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Arizona pols take aim at EPA rules (access required)

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A week full of new Environmental Protection Agency rules and environmental hearings in Arizona provided a campaign talking point for conservative candidates and a golden opportunity for others to appeal to the base of Arizona’s dominant political party.

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

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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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