Pollution

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until November

Tuesday 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.

06/30/2015

A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled Pipeline

A 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.

06/23/2015

Oil covers rocks and sand at Refugio State Beach in Goleta, California, May 19, 2015. An oil pipeline ruptured dumping oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the US Coast Guard said. The spill was estimated at 21,000 gallons (80,000 liters) of oil, local media reported. AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Pipeline Company Downgrades Estimated Amount Of Oil Spilled On California Coast

Plains All American Pipeline is downgrading the amount of oil it says spilled off a California coastline in a worst-case scenario.

05/25/2015

(CBS SF)

Cupertino Cement Quarry To Pay $7.5M For Pollution Violations

Cement 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.

04/29/2015

A bald eagle tends to its chick. (US EPA)

Banned Flame Retardant Still Making Bald Eagles Sick

A 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.

04/13/2015

Cars drive drive along U.S. 101 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pollution Tax On Downtown San Francisco Commercial Properties Proposed That Could Ease Housing Crunch

San Francisco is floating the idea of a pollution tax that would target downtown high-rise commercial properties in the hope of solving the city’s housing crunch.

04/08/2015

(CBS SF)

Crews Clean Up Chemical Plume Release At Dow Pittsburg Plant

More than 20 workers worked to clean up an unintended chemical release at Dow Chemical’s waterfront processing facility in Pittsburg Friday afternoon.

03/27/2015

fireplace, fire, hearth

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

smokestack, pollution, global warming, emission, greenhouse gases

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

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