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

Agencies disagree over how to stop spread of invasive species

Federal and state land managers know that southern California's rivers and creeks are under increasing threat from New Zealand mud snails. The tiny pests can change the food chain and squeeze out native animals. A new survey of the Malibu Creek watershed finds the snails spreading for the third year in a row. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that not everyone agrees on what to do about them.

Wildfire destroys most of Sylmar mobile home park

The Sayre Fire in Sylmar destroyed 80 percent of the homes in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Some of its residents gathered under a freeway overpass near the parks entrance Sunday. KPCC's Molly Peterson was there.

Proposition 10 focuses on alternative fuel vehicles

Proposition 10 on tomorrow's statewide ballot is meant to promote clean energy sources. If voters approve it, California will spend $5 billion of bond money to help people buy alternative-fuel cars and help pay for clean-car research. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the measure's supporters and opponents disagree about whether you'll get what you pay for.

Proposition 7 tackles issue of clean energy

Tuesday's statewide ballot includes the Solar and Clean Energy Initiative. The question known as Proposition 7 would require all California utilities to use clean generation sources for half of their energy within 17 years. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that to speed a move to renewables, the measure promises to streamline some state approvals for big projects.

County supervisors approve new rules on drilling at Inglewood Oil Field

Los Angeles County supervisors have approved new rules that limit operations at the Inglewood Oil Field. They voted after hundreds of people showed up at the downtown L.A. meeting to ask for more time and stricter standards. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

Public memorial service will be held for environmental activist

Family and friends of environmental activist Dorothy Green remember her life today at a public memorial in the Hollywood Hills. Best known for founding Heal the Bay, Green's interest in California waters extended over four decades. KPCC's Molly Peterson has her story.

Supreme Court hears Navy sonar case

Jacques Cousteau called oceans "the silent world," but ships and sonar make the seas louder each year. This morning, the Supreme Court hears argument on whether U.S. law can limit Navy noise, as KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

Supreme Court begins new term

As it does each year, the U.S. Supreme Court greets the first Monday in October with a new term. KPCC's Molly Peterson spoke with some Southland law professors about what's in store this session.

Ports begin 'Clean Trucks' plan

The oldest and dirtiest diesel trucks that move cargo at the harbors are banned starting Wednesday as the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles get their "Clean Trucks" program underway. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports preparations have been down to the wire.

California joins other states, Canadian provinces in proposing 'cap and trade' program

Four Canadian provinces and seven western states, including California, are proposing market rules for trading and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

L.A. Water Managers Aim to Boost Interest in Recycled Water

Water managers for the city of Los Angeles want to boost interest in how water gets to the tap. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that means focusing on recycling water that's already been through it.

Desert Water Storage Plan Gets New Life

An L.A. company's long delayed plan to store water under the desert and sell it to Southern California users has found new life. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports a different climate may greet the Cadiz project a decade after it began.

Metrolink Train Engineer Employer Facing Employment Practice Charges In Federal Court

Federal investigators are still puzzling out the cause of the Chatsworth crash. Even so, the company that employs Metrolink train engineers is under scrutiny for its possible role in the accident. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that Veolia Transportation is already facing claims about its employment practices in federal court.

Public Hearings Held on Urban Oil Drilling

The price at the pump isn't the only way the oil economy is affecting people in Los Angeles. Energy companies are increasingly interested in drilling in California's urban areas, including the Inglewood Oil field in Baldwin Hills. L.A. County planners are figuring out how to permit future drilling and protect the people who live nearby. The second of four scheduled public hearings begins at 6 o'clock Thursday night. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on what's at stake.

Local Ports Try to Sign Up Truckers for 'Clean Trucks' Program

In six weeks, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will stop letting older diesel trucks pick up cargo. That ban is part of the Clean Trucks program. Environmental activists and truck drivers are protesting some of that program's employment rules today during a Clean Truck Center dedication on Terminal Island. The trucking industry is suing over other provisions. That means the port complex is working hard to get trucking companies to participate. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.