air pollution http://wrkf.org en High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution http://wrkf.org/post/high-court-ruling-revives-law-against-out-state-pollution Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Some communities are unlucky recipients of air pollution that blows in from other states and today, those areas got good news by way of a Supreme Court ruling. It revives a major air pollution rule that was knocked down by a lower court. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports it's another big victory for the Environmental Protection Agency.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 25907 at http://wrkf.org Keeping Track of Refinery Emissions http://wrkf.org/post/keeping-track-refinery-emissions <p>In its "Poisoned Places" series, NPR reports that industry here in Louisiana is emitting more smog-producing chemicals than it should and regulators aren't doing enough to curtail the pollution.</p><p><a href="http://www.wrkf.org/post/baton-rouges-corroded-overpolluting-neighbor-exxon-mobil" target="_blank">Elizabeth Shogren honed in on Exxon's Baton Rouge refinery</a> and the smoke Almena Poray sees from the front porch of her house, a block from the refinery's south gate.</p><p>"That's something you see every day," Poray told the NPR reporter. "Sometimes it's a darker gray, sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."</p><p>Ed Overton, professor emeritus of environmental science at LSU, and Robert Berg, state regulatory advisor for Exxon talk more about what Poray is seeing and breathing from her front porch.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:08:25 +0000 Amy Jeffries 11262 at http://wrkf.org Gizmo Uses Lung Cells To Sniff Out Health Hazards In Urban Air http://wrkf.org/post/gizmo-uses-lung-cells-sniff-out-health-hazards-urban-air Cities like Houston are dotted with air-sniffing monitors that measure levels of benzene and other potentially unhealthy air pollutants. But those monitors can't answer the question we care about most: Is the air safe?<p>That's because there's no simple relationship between toxic air pollutants and health risks. Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are trying to get a leg up on that problem. Fri, 31 May 2013 17:18:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11240 at http://wrkf.org Gizmo Uses Lung Cells To Sniff Out Health Hazards In Urban Air Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air http://wrkf.org/post/breathing-easier-how-houston-working-clean-its-air The Houston area produces about a quarter of the nation's gasoline, and about a third of the plastics that are in our cars, cupboards and just about everywhere else. So it is no surprise that this heavily industrial area has a problem with air pollution. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Richard Harris 11151 at http://wrkf.org Breathing Easier: How Houston Is Working To Clean Up Its Air