pollution http://kvpr.org en State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility http://kvpr.org/post/state-approves-expansion-kettleman-hills-toxic-waste-facility-0 <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">After 6 years, the state of California has approved the expansion of a toxic waste landfill near Kettleman City. The decision will allow the landfill to expand by 50%, or 5 million cubic yards, which owners at Waste Management Incorporated estimate will last about 8 years.</p><p class="p1">Jim Marxen&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:11:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 33062 at http://kvpr.org State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility Valley Edition: March 29 - Pollution In Fresno; Drought; Armenia; Historic Preservation Week http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-march-29-pollution-fresno-drought-armenia-historic-preservation-week <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This week on&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Valley Edition&nbsp;</a>we talk about a new <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/new-analysis-pollution-burdens-ranks-fresno-valley-counties-worst-state">ranking </a>of environmental health in California that shows many Fresno County neighborhoods rank among Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:25:49 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31926 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: March 29 - Pollution In Fresno; Drought; Armenia; Historic Preservation Week New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/new-pollution-mapping-tool-aims-aid-environmental-justice-fight-central-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the state of California released a new interactive online map that lets you look at how environmentally burdened your neighborhood is compared to the rest of the state. The tool, called </span><a href="http://oehha.ca.gov/ej/ces2.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">CalEnviroScreen 2.0</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> combines both data on pollution sources and the demographics of a community, including poverty, unemployment and linguistic isolation to compute a score that reflects a community’s overall environmental burden.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:22:22 +0000 Joe Moore 31922 at http://kvpr.org New Pollution Mapping Tool Aims To Aid Environmental Justice Fight In Central Valley New Analysis Of Pollution Burdens Ranks Fresno, Valley Counties Worst In State http://kvpr.org/post/new-analysis-pollution-burdens-ranks-fresno-valley-counties-worst-state <p>A new ranking of environmental health in California shows that many Fresno County neighborhoods rank among the worst in the state when it comes to pollution.</p><p>The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's CalEnviroScreen 2.0 database examines how the state's approximately 8,000 census tracts rank on a variety of indicators in two major areas: pollution exposure and socioeconomic factors that increase vulnerability to pollution. The database combines the two to give each tract a score.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:24:54 +0000 Joe Moore 31591 at http://kvpr.org New Analysis Of Pollution Burdens Ranks Fresno, Valley Counties Worst In State For Orange Cove, Drought Puts Strain On City's Water Supply http://kvpr.org/post/orange-cove-drought-puts-strain-citys-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite the rains of the past weekend, California’s drought is still a huge problem for communities up and down the state. While many towns in the Valley are bracing for the economic impact of the drought, and the resulting loss of farm jobs, the community of Orange Cove also has to contend with concerns about its water supply.</span></p><p>Mayor Gabriel Jimenez says that while the city has five municipal wells to draw water from the aquifer, they can't be used due to nitrate pollution.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:31:05 +0000 Joe Moore 28352 at http://kvpr.org For Orange Cove, Drought Puts Strain On City's Water Supply New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-links-pm-25-pollution-immune-system-damage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=558">new study</a> suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke can result in reduced immune system function. The study, funded by the California Air Resources board, looked at primates which were exposed to unusually high levels of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 for 10 days in 2008, during a number of wildfires.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:44:25 +0000 Joe Moore 26866 at http://kvpr.org New Study Links PM 2.5 Pollution, Immune System Damage California's Toxic Waste Control Department Tries to Clean Itself Up http://kvpr.org/post/californias-toxic-waste-control-department-tries-clean-itself <p>Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on the department’s efforts to clean up its act.</p><p>When a business is dealing with toxic waste in what’s considered a potentially risky way it must get a permit from California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control. There are currently 118 permitted facilities in the state that treat, store or dispose of toxic waste.