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Air quality district votes to allow Exxon Mobil to restore Torrance refinery

Published: 
Tue, 04/05/2016 (All day)
Category: 
Transportation

The South Coast Air Quality Management District voted late Saturday to allow Exxon Mobil to fully restore its refinery in Torrance after an explosion at the facility last year. After nearly 12 hours of public comment and expert testimony at Torrance City Hall, the district's board voted 3 to 2 to approve the order.

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Beijing's smog: When a scale of zero to 500 doesn't go high enough

Published: 
Thu, 12/03/2015 (All day)

In the space of an afternoon, Beijing vanished.

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From "Smogtown" to a model for the world?

Published: 
Wed, 11/04/2015 (All day)

The smell of smog makes me nostalgic. My Proustian madeleine moment is walking down the jet stairs to the tarmac at the Burbank airport on a warm day. That particular whiff of ozone and automobile exhaust combined with vaguely sweet overtones of citrus, chaparral, and hot asphalt gets me every time. I'm a kid again in the 1960s or 1970s, visiting my grandparents in Pasadena, when you couldn't see the San Gabriel Mountains from Vroman's Bookstore, which my grandfather owned and ran with his cousins.

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New federal EPA smog standard angers both sides of the issue

Published: 
Tue, 10/06/2015 (All day)

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit Thursday that will force states to reduce emissions over the next decade, improving respiratory health for millions of people through pollution controls that will cost industry billions of dollars.

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Supreme Court blocks air pollution rules for power plants

Published: 
Mon, 06/29/2015 (All day)

The Supreme Court has blocked Obama administration rules designed to sharply limit the hazardous air pollutants that spew from the nation's power plants.