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

State Water Project reservoirs may deliver just 5 percent of demand

The California Department of Water Resources on Wednesday announced one of the smallest initial allocations of water from state-run reservoirs.

DWP's Headworks to replace Silver Lake, Ivanhoe reservoirs

Drinking water in Los Angeles gets high marks. But new federal regulations are requiring expensive changes to L.A.’s water storage system.

LADWP holds public meeting on Owens Valley solar facility

A large array of solar panels the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing for the floor of the Owens Valley will get a public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

LA Aqueduct at 100: Solar, not water, may be new battle in the Owens Valley

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.

LA Aqueduct at 100: LA casts its shadow over the Owens Valley

L.A.'s Department of Water and Power has employed thousands of workers who have called the Owens Valley home. That's helped shaped the community’s sensibility as much as neighbors' skepticism of L.A.’s thirst.

Water officials predict dry winter for Southern California

Southern California still has healthy water reserves – for now. But the concern is over the sources that feed those reserves.

Town hall meeting satisfies few living near Exide's Vernon plant

People near a lead battery recycling plant in Vernon demanded answers from regulators and lawmakers about the facility's future during a tense four-hour meeting.

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.