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Environmental Groups Oppose Biden’s Top EPA Candidate

Even though California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols has implemented some of the nation’s most aggressive climate policies and been a leading opponent of the Trump administration’s environmental regulatory rollbacks, liberal critics are opposed to her as a front-runner…

When the sun rose on the morning of Nov. 13, a procession of pumpjacks cast long shadows across golden hills. A lonely cow spent the night ten yards away but now stood backlit by the smog-filtered sun on the horizon…

Op-Ed: Finally, a Chance for Environmental Justice

The announcement of Michael Regan to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is good news for environmental justice…

Neonic Pesticides: Potential Risks to Brain and Sperm

Neonicotinoid insecticides or “neonics”—the most widely class of insecticides worldwide—have long been linked to massive losses of bees and butterflies, despite industry efforts to downplay their leading role…

Enjoying New Clout, Environmental Justice Groups May Press Biden

Though it may have been eclipsed in headlines and worrying by the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis has not gone away…

Letters to the editor for Sunday, Jan. 3

The “cap and trade” system in California is not perfect; however, it does reduce pollution levels, and over time it’ll make dirty energy — oil, coal, gas — too expensive to compete with clean energy. Some industrial polluters, however, use the credit scheme to continue polluting, and, in some cases, increase polluting in low-income communities…

California’s New Year’s gift: More fracking permits, delayed safety regulations

How did CalGEM, the state agency overseeing oil and gas regulations, celebrate New Year’s Eve? They issued 14 more fracking permits to Aera Energy in the South Belridge field and delayed to spring 2021 the release of public health regulations for oil & gas wells…

In 2021, California can lead the way on environment re-construction

California can be credited with lots of firsts: First state in the country to be granted a waiver from the fed to establish more stringent vehicle tailpipe emissions standards, separate from those established for the rest of the U.S…

The ‘Revolutionary’ Fight Over California’s Hidden Oil and Gas Wells

At the corner of West Pico Blvd. and South Genesee Ave. in west Los Angeles sits a tan, six-story building. It’s nothing much to look at: It’s set back from the street by a manicured lawn, lined by a row of trees on each side. An American flag flies out front…

Biden Faces Pressure to Tackle Backlog of ‘Unfunded’ Toxic Waste Sites

A joint report on Monday highlighted the pressure that President-elect Joe Biden is already facing to deliver on his environmental justice campaign promises—particularly when it comes to the 34 Superfund sites nationwide for which there is no reliable cleanup funding—the largest backlog of “unfunded” sites in 15 years…