Thursday, September 29th, 2016

REPORT: EPA is Failing to Protect Low-Income Communities of Color

*This is distressing. In 2008 4.7 million Latinos were diagnosed with asthma, most because of environmental causes. VL By Yessenia Funes, Colorlines (1.5 minute read) The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report Friday (September 24) on the EPA and its enforcement of environmental justice, and they found that the agency is not protecting communities in

Monday, June 1st, 2015

California Is Finally Getting Serious About Pesticides Near Schools

*The most distressing thing about this is that the original complaint was filed by six Latino families 12 years ago. VL By Liza Gross, The Nation More than a year ago, public health officials warned that Latino children in...

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Latino Employees at Environmental Agencies Speak on the Shutdown

By Juan Rodriguez, NewsTaco With our Federal Government well into the Shutdown, nearly 800,000 Federal agency employees are out of work or working without pay.  That is to say they are not presently earning an income.  Under...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Young Latino Environment Goals for Obama’s (2nd) First 100 Days

By Latinovations While watching President Obama’s inauguration speech, Andrea Delgado felt a surge of optimism. Paradoxically, it was one of Obama’s more somber statements that gave her hope: his acknowledgement that a failure to address climate change...

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Latino Activist to Head EPA’s Enviro Justice

By Brett Israel, New America Media NAM Editor’s note: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is turning to a Houston activist to lead the fight against environmental injustices around the country. Matthew Tejada has been tapped as the EPA’s...

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

How Clean Air Standards Save Lives

By Peter Lehner Scientists reported last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that even short-term exposure to air pollution can increase your risk of having a heart attack–highlighting the critical importance of clean air safeguards. For years,...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

TX, Chicago Latinos Affected By EPA Mercury Regulations

By Robert Crowe The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules for mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired and oil-fired power plants. Anticipation of the rules sparked a firestorm within the fossil-fueled power industry and...

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Latinos Face Major Risks From Delays Of Air Pollution Rules

Latinos are among those facing the greatest risk from efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates to health safeguards protecting Americans from ozone, mercury and other dangerous air pollutants, according to a major new report...

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Lowering Clean Air Standards Puts Latinos At Risk

By Mildred Real, Voces Verdes Advisory Board member and CEO of America Verde Voces Verdes is outraged at President Obama’s announcement this morning asking the Environmental Protection Agency to drop the ozone standard. The White House’s decision...

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

States With The Most Toxic Air Pollution From Power Plants

By Pete Altman It shouldn’t be hard to understand why we should clean up toxic pollution – including mercury – from power plants. Especially when you consider that half of the toxic air pollution from industrial plants...

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Disease Clusters Plague U.S. Communities

By Gina Solomon When I was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard in the mid-1990’s, I learned of a major investigation into a childhood leukemia cluster in nearby Woburn, Massachusetts. Twelve children in that small community developed leukemia...