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2008-07-19 12:00:28

By Les Bowen For the Deseret News Utah's oil and gas producers announced last week that data from an air-quality study in eastern Utah will be available to the public and to government-land managers as early as September. The study plan, presented during a Vernal meeting by Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, is expected to help streamline the approval process for new energy development. "This is one example of how the industry has been proactive to ensure that land...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

By Tom Wanamaker, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. Jul. 13--ALBANY -- Friday's federal appeals court ruling that struck down the Clean Air Interstate Rule has been roundly criticized by the Adirondack Council. "By striking down the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the court has left all of the Northeastern states vulnerable to acid rain and fine particles of smoke that damage people's lungs," said Scott Lorey, director of government relations for the Adirondack Council, a conservation advocacy...

2008-07-11 15:00:41

By Debra McCown, Bristol Herald Courier, Va. Jul. 11--ABINGDON, Va. -- While a new coal-fired power plant under construction in Wise County will add another local pollution source, the permitting process for it has spurred emissions reductions at an existing power plant nearby. Appalachian Power's Clinch River Power Plant in Russell County, Va., must reduce its emissions after air-quality computer modeling showed potential for a problem, said company representatives and Virginia...

2008-06-19 12:00:52

By Ryan Schuster, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Jun. 19--The American Crystal Sugar Co. plant in Hillsboro, N.D., was evacuated, and more than 20 people were taken to local hospitals after a chemical leak at the plant Wednesday. Officials said the leak had been contained as of Wednesday afternoon and posed no risk to the public. The plant had reopened late Wednesday night. Sulfur dioxide, which is used in processing sugar beets into sugar, leaked from a hose from a delivery truck parked...

2006-08-30 00:55:00

BEIJING -- China failed to rein in two main pollution indicators in the first half of the year as soaring energy use and lax environmental controls thwarted policies to clean foul water and skies, the government said on Wednesday. "Environmental protection and economic development are not proceeding in unison," the China Environment News, the official paper of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), wrote in an editorial. China has set a goal of cutting pollution output by...

2006-08-26 11:37:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - Acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide spewed from factories and power plants affected a third of China's vast land mass last year, posing a threat to food safety, Xinhua news agency said citing a parliamentary report. More than half of the 696 cities and counties monitored had suffered acid rain, in some cases on a daily basis, according to a pollution inspection report submitted to the standing committee of parliament, the official agency said. "Increased sulphur...

2005-08-20 09:40:00

WASHINGTON -- Ozone levels are falling in 19 Eastern states where smog has been a recurring problem in summer, helping improve air quality for a third of the nation's population, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The improvement is due to fewer emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which together undergo a chemical reaction in heat and sunlight that forms smog. Some of the major sources are motor vehicle exhaust, industrial plants, gas vapors and chemical...

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2005-05-17 07:29:29

VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) -- The Kilauea volcano, one of Hawaii's most popular tourist attractions, is also by far the state's worst air polluter. Researchers now are trying to determine if that also makes it one of the state's biggest health risks. Since it began erupting on Jan. 3, 1983, the volcano has been sending an average of 1,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere each day, according to the Hawaii chapter of the American Lung Association. This is 6,000 times the amount...

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2004-12-02 08:40:56

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's top polluter isn't a pulp mill, a power plant or refinery. It's the newly awakened Mount St. Helens. Since the volcano began erupting in early October, it has been pumping out 50 to 250 tons a day of sulfur dioxide, the lung-stinging gas that causes acid rain and contributes to haze. At peak, that's more than double the amount from all the state's industries combined. Normally, the state's No. 1 polluter is a coal-fired power plant owned by the Canadian...


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Acid Rain
2013-04-01 10:21:17

Acid rain is any form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that is possesses high levels of hydrogen ions. It can have harmful effects on aquatic animals, plants, and infrastructure. Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which react with the water molecules within the atmosphere to produce acids. Nitrogen oxides can be produced naturally by lightening strikes. Sulfur dioxide can be produced naturally by volcanic eruptions. The chemicals that are...

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