Pollution

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Bay Area Air Quality Regulators Propose Fireplace Phase-Out, Ban On Wood-Burning Devices In New Homes

Bay Area air quality regulators are looking to phase out the traditional fireplace and forcing homeowners to swap out their wood-burning devices before selling or renting.

03/23/2015

Fracking (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

USGS: More Data Needed To Assess Any Fracking-Pollution Link

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey says more data is needed to be able to say for sure if a link exists between unconventional oil and gas development and degraded water quality.

03/04/2015

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Stanford Researchers Reportedly Working On Air Cleaning Window Screen To Fight Smog

A team of researchers at Stanford University have developed material for a window screen that could help people in cities with high amounts of air pollution breathe easier.

03/03/2015

Protesters against fracked oil trains held a demonstration outside the Kinder-Morgan rail yard in Richmond on September 4, 2014. (CBS)

Crude Oil Train Derailment In West Virginia Sends Tanker Into River, Sparks Fire

A train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into the Kanawha River and sparking a house fire, officials said.

02/16/2015

Smoggy Air

Sunday Marks Bay Area’s 22nd Spare The Air Alert This Season

The alert puts into effect a ban on burning wood, manufactured fire logs and other solid fuels for 24 hours.

01/25/2015

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20th Bay Area Winter Spare The Air Alert Of The Season Declared For Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the 20th winter spare the air alert of the season for Saturday, the agency said Friday. It’s the third consecutive alert this week.

01/17/2015

fireplace, fire, hearth

No Bay Area Spare The Air Alert For Tuesday, Wood Burning Still Discouraged

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking the public to voluntarily forego burning wood or other solid fuels on Tuesday, but it’s not mandatory.

01/12/2015

Smoggy Air

11th Day Of Bad Air Ties ‘Spare The Air’ Record, Unhealthy Conditions To Continue

17 Spare The Air Alerts, 11 In a row tie the record.

01/12/2015

Water Pump

Central Valley Water District Strikes Deal With Feds Over Contaminated Irrigation Project

A Central Valley water district that is the country’s largest says it has reached a deal with the federal government in a decades-long dispute over thousands of acres of contaminated land.

01/11/2015

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

GRAPHIC: Top Bay Area Counties With The Most Illegal Wood Burning Complaints

As the Bay Area is on track to meet last year’s record of 11 Spare the Air days in a row, neighbors are complaining more than last year about alleged wood burning offenders.

01/08/2015

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