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ADEQ: Private-sector practices boost efficiency

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has cut the time to process a permit by 60 percent, doubled the number of tank cleanings and made other gains by embracing private-sector policies where possible, Director Henry Darwin testified before a House committee.... Read more»

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Analysis

Switching from a gas tax to a mileage-based user fee

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

The politics of poison

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.... Read more»

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing.... Read more»

Texas among nation's worst water polluters

Texas is the second-biggest water polluter in the country, in terms of pounds released. But when the toxicity of the pollution is factored in, Texas jumps to the top of the list — and it’s not even close.... Read more»

Clean energy investment in the United States

Financial tools and foreign investment can inject additional capital into the clean energy market. Clean energy is at an apex of viability and affordability as financial institutions and governments seek to secure a lower-carbon future.... Read more»

2.8 million Arizonans live within zones vulnerable to toxic leaks

More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals. The toxic agents, which the EPA deems extremely hazardous, are stored in more than 100 facilities and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death.... Read more»

EPA plan would slash carbon emissions from 1,000 existing power plants

The EPA proposed the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday. The high-profile announcement marks the second time in less than a year the agency has released far-reaching rules aimed at fulfilling a key pillar of President Obama’s sweeping climate plan — to cut carbon pollution from both existing and planned power plants.... Read more»

Az has among steepest cuts under new EPA carbon-emissions proposal

Arizona power plants would have to make the second-highest reductions in carbon emissions in the nation under new rules proposed Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.... Read more»

Incentives driving water conservation

With supplies limited and growth expected, conservation is certain to be a big part of Arizona’s water future. But experts say making homes more water-efficient is driven primarily by government and utility incentives rather than homeowners simply trying to go green.... Read more»

Efficient cars, renewable energy lowering Az greenhouse gas emissions

Energy-efficiency requirements, rules on auto-emissions and policies promoting renewable energy prevented 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere during 2012, according to a report by Environment Arizona. A representative of the group calls that a good start.... Read more»

EPA proposing OK for Maricopa County dust-reduction plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing approval for a plan by local and state officials to reduce airborne dust in Maricopa County. The approval would end years of wrangling over the county’s failure to meet EPA standards — a conflict that jeopardized federal highway funding.... Read more»

Texas border towns struggle to protect water infrastructure

More than 600 children in a South Texas border town may be prevented from returning to school on Monday because of a long-standing dispute over water rates, which have skyrocketed in recent years amid attempts to make badly needed upgrades to the town’s water infrastructure.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Digging into EPA letter on Rosemont Mine

Interviews with Rosemont Mine VP Cathy Arnold, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes, mortgage specialist Chuck Byler, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, and Save the Scenic Santa Ritas President Gail Hartman.... Read more»

Tribal leaders meet in Washington to hear from Obama, Cabinet officials

The effect of climate change on tribes in the Southwest was just one of the topics at the wide-ranging White House Tribal Nations Conference, which featured the president and much of his Cabinet.... Read more»

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