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On each episode of Parts Per Billion, we’ll feature interesting environmental policy discussions about what’s happening in Congress, in the courts and in federal agencies. We’ll cover everything from air pollution to toxic chemicals to corporate sustainability and, of course, climate change.

On each episode of Parts Per Billion, we’ll feature interesting environmental policy discussions about what’s happening in Congress, in the courts and in federal agencies. We’ll cover everything from air pollution to toxic chemicals to corporate sustainability and, of course, climate change.
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On each episode of Parts Per Billion, we’ll feature interesting environmental policy discussions about what’s happening in Congress, in the courts and in federal agencies. We’ll cover everything from air pollution to toxic chemicals to corporate sustainability and, of course, climate change.

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Wheeler Likely to Breeze Through Senate

2/1/2019
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The President wants Andrew Wheeler to be the permanent chief of the EPA, but first he'll have to get through the Senate. Bloomberg Environment's Dean Scott joins us to talk about how Wheeler's nomination will almost certainly succeed, although the vote may be pretty close. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Jessica Coomes and Marissa Horn.

Duration:00:09:21

Mercury Rising in Debate Over EPA Pollution Limits

1/23/2019
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Mercury's not just for thermometers anymore—it also comes out of power plants. Bloomberg Environment's Amena Saiyid joins us to talk about what the EPA is doing about mercury pollution from power plants and which special interests are pushing the agency which way on this issue. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Marissa Horn and Jessica Coomes.

Duration:00:07:47

No Clear Path Forward on Climate After Poland

1/8/2019
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The United Nations’ recent climate change conference in Poland didn’t yield much in the way of breakthroughs. That raises the question: How long before catastrophic climate impacts become unavoidable? Bloomberg Environment’s Bobby Magill joins us on our podcast to summarize what went down in Poland and what that means for how the world will respond to global climate change. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Jessica Coomes and Marissa Horn.

Duration:00:15:08

The Surprisingly Sturdy Legacy of Ryan Zinke

12/20/2018
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Ryan Zinke is gone from President Trump's cabinet, but Bloomberg Environment's Stephen Lee says he won't soon be forgotten. Lee joins us to talk about the long-lasting consequences of Zinke's 22 months atop the Department of the Interior, and who may potentially be his successor. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Jessica Coomes and Marissa Horn.

Duration:00:10:43

The EPA’s Disastrous Disaster Response

12/13/2018
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How well did the EPA handle last year’s hurricanes and wildfires? Bloomberg Environment reporter Sylvia Carignan found a copy of the agency’s “warts and all” self-assessment of its disaster response, and she said it contains a lot of warts. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Jessica Coomes and Marissa Horn.

Duration:00:09:43

UN's Climate Conference Convenes in Poland, and So Do We

12/5/2018
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The UN's 24th annual climate change conference begins in Poland this week amid increasing signs that a global environmental catastrophe is afoot. Bloomberg Environment's Bobby Magill is there and he spoke with the head of the UN's General Assembly about what needs to happen to fix this problem, or at least prevent it from getting significantly worse. Host: David Schultz. Producer: Jessica Coomes. Editor: Marissa Horn.

Duration:00:13:46

Talking Pesticides on Turkey Day

11/21/2018
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, we have Bloomberg Environment’s Tiffany Stecker on to talk about the pesticides that might be in your food. Specifically, she talks about a particularly potent bug-killing chemical that hasn’t gone away in the developing world, even though the U.S., Europe, and other developed areas have largely declared it unsafe. Host: David Schultz. Editors: Marissa Horn and Jessica Coomes.

Duration:00:10:28

New Congress Will Bring Oversight, Policy Changes

11/7/2018
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Congress will look very different when it gavels in next year with a new House Democratic Majority and an expanded Republican Senate. On this special post-election episode of "Suspending the Rules," our reporters and legislative analysts break down the implications of a divided Congress for a variety of key issues. In this episode: • Bloomberg Government senior congressional reporter Nancy Ognanovich dives into the election returns and dynamics in the new Congress. • Bloomberg Government...

Duration:00:31:03

Tiny Power Plants, Tiny Chemicals & Tiny Plaintiffs

11/6/2018
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On this week's episode of our weekly podcast, Parts Per Billion, we get small: small power plants, small amounts of chemicals in your breakfast, and an update on a lawsuit from some small people. Bloomberg Environment's Adam Allington and Bobby Magill join us to discuss the future of coal and the future of litigation that could change the way the government addresses climate change. Host: David Schultz Producers: Jessica Coomes & Marissa Horn

Duration:00:05:43

Are You Smarter Than an Environmental Reporter?

