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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»

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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»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: 40 years later, Endangered Species Act still controversial

The Monday Political Face-off featured John Munger and Vince Rabago. Also, it’s the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. We talked with Randy Serraglio of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. Plus, Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster contributor on Mexico.... Read more»

U.S. and Mexico struggle to clean up Rio Grande

When the Rio Grande is swollen with rain, as it was recently in Laredo, it’s hard to tell that more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage spill into its waters every day. But kayak through the little creeks on the side of the river bordering Mexico, and the odor is unmistakable.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tobin urges benefits for Hotshot families

Rosemont Copper’s Cathy Arnold, Tucsoncitizen.com’s Mark B. Evans, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin... Read more»

3 Az-run power plants make list of nation’s 50 dirtiest

The Navajo Generating Station, Four Corners Power Plant and Springerville Generating Station were 10th-, 15th- and 34th-dirtiest in the nation in the report. But plant officials called that misleading, saying the report does not consider the power generated by those plants.... Read more»

Study: High arsenic levels in groundwater near fracking sites

A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Arizona files complaint vs. Federal Election Commission

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer... Read more»

Navajo electric plant offers alternative emissions plan

Owners of the Navajo Generating Station offered an alternative plan last week to what they called a too-costly Environmental Protection Agency demand to reduce emissions from the coal-fired power plant near Page. The plan, submitted to the EPA for review, calls for one of the plant’s three generating units to be shut down by 2020, for installation of equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 2030 and for an end to coal use by 2044.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: State election laws face challenges

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr.... Read more»

EPA says Maricopa City meets air-quality standard; more work needed

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that air-quality in western Pinal County has improved enough to meet a federal standard for soot and other particles.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: New Pima chancellor set to tackle college's troubles

Interviews with Vince Rabago and Cathy Arnold about Rosemont Mine, Councilmen Paul Cunningham and Steve Kozachik about Tucson’s new gun laws, incoming PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert about the future of Pima College, and Sentinel reporter Ted Prezelski with TC Tucson’s Chris Keeney.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Reforming state sales tax

Interviews with developer Richard Studwell, systems analyst Mark Spear, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer , Ken Strobeck of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, and Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson.... Read more»

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