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 23924 at http://kvpr.org California's Toxic Waste Control Department Tries to Clean Itself Up California Proposes Lower Threshold for Carcinogenic Substance in Drinking Water http://kvpr.org/post/california-proposes-lower-threshold-carcinogenic-substance-drinking-water <p class="p1">California health officials propose to lower the limits of a heavy-metal often found in drinking water. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">The California Department of Public Health proposes a regulation that would reduce the allowable level of ‘chromium-6’ in water to five times less than it is now.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">Chromium-six is carcinogenic. The substance is both naturally occurring, and leaks into the water supply from industrial hazardous waste areas.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 01:08:47 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 20526 at http://kvpr.org California Proposes Lower Threshold for Carcinogenic Substance in Drinking Water Valley Air District to Issue Air Alert Monday http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-district-issue-air-alert-monday <p>The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has announced that it intends to issue an "Air Alert" early next week. The alert will begin Monday August&nbsp;19th&nbsp;and continue through Wednesday August&nbsp;21st.&nbsp;</p><p>This district is urging residents to take steps that can reduce the amount of ozone pollution, and prevent a potential violation of the 1-hour ozone standard. In addition to health risks posed by ozone pollution, violating the standard could also result in a $29 million federal penalty.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:03:15 +0000 Valley Public Radio News 20151 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air District to Issue Air Alert Monday Bill to Increase Air Pollution Fines Moves Forward http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-air-pollution-fines-moves-forward <div><p>A bill that would increase fines for big air polluters in California is now headed to the Assembly floor. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it was drafted in response to the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.</p></div><p>The Chevron oil refinery fire forced 15,000 people to seek medical help. Under current law such a violation would result in a $10,000 fine. Democratic Senator Loni Hancock says the legislation she’s authored would increase the fine to $100,000.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:24:53 +0000 Amy Quinton 19981 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase Air Pollution Fines Moves Forward Fight Over Alleged Radioactive Waste Involves Kern County Landfills http://kvpr.org/post/fight-over-alleged-radioactive-waste-involves-kern-county-landfills <p>Consumer Watchdog and other environmental groups have filed suit against Boeing and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control over what they claim is the illegal disposal of low-level radioactive waste from a retired Boeing facility in Ventura County.</p><p>The groups allege that the demolition of potentially contaminated buildings at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley is a threat to public health, and a violation of the state’s environmental laws.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 02:46:26 +0000 Valley Public Radio News 19672 at http://kvpr.org EPA and Lawmakers Call Lack of Clean Drinking Water Unacceptable http://kvpr.org/post/epa-and-lawmakers-call-lack-clean-drinking-water-unacceptable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Environmental Protection Agency says California is violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA says the state’s Department of Public Health has failed to spend nearly a $500 million in federal money to provide safe drinking water. It’s estimated the state will have to spend $40 billion over the next two decades to fix the problem.&nbsp; As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, some lawmakers are outraged by what they see as a bureaucratic nightmare within the Department.</span></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 01:47:04 +0000 Amy Quinton 16433 at http://kvpr.org EPA and Lawmakers Call Lack of Clean Drinking Water Unacceptable Hundreds of Communities Rely on Contaminated Water http://kvpr.org/post/hundreds-communities-rely-contaminated-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 600 communities in California rely on contaminated groundwater. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in the </span>Tulare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake Basin and the Salinas Valley.&nbsp; It’s estimated that a quarter of a million people there rely on groundwater contaminated with nitrates, including some of the poorest people in the state. In the first of two stories, Amy Quinton reports on how one community struggles to deal with the problem.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 01:46:11 +0000 Amy Quinton 16434 at http://kvpr.org Hundreds of Communities Rely on Contaminated Water Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters http://kvpr.org/post/legislation-would-increase-fines-big-air-polluters <p></p><div><p>More than 15,000 people sought medical help from air pollution after the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, several lawmakers say polluters should pay more for air quality violations.