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Final week spin for campaign ads

With the midterm elections this week, many campaigns and outside groups are making their final appeals. And, as has been the case all election season, some of the claims miss the mark.... Read more»

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High E. coli levels found in scenic Greenlee County river

Authorities recently discovered that the stretch of the San Francisco River that runs through Greenlee County had levels of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the EPA’s standard.... Read more»

Concrete results from TO recycling program

A research project to make iron-based cement is ridding the desert of glass in the Tohono O’odham Nation.... Read more»

Clean Air-Blue Skies plates becoming the domain of electric cars

When Jim Stack bought his Ford Focus electric plug-in, his passion to keep emissions out of the air was broadcast to the world. He can even drive across the country and not pay a penny in driving costs. Stack is part of an exclusive club for two reasons: having a plug-in electric vehicle and being able to sport a blue-and-white license plate entitling him to use the HOV lane even when it’s just him in the car.... Read more»

Az and EPA discussing best way to meet strict new emissions rule

Arizona would face the second-steepest reductions in carbon emissions in the country - 52 percent - under the federal plan, which aims to cut carbon nationally by 30 percent by the year 2030.... Read more»

Feds order 6 state plants to cut emissions, clear nat'l park skies

The EPA set new limits Wednesday on emissions from six Arizona industrial facilities in order to reduce haze at 17 national parks and wilderness areas in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon.... Read more»1

Enviros push Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup

The grass-roots advocacy group launched in April with the goal of getting Congress to mandate cleanup of the more than 10,000 abandoned mines in the country, at least 500 of which are on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Arizona asks EPA for breathing room on carbon-emission goals

Arizona will ask federal regulators next week to rethink their June proposal that calls for the state to cut carbon emissions from power plants in half over the next 15 years.... Read more»1

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

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»

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»

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