Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

Cleanup deal allows Vernon battery recycler Exide to stay open [UPDATED]

The Department of Toxic Substances Control will issue an order requiring Exide to clean up leaky stormwater pipes and control toxic substances in air emissions.

Parks officials: Long shutdown means more vandalism on public lands

Previous government shutdowns have given rise to vandalism, ecological damage at National Park sites.

Whittier oil drilling: Court leaves dispute unresolved for now

The parties in the case had anticipated a final ruling Tuesday. Whatever a Superior Court judge decides, lawyers for all sides say appeals are likely.

New chemical rules aim to make consumer products safer

California launches new rules today guiding the use of hazardous chemicals. Regulations about consumer products are both long awaited and cutting edge.

Judge's ruling could open conservation land to oil drilling in Whittier

Activists say what happens in a courtroom, and in Whittier, could have ripple effects for open space and land conservation well beyond this small 30-acre patch.

EPA follows California's lead on power plants — 7 years later

Federal regulators are proposing new limits on carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants. Those kind of rules are old news in California.

Exide battery plant cuts production 15% after air monitors find too much lead in emissions

Already afoul of air and toxic regulators, Exide must now monitor lead emissions on a daily, not monthly, basis. The company remains in Chapter 11 reorganization.

Low-carbon fuel standard upheld by 9th circuit judges

Supporters of California's push for alternative fuels to lower carbon emissions claim victory. Refiners and ethanol producers say it'll raise prices at the pump.

Public health officials to offer lead screening tests, battery recycler asked to pay for them

The idea is to calm concerns in neighborhoods around troubled battery recycler, but public health officials and regulators are offering fewer answers than questions.

Amended fracking legislation lands on governor's desk

California lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that would enact the tightest rules in the nation on fracking.

AB 327 poised to change how California sets electricity rates

Sacramento lawmakers are nearing final approval on a wide-ranging bill that would change how energy rates are set for California’s privately owned utilities.

Genetics show once-plentiful green abalone could thrive again

A new genetic profile of Suthern California's green abalone population offers hope about how the once-plentiful sea snails could rebound.

Orange County groups educate kids about green abalone, foster citizen science

If green abalone restoration is going to happen, it'll take a village, say scientists, educators, and volunteers working in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Edison crews to put Chino Hills power line underground

Southern California Edison crews are readying work to put a section of a high-voltage transmission line in the ground rather than above Chino Hills homes.

Watchdogs want Boeing to keep Santa Susana debris from landfills

A coalition of groups concerned about toxic contamination at a former nuclear lab in Santa Susana want a judge to stop demolition debris from going to landfills.