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Will loopholes gut New Mexico's rules on oil and gas well pollution?

Environmentalists estimate 95 percent of the state’s wells will be exempt from new emission regulations.
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Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Oil and gas companies will have to control and monitor emissions from fracking and meet tighter emission-performance standards on the electric motors used at drill sites, under some first-in-the-nation rules passed Wednesday night by Colorado air quality regulators.

theintercept.com
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As the West burns, Trump administration races to demolish environmental protections

Polluters and their agents in government want to finalize as many environmental rollbacks as possible before the presidential election.
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Communities of color are dumping grounds for toxic waste in Michigan

Seven of eight hazardous-waste facilities that accept offsite waste in Michigan are in disproportionately Black, lower-income communities in metro Detroit.

www.washingtonpost.com
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Bipartisan Senate plan would slash use of hydrofluorocarbons, a powerful greenhouse gas

In a rare defiance of the Trump administration, key Senate Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in agreeing to phase down a set of chemicals widely used in air conditioners and refrigeration that is warming the planet.

www.alleghenyfront.org
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Federal judges throw out 'gaping loophole' in PA's coal pollution plan

Coal plants could lower operating temperatures to ‘evade’ stringent limits on nitrogen oxides that contribute to smog. DEP has two years to come up with a new plan.
www.dw.com
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Smog threatens food production

When it's high in the atmosphere, ozone can protect us from the sun. But ground-level ozone, commonly referred to as smog, is harmful. This pollutant also affects agriculture - how big of a problem is it?

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Draft rules would cut methane venting, flaring in New Mexico 98% in six years

Environmentalists say the rules are much more aggressive than those in other major oil- and gas-producing states.
www.sun-sentinel.com
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David Jenkins: Reagan recognized the threat to the ozone layer; conservatives today should respond the same way to climate change

Climate change is a much more visible and advanced threat than it was in 1988, and we could use Reagan's brand of conservative leadership in tackling that problem.

www.cpr.org
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EPA, Colorado sue Kerr-McGee over leak detection and repair in Weld County

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
www.nytimes.com
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Pandemic’s cleaner air could reshape what we know about the atmosphere

Coronavirus shutdowns have cut pollution, and that’s opened the door to a “giant, global environmental experiment” with potentially far-reaching consequences.
www.post-gazette.com
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Hearings set on shale gas drilling air pollution regulations

Draft controls on methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations are a big part of Gov. Wolf's climate change initiative.

stateimpact.npr.org
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Wolf administration advances proposed emission limits on most oil and gas sites

A proposed regulation would require better monitoring and control of emissions at existing oil and gas wells and related sites.
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