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.
The Latest On: The Right to Breathe
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.
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.
In the latest episode of Down to Earth, our own Jessica Knoblauch interviews Dr. Alan Lockwood, neurologist and author of the new book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health. Dr. Lockwood reiterates eloquently what we’ve known for decades: there’s nothing clean about coal.