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Community group will join probe of toxic Chevron fire

A community environmental organization will participate directly in investigating the disastrous Aug. 6 fire at Richmnd, Calif.'s Chevron refinery.

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Chevron refinery fire sparks community anger

Richmond's residents live amidst five refineries, three chemical plants and eight superfund sites, in a county that produces the most hazardous materials.

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Florida voters support immigration reform

A recent poll offering a snapshot of Florida voters found that they back the President's decision to end deportations of DREAM Act-eligible youth. They also support some broader, more sweeping reform.

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Plastic bags to be banned in LA

In what seems to be part of a steadily increasing effort to find, Los Angeles will become the largest city to ban plastic bags at grocery stores.

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EPA appeals coal mining ruling

A federal judge ruled in March that the Environmental Protection Agency illegally vetoed a large West Virginia coal-mining project.

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Chicago residents win 10-year battle for clean air

The plants are considered two of the dirtiest in the nation and the single largest source of greenhouse gas emission in Chicago.

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Obama administration puts a stopper on mercury pollution

In a historic development, the Obama administration has set national health standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution, a measure that will save lives and create jobs in pollution control technology.

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New bill would open the way to cleaner ports

Members of Congress are stepping up the fight to overturn a longstanding roadblock to cleaning up air pollution affecting some 87 million people living near major U.S. ports.

Anti-union water outfit now in court on contamination charge

One of the nation's biggest private water companies, which is pursuing an anti-union campaign, is also in federal court for water contamination and an attempted cover-up.

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After court ruling, clean truck supporters vow continuing fight

Cutting out a key component, if upheld, will have devastating consequences for working families and port communities plagued by dirty air and dead-end jobs.

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