Refinery expansion may pose more health risks for Long Beach’s poor

A plan to expand production at a pair of oil refineries bordering West Long Beach has many concerned the project will further degrade already troubling air quality. Residents, environmentalists and city leaders share their concerns in this short documentary produced by VoiceWaves. “If it harms me here, if the polluted air harms me, where can […]

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Combating waste on campus

The sound of a heavy rainfall. It is a welcome sound in dry California. But the runoff wipes the street clean  of motor oil and washes discarded trash down drain pipes, dumping incredible amounts of garbage into waterways and the ocean. Youth reporters from San Diego’s Media Arts Center talk with people at Hoover High […]

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Governor signs $177 million battery plant cleanup bill

The Governor signed legislation recently that promises $176.6 towards testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities surrounding the former Exide battery recycling plant. The plant was forced to shut down after authorities found that lead emissions exceeded permitted levels and that the plant was using illegal methods to dispose of, store, and transport hazardous waste. “The effort, which some say has […]

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Residents voice concern over Lamont’s wastewater plan

Researchers met with members of the public to discuss the potential impact of a proposed plan by the Lamont Public Utilities District to handle the area’s wastewater. Residents voiced concerns about how to ensure the area’s drinking water remain free of pesticide contaminants, and the possibility of further degrading of local air quality—already a big concern for Lamont residents—resulting from wastewater vapors […]

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Three years after the Chevron refinery fire

On the three-year anniversary of the last big Chevron refinery fire, city officials, community leaders and residents gathered to recollect their memories of that day, and to remind each other that keeping the city safe from environmental menace is an ongoing challenge. “This is a history we cannot forget. We learned that it could’ve been prevented but it wasn’t.” Tania Pulido, a youth journalist […]

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Green 2.0: How diverse is your staff?

A national campaign to make environmental groups more racially diverse is asking Bay Area nonprofits to share their diversity data with the public. It’s the first step in addressing a long-felt discordance. Polls show that people of color tend to be highly supportive of environmental issues, and are more impacted by environmental problems, from air pollution to lack of […]

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Mapping environmental risks

Environmental officials have now released maps that rank neighborhoods and display data concerning vulnerability to pollution and other environmental hazards. CalEnviroScreen maps were designed to pinpoint where pollution overlaps with socioeconomic underdevelopment, in the hopes of pointing policymakers to areas that need the most attention. More on the maps is on Access Sacramento.  

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Fracking question looms over county congressional race

With election season gaining momentum, candidates in the race for the 21st Congressional District addressed questions from the public regarding where they stand on fracking regulations on public land.   (Kern County sits atop the largest known shale oil deposit in the country.)  Candidates emphasized industry growth and “energy independence.”  Democratic challenger John Hernandez voiced the […]

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Central Valley residents grapple with fracking regulations

Bakersfield residents testified at a recent public hearing on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they will be impacted most by the local expansion of the oil extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Attendees expressed concern over potential harm to air and water in a region already burdened with air and groundwater contamination.  A lack […]

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Local fisherman eat contaminated seafood, despite warnings

Pesticides dumped into the ocean years ago have lingering effects on marine life caught and consumed today. Endocrine-disrupting compounds, the most long-lasting chemicals, can affect thyroid and immune function and that are especially hazardous to developing fetuses and infants.  Despite advisories posted prominently in fishing areas, many local fisherman ignore them and to keep their […]

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