December 30, 2009
THE DISTRICT is still days away from a new tax on plastic and paper bags, and the complaining has already started. That's understandable given the fundamental change in habit that people are being asked to make. Nonetheless, the new law is a worthy effort aimed at reducing local litter and cleaning up polluted waterways. Not only should it be vigorously enforced, but we also hope it spurs neighboring Virginia and Maryland to follow suit. On Friday, the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act will take effect -- implementing a 5-cent fee on disposable...
July 13, 2013 |
After three men in this heavily polluted city beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station, where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to bring charges against him. Chernogubov had been set upon as he was trying to document the pollution streaming from a chromium plant here, effluents that occasionally turn a marsh feeding...
September 13, 2013 |
A feder al judge on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's sweeping plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, derailing the farm lobby's attempt to stop one of the largest efforts to clean a waterway in the nation's history. In a long-awaited decision, U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo wrote that "the ecological and economic importance of the Chesapeake Bay is well documented" and that the EPA is within its rights under the Clean Water Act to partner with the...
September 2, 2009 |
Environmental groups presented a federal official with more than 19,000 signed letters and postcards Tuesday asking the U.S. government to set stricter rules to prevent pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The presentation, held outside an Environmental Protection Agency building in Annapolis, came eight days before one of the most crucial deadlines in the Chesapeake's recent history. In May, President Obama issued an executive order calling for federal agencies to act more aggressively to help the bay, which...
August 20, 2008 |
A federal appeals court yesterday struck down a Bush administration rule that prevented states and local governments from imposing stricter monitoring of pollution generated by power plants, factories and oil refineries than required by the federal government. In a 2 to 1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the Environmental Protection Agency rule violated a provision of the Clean Air Act, which requires adequate monitoring of emissions to...
January 19, 2012 |
BEIJING — In a rare bow to public pressure, the Beijing local government has begun using a more stringent measure for air quality, and the first publicly announced readings Thursday showed the air was "hazardous" in at least two areas of the polluted capital city. The release of the data followed online protests and complaints that the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was providing a more accurate gauge of Beijing's air than the city government, which typically tries to downplay the pollution as mere "fog.