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?

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

Fighting Air Pollution in 1959 (Historical Document Images)

This is an Operating Certificate for the Hercules Cement Company in Stockertown, issued in 1959 by Lehigh Valley Air Pollution Control and signed by one R. Emmet Doherty.  Since 1970, the R. Emmet Doherty Clean Air Award has been presented to a regional air quality leaders in recognition of their service and of Doherty's considerable … Continue reading Fighting Air Pollution in 1959 (Historical Document Images)