Interactive: The most polluted states in America

Nebraska is on the list of most polluted states in America. See how it stacks up with those even more polluted and what the statistics show about pollution here. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HealthGrove analyzed average daily fine particulate matter (ug/m3) from 2003 to 2011.

The Dirty Truth About ‘Clean Diesel’

MONTREAL – AS scandals go, it was a juicy one. Volkswagen, one of the world’s highest grossing automakers, persuaded consumers it had created a new generation of so-called clean diesel cars – until investigators discovered that defeat devices, which activated emissions controls only when the cars were tested, were concealing the fact that its vehicles emitted up to 40 times the permitted levels of pollutants during regular use.

Researchers accidentally create material that sucks mercury out of water

Updated October 19, 2015 20:21:59 Researchers at Flinders University have accidentally discovered a way to remove mercury from water using a material made from industrial waste and orange peel. Mercury is a dangerous pollutant that can damage food and water supplies, affect the human nervous systems and is especially poisonous for children.

First-Ever Fenceline Monitoring Rule Targets Refineries’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday updated air pollution standards with a rule requiring first-of-its-kind fenceline monitoring to control emissions from petroleum refineries. The agency says the new rule will better protect nearby communities, while also strengthening emission controls for flares, pressure relief devices, storage tanks, and delayed coker operations that will reduce thousands of tons of hazardous air pollutants.

How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in U.S.?

Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that the cheating engines are not a highway safety concern, safety – as in health – is still an issue.

Colorado county seeks drilling study of McPhee Dam hazard risks

Enlargephoto Courtesy USGS Care is needed to protect McPhee Dam if a proposed oil-and-gas lease is developed nearby, according to Montezuma County commissioners. In a comment letter to the Bureau of Land Management, the commissioners stated that they supported oil-and-gas development, but they expressed concerns about potential geologic hazards on proposed lease Parcel 7393 west of McPhee Reservoir.