Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur and Particulate Matter – Ecological Criteria

EPA announces the availability of the first external review draft of the Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Oxides of Nitrogen, Oxides of Sulfur and Particulate Matter – Ecological Criteria for public comment and review in a March 30, 2017 Federal Register Notice. The deadline for comments is May 24, 2017.

Wealth didn’t matter. Pollution from a coal-fired plant, carried miles by wind, still hurt their babies.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Air pollution from power plants has wanderlust. It never stays still. It rides the wind, drifting far from its source, visiting homes miles away with potentially harmful effects.

New research released Monday documents the impact that pollution from a coal-fired plant in Pennsylvania had on four wealthy New Jersey counties as far as 30 miles downwind. Women in those counties had a greater risk of having babies of low or very low birthweight — less than 5½ pounds — than did women in similarly affluent areas.

California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

Read the full story in the New York Times.

California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases.

Biofuels can slash aircraft particle emissions and reduce contrails

Read the full story at New Atlas.

By collecting and analyzing the contrails created by planes running on a biofuel mix, a NASA study has found that biofuels can cut particle emissions by as much as 70 percent. The benefits come not just from reducing carbon emitted directly into the atmosphere but by also cutting down the chance of contrails forming, which can have an even bigger impact on the Earth’s atmosphere.

Transport Companies to Scott Pruitt: Hands Off Clean Diesel

Read the full story in Triple Pundit.

A group of transportation and emissions-control companies and trade associations want to give Scott Pruitt a piece of their mind. This week they sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator voicing their support the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The group is requesting that the clean air program be included in the Donald Trump administration’s budget outline that will be released this month.

For Some In China’s Middle Class, Pollution Is Spurring Action

Read the full story from NPR.

In recent winters, severe smog has blanketed northern China with a grim regularity, triggering emergency measures in scores of cities. What has been changing in recent years is how some ordinary Chinese citizens, particularly those in the growing middle class — who have the means to take action — have chosen to respond to the pollution.

Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say

Read the full story from NPR.

The U.S. is producing less air pollution — but smog levels are still rising in the western U.S., due to pollutants released in Asian countries that then drift over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers say their findings show the importance of a global approach to preserving air quality.