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  • Dirty Heating Oil Kills, Study Finds

    January 28, 2010 – Queens Chronicle

    Heating buildings can be deadly. That’s according to a report released last week by NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity. The document, entitled “Residual Risks: The Unseen Costs of Using Dirty Oil in New York City Boilers,” finds that the low-grade heating oil used in many apartment buildings emits a dangerously large amount of particulate matter, which can cause respiratory problems, heart attacks and even death. The study estimates that more than 150 deaths could be avoided each year if the city’s buildings burned cleaner fuel.

  • Interview with Michael Livermore and Jason Schwartz on cost of NYC’s dirty oil

    January 27, 2010 – WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show

    What’s behind that black smoke pouring out of many city buildings? From the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity, Executive Director Michael Livermore and fellow Jason Schwartz discuss their recent study of the effects of oil boilers on the city’s air, and the larger efforts being made to clean up air pollution in the area.

  • Mayor Bloomberg could help save 188 lives a year by using cleaner heating fuels: study

    January 21, 2010 – New York Daily News

    Switching from cheap and dirty #6 fuel oil to cleaner #2 oil would save up to 56 lives a year, and switching to natural gas would save up to 188 people, according to scientific models from New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity.

  • Livermore on the anniversary of the coal ash spill in Kingtson, Tennessee

    December 22, 2009 – Grist

    On December 22nd, 2008, a quiet evening in the town of Harriman, Tennessee was interrupted when 1.2 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge burst out of a nearby landfill, poisoning the land and water in its path and causing untold hardship for families whose lives were turned upside down. A year later, the underlying cause of this massive environmental disaster is still unregulated.

  • Action Jackson: U.S. EPA Boss Gets Warm Welcome in Copenhagen

    December 9, 2009 – The Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital

    Or the EPA could provide those market-based approaches itself. Michael Livermore at the NYU Law School notes over at TNR’s The Vine that the EPA has the authority to create its own cap-and-trade plan under the Clean Air Act. (Even under legislation, the EPA would have to run the thing anyway.)

  • Effects of coal ash contamination go beyond health risks

    November 12, 2009 – The Iowa Independent

    A study released earlier this year by the Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), a non-partisan think tank based in New York City, found the benefits of upgrading disposal sites would exceed the costs of tougher regulations by almost 10 to 1. The research focused mostly on coal ash ponds like the one that failed in Kingston, Tenn., in December. The costs for quarries to upgrade would be much lower than the costs for ponds, according Scott Holladay, an economist who researched the issue for IPI.

  • Iowa universities will not alter coal ash disposal practices

    August 6, 2009 – The Iowa Independent

    A recent study by the Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), a non-partisan think tank based in New York City, found the benefits of upgrading disposal sites would exceed the costs of tougher regulations by almost 10 to 1. And since beneficial use sites are not mandated to provide financial assurances that they can pay for possible contamination, the cost any clean up could eventually be passed on to taxpayers.

  • Group calls on state to mandate monitoring at coal ash sites

    June 16, 2009 – The Iowa Independent

    [A] recent study by the Institute for Policy Integrity (IPI), a non-partisan think tank based in New York City, found the benefits of upgrading disposal sites would exceed the costs of tougher regulations by almost 10 to 1. The research focused mostly on coal ash ponds like the one that failed in Kingston, Tenn., in December. The costs for quarries to upgrade would be much lower than the costs for ponds, according Scott Holladay, an economist who researched the issue for IPI.

  • Ash regulation makes enviro, economic sense—study

    June 11, 2009 – Greenwire

    Federal regulation of coal ash from power plants will help protect the environment and could also help electric utilities save billions of dollars, according to a study released yesterday. The New York University School of Law policy brief says requiring utilities to keep coal ash in dry, covered, synthetically lined storage areas would reduce risks of catastrophic spills, water pollution and respiratory ailments caused by airborne particles.

  • Coal ash update: Regulations make economic sense

    June 10, 2009 – The Charleston Gazette’s Coal Tattoo Blog

    Real regulation of toxic ash from coal-fired power plants would not only protect the environment, but would make economic sense. That’s the conclusion of a new report issued today by New York University School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity.