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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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Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

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»

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»

Air quality advisory: Pima County hit with 'regional dust plume'

Pima County officials are cautioning residents to limit their outdoor activities because of the high level of dust in the air Thursday. A "regional dust plume" has raised the level of airborne particles, and cold weather may lead to more smoking fireplaces overnight, officials said.... 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»

Dust in the wind means air quality watch for Pima County

High levels of soot, dust and aerosol matter in the air have led officials to caution people with sensitivities to limit outdoor activities for the next day or so in the Tucson area.... 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»

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

Water cooperation across U.S.-Mexico border essential, complex

Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border.... Read more»

Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King spill

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel Wednesday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Stand up, enviros — More to fight for now than ever

Most of us who worry about environmental issues did not support Donald Trump for president. So now what? What should committed environmentalists, in Congress and in communities around the country, be preparing for?... Read more»

Feds won’t press Gold King Mine spill criminal case, angering senators

Lawmakers on Monday questioned the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute officials in connection with the Gold King Mine spill, which dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River last year.... Read more»

Electric car owners in Az hope to jolt interest in vehicles

When Phoenix-area gearheads line up Saturday night at Scottsdale Pavilions to show off their cars as they have for more than 20 years, Brian Perkins will be there to help showcase 19 cars. But what he is displaying are different than the classic hotrods and souped-up racers that typically show up. They’re all electric.... Read more»

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