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What the Devil won't tell you

Don Diamond helped end the battles he long fought

Much has been written about how developer Don Diamond — who died this week — fought to defeat environmentalists in the growth war, but we should also take this occasion to remember how he put an end to that conflict.... Read more»1

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EPA plan to ease mercury standards raises ire of moms’ group, activists

Arizona mom Claudia Faudoa joined dozens of activists Monday who called the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to relax standards on power plant emissions, like mercury, an “attack on American children.”... Read more»

A CO2 sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levels

ASU researchers have developed a technology that scrubs the air of carbon dioxide. Now they need the funding to make it bigger.... Read more»

Bug bombs are duds at killing pests, yet pose health risks for people

A new study has found that bug bombs, which are used by millions of Americans to kill insects such as cockroaches, often fail to eradicate those pests and yet expose consumers to potential health risks.... Read more»

Gov't shutdown has mixed affect on health care

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual during the current shutdown. Though bottlenecked spending bills leave some services feeling the squeeze.... Read more»

Arizona lacks vehicle idling regulations, encourages voluntary action

There's no law against it but Arizona communities are trying to reduce locally the 30-million-ton problem of idle vehicles producing ozone. ... Read more»

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Ozone levels in Pima County air nothing to cough at

Ozone doesn't just make it harder to see the Rincons, it'll harm your lungs — and, as we're learning, even your heart. And Tucson just blew over the legal limit for the smoggy contaminant. Here's the low-down on why we should keep an eye on the sky. ... Read more»

Tucson mom joins other parents pressing EPA for ban on toxic chemical

Tucson mom Linda Robles was in Washington Wednesday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban TCE, the chemical she blames for the death of one daughter and the birth defects of three other children.... Read more»

‘Good riddance’: Dems, environmentalists cheer Pruitt’s departure

Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of EPA chief Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions.... Read more»

Az public schools still working to get lead out of drinking water

Since state officials identified dozens of Arizona public schools with elevated levels of lead contamination in water fixtures, nearly half the schools still are undergoing repairs or tests for levels that could affect students, faculty and staff members.... Read more»

Az faith leaders call on McCain, Flake to fight repeal of Clean Power Plan

Arizona faith leaders, from rabbis to imams, on Tuesday, chastised Arizona Sens.McCain and Flake for supporting theEPA’s repeal of a rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants. ... Read more»

Advocates: Cuts to EPA budget will be felt in Az programs

Arizona received $315M in funding for specific federal programs over the past five years – funding that could be endangered by proposed cuts to the EPA budget.... Read more»

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the last 10 years

As many as 63 million people, from California to New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation.... Read more»

Arizona official: EPA rule puts ‘extraordinarily high’ burden on mines

Proposed federal rules that would require mining companies to have cash sufficient to clean up any environmental problems they might cause are “duplicative and unnecessary,” an Arizona environmental official told a House panel Thursday.... Read more»

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Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others. Buy to opponents, conservation triage is an impractical and immoral policy that effectively allows bureaucrats to play God.... Read more»

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