10/31/2018
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This week, we introduce a new segment on our weekly environmental policy podcast, Parts Per Billion: a news quiz where you can test your knowledge of current events against Bloomberg Environment’s finest journalists. We also hear from one of those journalists, climate reporter Abby Smith, about an on-again-off-again lawsuit from a group of young people who are arguing that the government has a constitutional duty to combat climate change. Host: David Schultz. Producer: Jessica Coomes.

Duration:00:08:46

Ep 53: The New Gold Rush 3 Miles Under the Ocean

10/12/2018
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The conditions may finally be right for deep sea mining. Demand for rare minerals is peaking thanks to consumer electronics, and technology has developed enough that drilling three miles underwater can be done safely. Or can it? This week on Parts Per Billion, Bloomberg Environment's Adam Allington tells us about why some environmentalists and scientists think mining isn't actually better down where it's wetter. Host: David Schultz Editors: Marissa Horn & Nicholas Anzalotta-Kynoch Producers:...

Duration:00:10:51

Ep 52: The Pentagon's $2 Billion Contamination Problem

8/30/2018
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There's a new contamination problem that people are calling "the new asbestos." It's per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS. PFAS has been linked to numerous health problems, and cities and towns across the country have been finding them in their water supplies—especially towns or around military bases. Why? Because PFAS was commonly used in firefighting foam that was sprayed liberally on tarmacs and airstrips. Maureen Sullivan is the Pentagon's point person for...

Duration:00:10:35

Ep 51: Don't Just Throw Away That Fracking Wastewater

8/28/2018
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Fracking involves shooting water deep underground to break open oil and gas formations. Most of that water comes back up to the surface eventually. What are we supposed to do with it? Nichole Saunders, an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund, says we need to do A LOT more research before we start using this wastewater instead of just storing it back underground. We spoke to Saunders at the annual conference of the Environmental Council of the States in Stowe, Vt. Check back in later...

Duration:00:11:36

Ep 50: Climate Solutions, or Maybe Just Wishful Thinking

8/23/2018
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Some scientists out there are working on a plan to suck greenhouse gasses out of the air. Is this a potentially revolutionary solution to the problem of climate change? Bloomberg Environment's Bobby Magill says don't go popping the champagne corks just yet. In the latest episode of Parts Per Billion, Magill talks about the struggle to make carbon removal viable—not just technologically, but also economically and even morally viable.

Duration:00:09:29

Ep 49: Taking Plastic Straws Out of the Ballgame

7/25/2018
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It seems you can't go a week anymore without someone announcing they're banning plastic straws in the name of reducing water pollution. As Bloomberg Environment's Sam McQuillan reports, even the sporting world is getting into the act. For the latest episode of Parts Per Billion, we talk with Sam about why sports stadiums are announcing bans on plastic straws and about the star power behind this nascent movement.

Duration:00:08:05

Ep 48: Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?

7/10/2018
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Brett Kavanaugh is the man of the hour. The federal appeals court judge was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Trump, who called him “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time.” Bloomberg Environment reporter Fatima Hussein says Kavanaugh has a lengthy and interesting record on environmental issues. For the latest episode of Parts Per Billion, Fatima breaks down what a possible “Associate Justice Kavanaugh” would mean for air, water, soil, and more.

Duration:00:07:20

Ep 47: More Money, More Problems for Polluted Real Estate

7/5/2018
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More money is always better, right? Well, not when it comes to redeveloping polluted real estate. On the latest episode of Parts Per Billion, we hear from Bloomberg Environment reporter Sylvia Carignan on why larger redevelopment grants from the EPA may actually hurt small, rural communities.

Duration:00:08:39

Ep 46: Solar Offers Promise to Puerto Ricans Frustrated With Utility

5/24/2018
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Many Puerto Ricans are fed up with their government-run electric utility, with sporadic outages still occurring more than eight months after Hurricane Maria. Bloomberg Environment reporter Rebecca Kern just returned from the island, and she found that demand there for residential solar power is through the roof. But, as she tells us in the latest episode of Parts Per Billion, even solar panel installers are saying storm-fatigued residents are raising their hopes too high.

Duration:00:10:24

Ep 45: Worker Safety at the Push of a Button

5/7/2018
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Hotel workers have to go into what is essentially someone's bedroom by themselves multiple times a day. How do we keep them safe? Some California legislators think they have the solution: panic buttons. On this episode of Parts Per Billion, we speak with Bloomberg Environment reporter Fatima Hussein about her recent story on a bill in the Golden State that would require all hotels to provide workers with these personal safety devices.

Duration:00:11:26

Ep 44: They Want to Mine Bitcoins Where?!

4/30/2018
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One of the nice things about bitcoins is that you can mine them almost anywhere—even on a toxic Superfund site. For this week's episode of Parts Per Billion we explain why these unused, and possibly unusable, contaminated industrial sites might be perfect for bitcoin mining operations.

Duration:00:10:04