Pollution

As China Issues Red Alert Over Smog, Scientists Monitoring Levels Reaching Bay AreaAs China issued its first ever red health alert due to severe smog, scientists are studying just how much of that pollution makes its way across the Pacific for us to breathe in the Bay Area.
Fear At The Tap: Uranium Contaminates Water In The Central Valley, West In a trailer park tucked among irrigated orchards that help make California's San Joaquin Valley the richest farm region in the world, 16-year-old Giselle Alvarez, one of the few English-speakers in the community of farmworkers, puzzles over the notices posted on front doors: There's a danger in their drinking water.
California Demands Fixes For 16,000 More VW CarsCalifornia air quality regulators are demanding fixes for up to 16,000 additional Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesels as the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal widens.
EPA: Volkswagen Cheated A 2nd Time On Emissions Tests On VWs, Porsches, AudisVolkswagen cheated a second time on emissions tests, programming about 10,000 cars with larger diesel engines to emit fewer pollutants during tests than in real-world driving.
California To Phase Out Microbeads In Health, Beauty ProductsGov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring California to phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.
SF Bay Microplastic Pollution Surpasses Great Lakes, Chesapeake BayAlarmingly high levels of pollution from tiny pieces of plastic are contaminating the San Francisco Bay, according to a new study.
Valley Fire Smoke Prompts Health Warning In Napa CountyNapa County officials Sunday warned residents in the north part of the county that smoke from the Valley Fire may be a health hazard.
Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until NovemberTuesday was supposed to be the last day for plastic grocery bags in California, but an industry-financed referendum has delayed the ban until after next November's election.
ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled PipelineA spokesman says ExxonMobil has temporarily ceased oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because an oil spill last month crippled the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries.
Pipeline Company Downgrades Estimated Amount Of Oil Spilled On California CoastPlains All American Pipeline is downgrading the amount of oil it says spilled off a California coastline in a worst-case scenario.
Cupertino Cement Quarry To Pay $7.5M For Pollution ViolationsCement quarry Lehigh Hanson will pay millions of dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging it dumped millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a nearby creek.
Banned Flame Retardant Still Making Bald Eagles SickA recent Michigan study shows bald eagles are being exposed to more toxins, including banned flame-retardant chemicals that were once commonly used in the manufacturing of furniture.

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