On February 12, the federal government announced a multimillion-dollar settlement with Shell Oil over a long list of air pollution violations at a petrochemical refinery in Norco, Louisiana. In a statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the settlement "demonstrates EPA's dedication" to pursuing pollution violations and protecting public health.
The U.S. government should continue rigorous inspection of offshore oil and gas development, more than a dozen Democratic senators said.
The Department of Interior was called on to continue a study of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's inspection program for offshore development. A group of 19 U.S. senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, pointed to lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 as why continued rig inspections are necessary.
EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he will sign the paperwork to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration rule to combat climate change rule by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal and natural gas power plants.
Grandchildren change one’s view on everything. My grandson, Kellan, is 4. In 2100, he will be 88 years old and one of an estimated 11 billion people in the world. That’s almost 5 billion more people than today.
Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars could mean the company is responsible for nearly 1 million tons of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK’s combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, according to a report in the London newspaper, The Guardian.
The 193 UN member states last month agreed on a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. The SDGs provide a common framework for navigating the world’s most urgent economic, social, and environmental challenges.
In October, researchers from the University of London gave a Pennsylvania couple in Susquehanna County an air monitor to keep on their front porch. Every few weeks, the couple uploads the data from the monitor onto their computer.