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Giant ‘Haboob’ dust storms cause EPA to relent on Arizona anti-pollution plan (access required)

Haboob

Like a toddler with a water hose, the monsoon brings the rain in bursts, unevenly spraying but never quite quenching Arizona’s dry earth.

Often, the season’s thunderstorms unleash an apocalyptic scene — a wall of dust, with its tinge of yellow and red against the setting sun, rushing to swallow the Valley whole and enveloping its homes with its unwelcome sandy mist. Free from crippling polar vortexes or earthquakes, the sandstorms are nature’s reminder to Arizona of its sweeping powers.

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Clearing the polluted air

Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

We know when our opponents do not have a strong argument, they resort to personal attacks and don’t really address the key issue, in this case, clean air. In its hit piece “Sierra Club 'Clearing the Haze' comments undermine its credibility” published March 15 in the Arizona Capitol Times, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) leaves out key factors regarding the cleanup of its coal-fired Apache Generating Station.

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Grumbles announces resignation from ADEQ (access required)

Ben Grumbles, the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, announced that he'll step down from the agency by the end of the year. Grumbles announced the resignation to the ADEQ staff in an email Oct. 28.

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