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

'Explosion' at ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance

An explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance left at least two people with minor injuries and prompted a local road closure.

Visualizing sea level rise through King Tides

During three winter months every year, the backbeat of California's coast changes. King Tides, the highest highs and lowest lows, offer a glimpse of sea level rise.

California drought: Are rain barrels really a good idea?

A UC Davis engineering professor worries that California's obsession with rain barrels is blinding the state to its costs.

Lawsuit links Phillips 66 Carson expansion to 'tar sands'

Communities for a Better Environment has filed a lawsuit claiming air regulators erred in approving expansion plans for Phillips 66 in the city of Carson.

California cuts December water use 22 percent, meets Brown's goal

The South Coast region saw the state's third-highest conservation rates, but regulators warn that a dry January may erode gains.

Shell pays $90 million to settle Carson Carousel claims

Decades ago, developers built homes on top of buried pits of waste oil. Tests show that oil has contaminated the soil, which residents say causes health problems.

California Drought: Los Angeles to capture, use stormwater

For the first time, L.A. is talking about making rainfall a small but reliable part of the city’s water sources — about 4 percent of annual supplies.

Climate change, heat island effect deal a 'double whammy' to cities

Heat waves have grown more common in the last 40 years, and that trend’s happening fastest in cities, according to a new study.

Exide hit with 8 violations over Vernon battery recycling plant

Exide's smelter has been closed since last March under regulatory order, and its operations have been under increasing scrutiny .

Slumping prices slow California oil wells, not stop them

A UC Berkeley economist says new projects stall, but high upfront and relatively lower operating costs keep oil and gas production going, even in a weak market.

'Erin Brockovich' town gets cleanup order

Water regulators order utilituy to contain the underground pollution plume where its boundaries are known and determine boundaries in areas where they are unclear.

LA oil field scraps effort to expand drilling, but neighbors remain uneasy

They want local regulators to keep them safe from potential risks from the operations still underway, but that is easier said than done.

Oil lobby threatens lawsuit, but LA council backs fracking ban

City Attorney Mike Feuer's office wants to meet with council members behind closed doors to discuss next steps in ban effort.

Earth crosses threshold of key environmental markers

A new study says human activity has pushed Earth beyond "safe operating" boundaries in areas like carbon dioxide build-up, species extinction and deforestation

Oil driller to withdraw request for expansion in LA neighborhood

Residents concerned about air and water pollution say they'll continue to seek sanctions and a revocation of permission to drill.