EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

[Source: Associated Press] The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public. The communications director for President Donald Trump’s transition team at EPA, Doug Ericksen, said Wednesday the review also extends to content on Read More…

Southern California air board appoints executive, declines to reconsider beach bonfire rules

[Source: Los Angeles Times] Southern California’s air quality board formally appointed former industry consultant Wayne Nastri as executive officer Friday in a vote of confidence in the powerful agency’s new leadership. Nastri was hired as interim head of the South Coast Air Quality Management District eight months ago after Republicans seeking a more business-friendly approach Read More…

Air quality agency aims to stop metal plants accused of polluting Paramount

[Source: The San Diego Union] Air quality officials are taking enforcement action against two metal-processing plants they believe are contributing to alarming levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium discovered recently in Paramount. The South Coast Air Quality Management District filed for an administrative order Tuesday against Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. and Anaplex Corp. to force them Read More…

South Coast air district to settle suit with Moreno Valley over World Logistics Center: Update

[Source: The Press Telegram] The South Coast Air Quality Management District board has voted to settle its lawsuit with the Moreno Valley over the World Logistics Center but is not yet disclosing terms of the deal. With the air board, county and Riverside County Transportation Commission withdrawing their objections, the agreement eliminates several of the Read More…