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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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English


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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...

Duration:00:11:55

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 35: Celebrate SCOTUS Day With Parts Per Billion

10/2/2017
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For attorneys, today is like Christmas, July 4th and Super Bowl Sunday all rolled into one. It's the first day of the Supreme Court's new term! To get you prepared for what to expect, we spoke with John Cruden, who was the top environmental attorney in the Obama Department of Justice. Cruden talks with us about the environmental cases (or lack thereof) that the court has agreed to hear and also about how changes among the nine justices could affect the shape of their rulings.

Duration:00:11:40

Ep 34: After Hurricane, Houston Can't Be What It Was

9/28/2017
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In some ways, things are returning to normal in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. But in other, very important ways, things will never be back to normal there. We speak with Bloomberg BNA Houston correspondent Nushin Huq, a lifelong resident of the city, about how the cleanup is going a month after the storm and about some of the long-term environmental problems that may trouble Houston for years to come.

Duration:00:11:23

Ep 33: The Frenzy Begins as Congress Returns

9/5/2017
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Congress returns from a month-long vacation today and it definitely has its work cut out for it: by the end of this month, it has to fund the government, raise the debt ceiling, reauthorize the FAA and provide disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. We speak with Bloomberg BNA's Dean Scott and Brian Dabbs about all the environmental measures that might get tacked on to these "must pass" bills.

Duration:00:13:33