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November 20, 2012 | Blog Post

The Shiny Scary Truth About Chromium

Chromium shows up in surprising places in modern society—most notably on car bumpers and furniture to improve how they look. Too often, the facilities that do this kind of plating put the carcinogen hexavalent chromium into the air in local communities where they operate.

November 19, 2012 | In the News: The Fresno Bee

Lawsuit challenges Valley's dirty-air penalty

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of environmental groups seeks to hold major industries in the San Joaquin Valley accountable for their share of ozone pollution there. The local agency charged with enforcing the federal Clean Air Act has instead forced citizens to pay almost $30 million in fines as a result of its own continuous failure to meet yearly ozone cleanup deadlines.

November 8, 2012 | In the News: San Juan Islander

For WA Oil Refineries, What Qualifies as Air Pollution?

Washington state’s Ecology Department is trying to redefine the meaning of “air contaminant” because it is unable to curb its air pollution, most of which comes from the refineries along the coast. A judge ruled that the state violated the Clean Air Act by not enforcing the use of "reasonably available control technologies" by the refineries.