violators of air pollution laws that have not been subject to timely enforcement, the agency posted the list on its website.... Read more»

As Az and EPA clash, Hayden awaits relief from toxic air

In some Hayden families, generations claim to have suffered ill effects from air pollution from the town’s copper smelter. Deaths from cancer are common. Now the feds are moving against Asarco when the state wouldn’t, which could mean millions in fines for the copper giant. (with video)... Read more»

Where pollution regulators failed, citizens took action

It took five years of prodding before state regulators formally blamed Tonawanda Coke for the high levels of benzene and moved aggressively to enforce the Clean Air Act. Finally in 2009 the state, together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, swooped down on the plant for a week-long surprise inspection.... Read more»

Few criminal cases target big air polluters

In policing the nation’s polluters, criminal prosecution is the government’s most potent weapon. Congress passed legislation 21 years ago to strengthen criminal enforcement and encourage the EPA and the Justice Department to go after the worst violators of air pollution laws. But an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News shows the extent to which this vision has gone unrealized.... Read more»

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EPA enforcement often brings more hot air than heat

Although eight Arizona sites are on a secret federal “watch list” of polluters who have not been subject to timely formal enforcement, the extent of air pollution in the state is clouded by poor record-keeping and bureaucratic miscommunication, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows.... Read more»

EPA's internal Clear Air Act 'watch list'

This spreadsheet contains the names and locations of 464 facilities on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal Clean Air Act “watch list.” The list includes serious or chronic violators of the act that have faced no formal enforcement action for many months. Until now, the list has not been made public.... Read more»

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