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Bay Area Government Agencies Make Largest Electric-Car Purchase In U.S.

More electric cars are coming to the Bay Area after the Metropolitan Transportation Commission made one of the largest purchases of electric cars in the nation.

07/09/2014

Chevron refinery in Richmond. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Worst Bay Area Polluters Being Let Off The Hook?

In the Bay Area, residents are constantly reminded to ‘spare the air’, but air quality managers may be letting some of the worst polluters off the hook.

06/29/2014

An electronics recycler has abandoned glass from old TV sets and computer monitors at a warehouse in Yuma, Arizona. (CBS)

California’s E-Waste Ending Up In Toxic Mountain Of Junk In Arizona

California has the strictest e-waste laws in the nation, but a KPIX5 investigation discovered the strict laws have led to dumping our electronic junk in someone else’s back yard, causing serious damage.

06/12/2014

Santa Cruz Cowell Beach Most Polluted

Santa Cruz’s Cowell Beach Ranks Top On ‘Beach Bummer’ Most Polluted List

A stretch of beach near the wharf in Santa Cruz has the dubious distinction of having the worst water quality on the West Coast, according to a new report.

05/23/2014

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3rd Spare-The-Air Alert Issued In A Row For Bay Area Due To Heat, Low Winds

A third consecutive Spare the Air alert has been issued in the Bay Area for Wednesday, air quality officials said Tuesday.

05/13/2014

Gas is flared as waste from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 22, 2014 near Buttonwillow, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

California Environmental Protection Agency Maps Areas Most Burdened By Pollution

The science-based tool used by state officials identifies the portions of the state that have higher pollution burdens and vulnerabilities than other areas, and therefore are most in need of assistance.

04/23/2014

Chevron refinery in Richmond. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Richmond Residents Concerned Over Chevron Refinery Modernization Plans

Three weeks after Chevron released an environmental impact report detailing a $1 billion modernization project at its Richmond refinery, the public spoke out about the impacts the project could have on the community.

04/18/2014

Phillips refinery in Rodeo during a sulfur leak in 2012. (CBS).

Phillips 66 To Pay $230K For Rodeo Refinery Violations

Phillips 66 has agreed to pay a $230,900 penalty to settle air quality violations at its Rodeo refinery in 2008 and 2009, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials announced Monday.

03/10/2014

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses. The office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Central Valley farm losses of $325 million to $477 million and total losses for crop production and related business to be between $440 and $644 million. Central Valley is expected to lose 16,200 to 23,700 full-time jobs and food prices are expected to rise nationwide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Bad Air, Lack Of Rain In Central Valley Has Residents Suffering

The air in California’s Central Valley is so bad that even healthy people are urged to stay indoors. A haze of fine particles has cloaked the skies from Stockton to Bakersfield.

01/25/2014

An example of the work at a crematorium in Mass. Human ashes cool as crematory operator Joe Bancewicz prepares a retort, or cremation ovens, at Mount Auburn Cemetary February 21, 2002 in Watertown, MA. The cemetary has been performing cremations for 100 years and does about 900 per year. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Lawsuit Alleges East Oakland Air Too Polluted To Allow Crematorium

The Neptune Society’s plan to build a crematorium in East Oakland has raised concerns that an area already choked by poor air quality will have to contend with yet another source of pollution.

12/12/2013

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