air pollution http://wkms.org en EPA Tightens Soot Standard; Estimates Cleaner Air Will Save Billions in Health Costs http://wkms.org/post/epa-tightens-soot-standard-estimates-cleaner-air-will-save-billions-health-costs The federal government has strengthened the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/pm/actions.html#dec12" target="_blank">national air quality standard</a> for soot and fine particle pollution.<p>The new standard is 20 percent more stringent than the current standard, which was set in 1997. It will require communities to make sure fine particle pollution is limited to 12 micrograms per cubic meter annually (the current limit is 15).<p>Fine particle pollution, or soot, comes from power plants, refineries, diesel trucks and buses. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:07:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 25717 at http://wkms.org EPA Tightens Soot Standard; Estimates Cleaner Air Will Save Billions in Health Costs Court Strikes Down EPA Rule to Limit Cross-State Air Pollution http://wkms.org/post/court-strikes-down-epa-rule-limit-cross-state-air-pollution <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A three-judge panel <a href="http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/19346B280C78405C85257A61004DC0E5/$file/11-1302-1390314.pdf" target="_blank">has voted two to one</a> to strike down a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would require some states to reduce pollution that travels across state lines. This puts the EPA in a difficult position.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:04:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 21088 at http://wkms.org Court Strikes Down EPA Rule to Limit Cross-State Air Pollution Afternoon Round-Up 8/9/12 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-round-8912 <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong> The U.S. government has been tightening the screws on <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/08/158441566/tax-evaders-beware-moneys-getting-harder-to-hide">Americans who hide money</a> in offshore accounts, putting pressure on overseas banks, and joining forces with European and Japanese regulators.</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:24:29 +0000 Rose Krzton-Presson 20515 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Round-Up 8/9/12 Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-ranks-first-toxic-air-pollution-power-plants Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.<p>The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org" target="_blank">Natural Resources Defense Council</a> analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the <a href="http://epa.gov/tri/" target="_blank">Toxic Release Inventory</a>, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:36:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 20513 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants