Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Oil and gas regulators admit to massive oversight failures in new report

The report comes after disclosures earlier this year that state regulators had allowed oil and gas wastewater to be injected into drinking water aquifers.

Gov. Brown signs aggressive climate change bill

The ambitious measure will increase California's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030.

Drought: Some water agencies penalize excessive use

While California as a whole has been meeting the statewide mandate for water reduction, some local water districts are working to rein in their biggest water users.

UPDATED: Troubled ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance to get new owner

The deal follows a turbulent year for the 750-acre facility, which saw an explosion in February and intense regulatory scrutiny including fines for flagrant violations.

UCLA project gives rare look at buildings' energy efficiency

UCLA researchers have mashed up census data, property information and electricity use to create an interactive database offering a rare glimpse into localized energy usage.

New water bond? Environmentalists say $7 billion wasn't enough

Less than a year after voters approved an unprecedented $7.5 billion for water projects, some environmentalists already say it's time for another bond.

Recycling sewage is an uphill battle in LA County, literally

The county’s largest treatment plants sit at sea level, perfectly positioned to pump hundreds of billions of gallons of treated sewage out to sea.

Future of Water: Can California's arcane water rights system change?

California's 19th Century water rights system has led to plenty of fighting over the decades. Australia shows olive branches can sprout from drought.

Air quality officials tighten regulations on oil fields near SoCal homes

The new regulations come in response to growing concerns about the possible health effects of noxious fumes wafting into neighborhoods from oil and gas facilities.

Water use drops 31 percent statewide, beats July mandate

Among the top-performing suppliers were Golden State Water Company Simi Valley, with a reduction of 40 percent, and the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and West Sacramento.

NASA: West Coast waters likely to start rising rapidly

Sea levels along the West Coast have fallen over the past 20 years because of long-term natural cycles. Researchers say there are now signs those cycles are reversing course.

First Person: Cynthia Portillo, environmental activist at 17

The girl from Mecca in the Coachella Valley grew up feeling the effects of air pollution. Now she's busy organizing other teens to lobby public officials on the issue.

New Exide funds borrowed from other contamination cleanups

State toxics regulators pull funds from other projects to start cleanup in expanded area around the shuttered Vernon plant while looking for more money.

State to begin immediate cleanup of homes near Exide plant

At a community meeting Thursday, California regulators announced that they'll begin immediate clean-up of homes contaminated by lead.

Thousands more homes may be affected by Exide pollution

Newly-disclosed soil sampling around the now-shuttered Exide lead-battery recycling facility suggests a much larger area may be affected by legacy pollution from the plant.