Elizabeth Shogren

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EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.


Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.


La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Since the 1930s, Louisiana has steadily been losing land that protects it from hurricanes and other disasters. The government board charged with protecting New Orleans from flooding sued the oil and gas industry Wednesday, arguing they are responsible for a big part of the problem.


Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is found only in a couple of small patches high in Nevada's Spring Mountains. But the Carpenter 1 fire, which has been raging through the area since July 1, is threatening the land and scientists fear the fire could push the butterflies into extinction.


EPA Building Named For Bill Clinton; He Says That's Fitting

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The building housing the Environmental Protection Agency got a new name on Wednesday: it's now the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building. The former president tallied his administration's accomplishments at a renaming ceremony.


Navy Studies Cicadas For Their Amplifying Sound Technique

Thursday, June 06, 2013

From southern Virginia to New England, lots of people are being treated to a cicada serenade. If these insects sound loud to you, that's because they are. They're so loud that some Navy engineers are trying to borrow their technique.


Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.


College Divestment Campaigns Creating Passionate Environmentalists

Friday, May 10, 2013

Taking a page from the playbook of decades past, college students are once again pressuring schools to pull investment funding from specific sectors. This time it's big oil and coal companies. But these campaigns have effects beyond the university — they're launching a new generation of activists.


EPA: Tar Sands Pipelines Should Be Held To Different Standards

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Up until now, the U.S. has had the same rules for all oil pipelines. But the EPA says pipelines that carry tar sands oil, like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, should have special standards. That's because tar sands oil spills can release harmful air pollution and are vastly more difficult to clean up than conventional oil spills.


Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Ocean Like A Living Oil Spill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Scientists say they have few weapons to wield against the poison-spined lionfish, which is gobbling up reef fish in the Bahamas and other habitats.


Nominee To Lead EPA Grilled Over Past Work At Agency

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's hard to think of a hotter seat on President Obama's cabinet than the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans are increasingly attacking the EPA and its regulations as job killers. On Thursday, Republicans grilled the president's pick for that job, Gina McCarthy. Some of the toughest questions at her Senate confirmation hearing had to do with coal and climate change.


Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System

Thursday, April 04, 2013

More than half of the nation's pipelines were built before 1970. In fact, ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline, which burst Friday in Mayflower, Ark., is 65 years old. According to federal statistics, pipelines have on average 280 significant spills a year. Most aren't big enough to make headlines.


Environmentalists, Drillers Reach 'Truce' For Fracking Standards

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Four major drilling companies, including Shell and Chevron, and several environmental groups have agreed on 15 voluntary standards for cleaner drilling practices in the Appalachian Basin. But some environmental groups are skeptical about the effort because the standards are voluntary.


After Keystone Review, Environmentalists Vow To Continue Fight

Monday, March 04, 2013

A report released by the State Department Friday says the pipeline won't have much of an impact on the development of oil from Alberta. But activists who oppose the project aren't giving in.


Extreme Weather Means Extreme Food Prices Worldwide, Aid Agency Warns

Thursday, September 06, 2012

As climate change brings more drought and flooding, food prices are expected to keep spiking. Such spikes affect the poor the most, but especially the poor in Africa and the Middle East, says a new Oxfam report.


Before Deep Space, NASA Heads Deep Under Water

Sunday, June 10, 2012

NASA may have retired its shuttles, but it has its sights on sending astronauts deeper into space than ever before. The agency wants to set foot on asteroids, but the first step is a soggy one.


EPA To Unveil Stricter Rules For Power Plants

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The rules, which come two decades after Congress ordered the agency to regulate toxic air pollution, would give power plants nationwide just three more years to slash mercury and other harmful emissions. But some big power plants are angling for more time.


EPA Watch List

Monday, November 14, 2011

Elizabeth Shogren, who covers environmental stories on the national desk at NPR, and Jim Morris, project manager at the Center for Public Integrity, discuss a joint project from NPR and CPI, which found that the Environmental Protection Agency maintains a watch list of the worst polluters in the country.

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