Category: Living Green

Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Air Quality Plummeting In The West

Karen Clay, a professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and the study’s lead author, says enforcement of environmental regulations plays a key role in the amount of pollution in the air. The researchers found that the increase in air pollution was associated with 9,700 premature deaths in 2018 alone. Read More: www.kunc.org

EPA To Weaken Rules Governing Coal Ash

Coal ash contains contaminants such as mercury, cadmium and arsenic, according to the EPA.The EPA’s Peter Wright said most of the 2015 rules will remain in place including how coal ash is stored and monitored. The proposal would give coal plant operators more time to close unlined coal ash waste ponds, while loosening requirements for how plants discharge wastewater. Read More: www.kunc.org