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The Phoenix metro area experienced 153 days with high ozone or particulate metter levels in 2018, just one reason environmental groups want stricter standards. But in April the EPA said it would not expand the rule on air pollution regarding particular matter in the air.

Particulate matter kills people. That was true before the pandemic, and new research has tied it to coronavirus deaths. But the EPA is ignoring scientists who say stricter particulate matter limits could prevent tens of thousands of early deaths. Read more»

In a blog post titled, “Scientists agree on climate change. So why doesn’t everyone else?,” The Washington Post’s Brad Plumer covers a new survey by John Cook and Dana Nuccitelli of Skeptical Science. According to the survey, “Among abstracts [of published scientific papers] expressing a position on AGW [anthropogenic global warming], 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.” Read more»

Fossil fuel protest

Environmental groups have long warned that America’s ravenous consumption of fossil fuels is not sustainable as a matter of public health or economic health . But on the heels of a boom in domestic natural gas production — most of it the result of the adoption of fracking — their opponents are in the ascendency. Read more»

Safety and environmental advocates say the Obama administration is sacrificing public health protections to blunt conservative attacks on government regulation. While it is common for candidates to move to the middle before an election, the shift has dismayed Obama supporters who had counted on a push for a raft of progressive reforms. Read more»

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, like most in the nation, is safe but could stand to improve its preparedness procedures, federal inspectors said this week.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report said more employees at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station need regular training on the plant’s Severe Accident Mitigation Guidelines, and that training exercises are rare. Read more»

As engineers in Japan struggle to bring quake-damaged reactors under control, attention is turning to U.S. nuclear plants and their ability to withstand natural disasters. Read more»