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EPA says trace amounts of radioactive materials reaching West Coast

By Alison Hawkes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that trace amounts of radiation from Japanese nuclear reactors continue to be found in West Coast monitors. Results from RadNet filters in San Francisco, Anaheim, Riverside, and Seattle show three new types of radioactive isotopes previously unreported to the public. They include Cesium-137, Tellurium-132, Iodine-132, and...
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Radiation levels difficult for public to obtain, understand

By Alison Hawkes
Radiation levels difficult for public to obtain, understand

Federal and state officials have been staunchly insistent that radioactive fallout from Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis will not reach California and the rest of the West Coast. But there’s been little ability for the public to gain more detailed information on airborne radiation levels because data from federal monitoring stations are difficult to obtain and...
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Bay Area has two EPA radiation detectors

By Alison Hawkes

The Environmental Protection Agency has a radiation detection network across the U.S. called Radnet, which is continuously monitoring radiation levels. Luckily for the Bay Area there are two — one in downtown San Francisco at Bay Area air district headquarters at Ellis and Van Ness, and one in San Jose. Word has it that...
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House GOP seeks to strip CA of fuel efficiency standards

By Alison Hawkes

California has led the nation in its vehicle fuel efficiency standards, and it’s been in the process of developing new, tighter restrictions to meet the state’s climate change law, AB 32. But House Republicans are attempting to thwart that effort with a bill that would revoke the EPA’s authority to grant California the federal...
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Dirty underbelly of renewable energy plants

By Alison Hawkes

Renewable energy, it turns out, can have a dirty underbelly. Two Central Valley biomass plants that burn agricultural waste to generate power were fined by the EPA for violating the Clean Air Act. The EPA says they emitted excessive levels of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide and were fined more than $800,000...
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Feds eyeing pollution in the Delta

By Alison Hawkes

The EPA is taking a closer look at water pollution in the Delta, which could result in new pesticide limits and restrictions on dredging and land grading. The Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americans and collects pollution from a watershed the size of Florida. Central Valley farmers are...
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