American Lung Association “State of the Air 2016” shows over half of US population faces air pollution health risks

Photo: American Medical Association The American Lung Association just released their annual “State of the Air” report, which shows that health risks from air pollution – particularly particulate matter and ozone – are more widespread than most people knew. The ALA includes...

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Feds propose to measure interstate highway air pollution, freight movement, and more

In an effort to begin managing and improving the performance of our highway transportation system, the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed that states begin measuring key metrics, including air pollution emissions, reliability, congestion, and freight movement. This is an important...

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California plans to eliminate diesel exhaust black carbon within 10 years

The California Air Resources Board CARB) issued an outstanding report this week, Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, which provides a model for the Federal government and other states to improve public health and slow climate change, In the report, the CARB details the...

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New study shows diesel exhaust air pollution lower than EPA standards damages children’s lungs

Research to be published this week shows that even low levels of particulate matter and black carbon air pollution, components of diesel exhaust, damages children’s lungs. This Boston study shows that by age eight, children living within 100 meters of a major roadway have, on average, 6...

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Huffington Post reports on MFN Meeting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Request for Help for Overburdened Port & Railyard Communities

Earlier this week,  Huffington Post reporter Robert Baldwin III spent two days in Washington, D.C. with over 15 Moving Forward Network members from overburdened communities across the United States and national environmental groups, and wrote an excellent news article. Among our group were...

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LA Times withdraws support for the BNSF SCIG Railyard

Photo from Dear Mr. Warren Buffet video by the Green L.A. Port Working Group It would be an overstatement to say that the LA Times Editorial Board, which until yesterday had supported the BNSF Southern California Intermodal Gateway, admitted it had been snookered by project proponents, but not by...

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MFN members and others win suit against dirty BNSF railyard and protect community health

Photo: East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice This week a California Superior Court judge handed the community a huge victory when he ruled that the Environmental Impact Study for a huge BNSF Intermodal Railyard was flawed, reversed project approvals, and ordered a halt to...

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Particulate Matter Air Pollution causes 15,000 premature births in the US and costs $4 billion/year

Image: Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy linked to ADHD, EurActiv The serious health effects of particulate matter air pollution are wide ranging and well known.  Short term and long term exposure causes premature death, particularly from cardiac and pulmonary disease, and is associated...

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