</p></div><p>Under current law, the maximum penalty for air quality violations is only $25,000 even when negligence can be demonstrated.</p><p>Democratic Senator Loni Hancock says in cases like the Chevron oil refinery fire, it should be more. She represents the Bay area where she says the average fine for a violation is just $500.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:03:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 12381 at http://kvpr.org Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters Report: Cleanup Nitrate Pollution With Fee on Fertilizer Sales http://kvpr.org/post/report-cleanup-nitrate-pollution-fee-fertilizer-sales <p></p><p>The State Water Resources Control Board is recommending that California fund efforts to mitigate nitrate pollution through a statewide fee on fertilizer.</p><p>In a report to the Legislature, the board said that groundwater nitrate pollution in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley is likely to get worse in the future, and a dedicated funding stream is needed to address the problem.</p><p>Agricultural fertilizer and confined animal facilities are considered some of the top sources of nitrate pollution.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 02:54:31 +0000 Joe Moore 11086 at http://kvpr.org Report: Cleanup Nitrate Pollution With Fee on Fertilizer Sales Report: More than Half of Californians Get Contaminated Drinking Water http://kvpr.org/post/report-more-half-californians-get-contaminated-drinking-water <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than half of California's population relies on a contaminated drinking water supply – though most communities blend or treat their water to make it safe.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on that finding in a new state report out this week.</span></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:32:06 +0000 Ben Adler 10493 at http://kvpr.org Report: More than Half of Californians Get Contaminated Drinking Water Valley Residents, Health Advocates Call For Better Protection From Particle Pollution http://kvpr.org/post/valley-residents-health-advocates-call-better-protection-particle-pollution <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Joaquin Valley’s polluted air is a daily concern for Mario </span>Talavera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“When I go to the pharmacy, they ask why I need medicine," said Talavera, of Fresno. "For Mario, Angelica, Tomas, Jose. And for me too, Mario. I have asthma. The only person who doesn’t have asthma is my wife.”</p><p>It’s a constant stress for Fresno resident Teresa Vidales, too. Her husband, a construction worker and the family breadwinner, has asthma. One of her four kids does, too.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:05:39 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 10013 at http://kvpr.org Valley Residents, Health Advocates Call For Better Protection From Particle Pollution EPA: Valley Facilities Top Statewide List of Toxic Chemical Releases http://kvpr.org/post/epa-valley-facilities-top-statewide-list-toxic-chemical-releases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two hazardous waste facilities in the San Joaquin Valley led the state in toxic chemical releases in 2011, according to a report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.</span></p><p>The Clean Harbors landfill in Buttonwillow in western Kern County ranked number one in the state in toxic releases, with nearly 10 million pounds in 2011. In Kings County, Chemical Waste Management’s Kettleman City disposal facility released nearly four million pounds in 2011, which ranked third in the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:07:07 +0000 Joe Moore 9489 at http://kvpr.org EPA: Valley Facilities Top Statewide List of Toxic Chemical Releases Study Links Flame Retardants to Developmental Delays in Children http://kvpr.org/post/study-links-flame-retardants-developmental-delays-children <p>A new UC Berkeley study adds to research that suggests flame retardants common in California homes are linked to neurodevelopmental delays in kids.</p><p>The study followed nearly 300 women from pregnancy to when their children were 7 years old. Researchers tested mother's levels and then the children's levels for the flame retardant compound polybrominated diphenyl ethers, known as PBDE. They wanted to assess in utero effect as well as childhood exposure, says lead researcher and UC Berkeley epidemiologist Brenda Eskenazi.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:57:48 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 6934 at http://kvpr.org Study Links Flame Retardants to Developmental Delays in Children Arvin Residents Take On Air Pollution With 'Bucket Brigade' http://kvpr.org/post/arvin-residents-take-air-pollution-bucket-brigade <p>The small Kern County community of Arvin has some of the worst air in the nation. Surrounded on two sides by mountains at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, the city's 16,000 residents breathe air polluted by cars, trucks and industrial operations from nearby, and from across the valley. But now some members of the community are taking matters into their own hands, with a "bucket brigade" that aims to clean up the air. But their efforts are not without controversy.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:43:11 +0000 Joe Moore 5494 at http://kvpr.org Arvin Residents Take On Air Pollution With 'Bucket Brigade'