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Bald Eagle Death Raises Concerns About Lead Poisoning

High lead levels in a bald eagle brought in to the Wildlife Center of Virginia have prompted calls for hunters to make changes to their hunting habits.


EPA: Asarco Emits Illegal Amounts Of Toxins

The Environmental Protection Agency says the Asarco copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona, has been continuously emitting illegal amounts of lead, arsenic and eight other dangerous toxins, for the last six years. The agency's finding means Asarco could face millions of dollars in fines and could be forced to install expensive pollution controls. The EPA disclosed the action last week to NPR and the Center for Public Integrity, which we're jointly investigating toxic air pollution in the town. NPR's Howard Berkes reports for our series "Polluted Places."
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D.C. Earns Green Award From EPA

It's not quite an Emmy, but D.C. and its residents are being acknowledged by the EPA with its Green Power Community of the Year Award.

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Montgomery County Prepares For Bag Tax

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax doesn't go into effect until 2012, but businesses in the area are already preparing for the switch.

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D.C. Region's Vehicles Older, Dirtier

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The average age of vehicles being driven in the D.C. area is older than years past, and that means improvements in the amount of emissions have fallen off.

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Environmental Innovations, Impacts At Occupy DC

Protecting the environment from destructive domestic policies is just one of many issues advocated at Occupy DC, but some activists are actually exercising their beliefs in creative, hands-on ways.

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Solar Landfill To Power Local Elementary School

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Solar panels installed on a former landfill in Howard County, Maryland are expected to generate 90 percent of the electricity used by a neighboring elementary school.


Air Pollution: Bad For Health, But Good For Planet?

In addition to carbon dioxide, power plants also spew chemicals like nitrogen and sulfur into the air. This complicated soup actually offsets some global warming by reflecting sunlight into space and pulling carbon dioxide from the air. But the long-term effects of reducing these emissions aren't fully understood.