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October 25, 2023

SEJ Webinar: Mining Public Records To Unearth Air Pollution

In this SEJ webinar, join California Newsroom reporter Molly Peterson and MuckRock data reporter Dillon Bergin to learn how to turn a question into an effective public records request; find the records you want and use them in your reporting; and see how you can use data from a recent investigation to scrutinize air pollution erased from the regulatory record near you. 1-2pm ET.


"Mega CAFOs on the Chesapeake"

"Chicken farms housing millions of animals threaten a fragile ecology"

"On a drizzly day in May, Maria Payan walked along a country road in Somerset County, Maryland, near her home. On one side of the road was a white house with a peaked roof and an American flag flying from the porch; a ride-on toy tractor was parked by the front steps. On the other, a row of six long, windowless metal buildings housed tens of thousands of chickens. “Oh, the smell is so bad,” Payan said. “Can you imagine living with this every day?”

Source: Sierra, 10/09/2023

"EPA Objects To Air Quality Permit Issued To US Steel’s Clairton Coke Works"

"The Environmental Protection Agency objected to an air quality permit issued to U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works, a move advocates say will protect Mon Valley residents from emissions of harmful air pollutants. The EPA filed the objection under the grounds that the permit — which was issued by the Allegheny County Health Department in November — did not comply with the Clean Air Act."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/09/2023

"Industrial Air Pollution Battle Set to Move Beyond Smokestacks"

"Advocates and communities pushing for increased air pollution monitoring at industrial facilities are stretching the limits of long-standing emission control requirements that have largely stopped at smokestacks."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/28/2023

WA Prisoners Struggle With Wildfire Smoke As Ventilation Upgrades Go Unfunded

"When the wildfire smoke arrives, Harry Whitman has nowhere to go. “When there’s smoke or there’s a fire, they lock you in,” Whitman said. Whitman, president of the advocacy group Black Prisoners’ Caucus, is incarcerated at Airway Heights Corrections Center."

Source: Washington State Standard, 09/27/2023

"Court Rejects Utah’s Request To Block EPA Smog Rule"

"A federal appeals court on Monday sided with the Biden administration against the state of Utah in a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “good neighbor” rule, which regulates the flow of air pollution across state lines."

Source: The Hill, 09/26/2023

Youngstown Council Unanimously Nixes ‘Dangerous’ Tire Pyrolysis Plant

"The Youngstown City Council approved a resolution on Wednesday night opposing an “advanced recycling” plant that would have used a process called pyrolysis to burn old tires to make steam for heating and cooling downtown buildings."

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/25/2023

Wildfire Smoke Is Erasing Years Of Progress Toward Cleaning Up America's Air

"Over the last few decades, air in the U.S. has undergone a remarkable transformation: pollution levels of health-damaging tiny particles have dropped by roughly 40% since 2000, primarily thanks to the country's decades-long effort to improve air quality through the Clean Air Act, a landmark environmental law."

Source: NPR, 09/21/2023


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