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Environmental prosecutions have declined under Obama administration

Environmental prosecutions have fallen sharply under the Obama administration, a change the EPA attributes to shift to focus on bigger, high-impact investigations. Prosecutions for environmental crimes fell from 225 per year under President Bush to 181 per year under President Obama.... Read more»

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Poor Arizona kids struggle more with asthma

Children in the state’s lower-income urban communities suffer more serious bouts of asthma caused by dirty air and other pollutants – despite decades of state and local monitoring and repeated concerns that air in their neighborhoods is dangerous to their health.... Read more»

McCain, Kirkpatrick blast EPA over Gold King spill

U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick are accusing the EPA of neglect for the agency’s response to Navajo communities after a Colorado mine spill polluted the San Juan River last August.... Read more»

Senate subpoenas EPA chief over Animas River spill

A Senate committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy or an assistant administrator appear at an April 22 hearing in Phoenix on the Gold King Mine spill.... Read more»

Az official tells Congress new ozone rules penalize rural areas

The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Thursday that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding “rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create.”... Read more»

Study indicates 3-D printing could release dangerous toxins

3-D printing clearly has it's benefits, but a recent study has revealed a major concern.... Read more»

Court upholds EPA-ordered emissions rules for Coronado power plant

A federal appeals court Wednesday said the Environmental Protection Agency acted properly when it rejected Arizona’s pollution-control plan for the Coronado Generating Station and imposed its own strict emission limits instead.... Read more»

Six months after Gold King Mine crisis, concerns linger

Six months after the Gold King Mine spill dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, regulators say the immediate threat has passed, but others say the long-term threat remains.... Read more»

'No other water' — Navajo drinking from uranium-contaminated wells

Residents of Sanders, Ariz. residents know their water contains dangerously high amounts of uranium, but with no other source — they are still using it.... Read more»

FactCheck

Does ethanol raise or lower emissions?

In dueling TV ads, foes of the federal ethanol mandate claim that it “doubles greenhouse gas emissions,” while the ethanol lobby says that “the oil industry is lying” and the mandate will lead to lower emissions.... Read more»

ASARCO, feds agree on $150 million cleanup for Hayden smelter

ASARCO will fund up to $150 million in pollution improvements at its Hayden smelter and pay millions more toward local environmental projects to settle federal government charges that the plant violated Clean Air Act standards.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

FactCheck's quarterly update of selected statistical indicators of Obama's presidency.... Read more»

Feds: No endangered protection for Sonoran desert tortoise

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday removed the Sonoran desert tortoise from consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Open space bonds: An unnecessary good

Answering the question, "Are the open space bonds necessary?," requires a bit of storytelling about a bygone era. For all the complaining done about local government in Pima County, the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan was the high-water mark for community-based compromise that led to a policy that works for parties traditionally at each other's jugulars.... Read more»2

EPA decision to lower ozone standard a ‘major challenge’ for Arizona

The EPA's reduction of its limit for ground-level ozone will put an additional seven Arizona counties out of compliance and pose a significant challenge, an official said Friday.... Read more»

Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

The federal government outlined new safety measures Monday that will protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure by banning pesticide use by minors and sharply increasing training requirements, among other changes.... Read more»

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