ground level ozone

Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

Article: Wildfires Send Ozone Pollution High Above Legal Limits

BOULDER, Colorado, October 9, 2008 (ENS) – Wildfires can hike ozone pollution to levels that violate U.S. public health and environmental standards, new research has determined. The study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research focused on California wildfires in 2007, finding that they repeatedly caused ground-level ozone to spike to unhealthy levels…

Pine Beetles Changing Rocky Mountain Air Quality, Weather

Article: Pine Beetles Changing Rocky Mountain Air Quality, Weather

BOULDER, Colorado, October 1, 2008 (ENS) – When pine bark beetles kill trees, scientists believe they may also alter local weather patterns and air quality. For the next four years researchers will study forests from southern Wyoming to northern New Mexico to determine the precise relationship between the beetles, the trees they kill and the…

EPA Set to Approve Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Air Plan

Article: EPA Set to Approve Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Air Plan

DALLAS, Texas, July 3, 2008 (ENS) – With more than $100 million in funding from two state programs, the smoggy air of the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been cleared to the point that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced its proposed approval of the area’s clean air plan. Tuesday, the regional EPA gathered…

Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

Article: Environmental Groups Petition to Overturn EPA Ozone Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2008 (ENS) – Health and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to adopt stronger standards for ground-level ozone proposed by the agency’s own scientists. The American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Appalachian Mountain…

EPA Chief Silent on White House Involvement in Key Decisions

Article: EPA Chief Silent on White House Involvement in Key Decisions

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 21, 2008 (ENS) – The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stonewalled Democratic lawmakers Tuesday, refusing to provide information about the role the White House played in recent agency decisions involving the regulation of greenhouse gases and the finalization of a new federal smog standard. The defiance of…

Brief Smog Exposure Linked to Premature Death

Article: Brief Smog Exposure Linked to Premature Death

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – Exposures of less than 24 hours to current levels of ground-level ozone in many areas are likely to contribute to premature deaths, finds a new National Research Council report. Ozone, a key component of smog, can cause respiratory problems and other health effects. In addition, evidence of a…

New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

Article: New U.S. Smog Rules Clouded by Controversy

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has tightened federal air quality standards for smog-forming ozone, but not to the extent recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific advisers. The decision was met with dismay by state and local air quality officials, public health advocates and environmental groups, who contend the…

OECD: Tackle Environmental Problems Now or Pay More Later

Article: OECD: Tackle Environmental Problems Now or Pay More Later

OSLO, Norway, March 6, 2008 (ENS) – Solving four major environmental problems – climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and the health impacts of pollution and toxics – is both achievable and affordable, finds a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, which includes 30 countries committed to democracy and the…

Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

Article: Ace Hardware Fined $850,000 for Selling Polluting Wiper Fluid

SACRAMENTO, California, January 10, 2008 (ENS) – In its largest consumer product settlement ever, the California Air Resources Board has fined Ace Hardware $850,000 for selling windshield washer fluid in stores throughout the state that failed to meet California air emissions requirements. ARB cited the hardware chain for selling windshield fluid that was specially formulated…