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Southern California Gas to pay $4-million settlement over massive Porter Ranch gas leak

Published: 
Wed, 09/14/2016 (All day)

Southern California Gas Co. agreed to pay $4 million to settle criminal charges over the massive gas leak near Porter Ranch last year, but the utility still faces potentially costly civil actions from both residents and regulators.

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The port that fuels L.A.'s economy and fouls its air gets a pollution-reduction team

Published: 
Fri, 07/15/2016 (All day)

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the appointment of an advisory panel tasked with reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles by expanding the use of zero-emissions technology.

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Air quality district votes to allow Exxon Mobil to restore Torrance refinery

Published: 
Tue, 04/05/2016 (All day)
Category: 
Transportation

The South Coast Air Quality Management District voted late Saturday to allow Exxon Mobil to fully restore its refinery in Torrance after an explosion at the facility last year. After nearly 12 hours of public comment and expert testimony at Torrance City Hall, the district's board voted 3 to 2 to approve the order.

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Beijing's smog: When a scale of zero to 500 doesn't go high enough

Published: 
Thu, 12/03/2015 (All day)

In the space of an afternoon, Beijing vanished.

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From "Smogtown" to a model for the world?

Published: 
Wed, 11/04/2015 (All day)

The smell of smog makes me nostalgic. My Proustian madeleine moment is walking down the jet stairs to the tarmac at the Burbank airport on a warm day. That particular whiff of ozone and automobile exhaust combined with vaguely sweet overtones of citrus, chaparral, and hot asphalt gets me every time. I'm a kid again in the 1960s or 1970s, visiting my grandparents in Pasadena, when you couldn't see the San Gabriel Mountains from Vroman's Bookstore, which my grandfather owned and ran with his cousins.