Going to the MATS for Air Quality in Pennsylvania (and Look For Me in the Morning Call Next Week)

Jon Geeting has a cost/benefit quote from Paul Krugman about the new Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) announced by EPA this week, and some thoughts about the GenOn issue here in our backyard. As I commented on Jon's blog: Jon, thanks for posting on this.  In my capacity as Outreach Director for the Air … Continue reading Going to the MATS for Air Quality in Pennsylvania (and Look For Me in the Morning Call Next Week)

Who’s Right on Smog and Clean Air Standards? Obama or His EPA?

In September, President Obama announced that his administration would not adopt the new ozone standard recommended by EPA after a two-year review of the 2008 Bush administration standard. EPA head Lisa Jackson had been pushing hard for the updated standard to replace the 2008 model, which the American Lung Association says “failed to protect public … Continue reading Who’s Right on Smog and Clean Air Standards? Obama or His EPA?

Lehigh Valley Air Quality Facts a Little Hazy? I’m Here to Help.

The Lehigh Valley is the 13th-Smoggiest Medium-Sized Metro Region in the Country, according to a new report, Danger in the Air, produced by PennEnvironment. There was a time when this would have been because of all of the industry booming here along our rivers.  These days, it's mostly because of how much time most of … Continue reading Lehigh Valley Air Quality Facts a Little Hazy? I’m Here to Help.

In the 80’s, Superman Also Fought Asthma

I was diagnosed with asthma when I was five.  My family lived in eastern Berks County and I still remember the late-night trip to the hospital in Allentown during my first  attack. Before I experienced the condition first-hand, everything I knew about the disease came from a 30-second public service announcement featuring Superman. Kids with … Continue reading In the 80’s, Superman Also Fought Asthma