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

Song of the Week: "I'll Follow the Sun" for solar companies, LADWP

Pacific Swell's song of the week is dedicated to the LA Department of Water and Power and the companies who are criticizing its solar incentive program. It's called "I'll Follow the Sun," and even though it's a Beatles song, I picked a Glen Phillips version because he's a southern Californian and because I just plain liked it.

Heat-related illness risks rise with warming climate, report says

A major environmental advocacy group says California is one of the 12 states most at risk for health problems related to climate change. The Natural Resources Defense Council has created new maps of climate and temperature data they say point to growing hazards for residents.

DWP toggles solar credits to the displeasure of solar salesmen

L.A. Water and Power commissioners have restarted a program that helps pay for solar panels on urban rooftops. But changes in the program offer both more and less money to Angelenos.

Devil's Gate Dam mud removal project adds safeguards for people, toads

A Los Angeles County public works plan to clean out mud and debris at Devil's Gate Dam is underway. The project offers more protections for wildlife and for surrounding neighborhoods.

Plastic bag ban takes effect in Long Beach

If you shop in Long Beach, you might want to stash a few reusable bags in your car before heading to the grocery or drug store. Today, Long Beach joins a growing list of California cities and counties that restrict the use of plastic shopping bags.

Song of the Week: Radiohead, Idiotheque, for the sentencing of Tim DeChristopher

It may be the case that Radiohead's Thom Yorke and his brethren cut up lyrics on pieces of paper and stuck them in a hat and pulled them out and made songs out of them (that's lore, not fact).

Brown calls for more investment in rooftop solar energy

Governor Jerry Brown has convened a couple of hundred solar developers, economists, politicians and policymakers at UCLA to sort out a strategy toward placing more solar panels on California rooftops.

KCRW's Unfictional, "The Descent" - Looking down the river at climate change and other matters

In some circles he's known as Bidder No. 70, but he also is a guy Alex Chadwick went down a river in Canyonlands National Park with. Tim DeChristopher is a man from Utah who took action because he believes we're in an urgent crisis caused by our rapidly warming planet.

Brown favors renewable energy project over conservation in Mojave Desert

Governor Jerry Brown has weighed in on a contested solar energy project in the Mojave Desert. The legal brief he's filed is likely to satisfy renewable energy advocates, but probably won't make conservationists happy.

Superfund Site of the Week: Rialto's B.F. Goodrich

It was in 1997 that Rialto first figured out that a plume of perchlorate was contaminating groundwater. The Environmental Protection Agency named it the B.F. Goodrich site after the Goodrich Corporation, and made it a Superfund site in 2009.

Song of the Week: Bloomberg Philanthropy gives $50 million to Sierra Club for coal campaign

News today inspires this week's song. A campaign already targeting LA's utility for its reliance on coal power has gotten a $50 million boost from Bloomberg Philanthropy for its national work.

Judge rules in favor of environmental groups in ongoing Long Beach port trucking dispute

Environmental and labor groups have won a victory in an ongoing fight with the Port of Long Beach over how to enforce a ban on the oldest, dirtiest trucks working the harbor.

State regulators, LADWP reach agreement on delaying Clean Water Act provision

State water regulators struck a compromise Tuesday that will give the L.A. Department of Water and Power more time to meet standards for coastal power plants.

DWP seeks 15-year delay of Clean Water Act provision

State water regulators again must decide whether to grant L.A.'s Department of Water and Power more time to phase out a cooling process at coastal power plants.

Superfund site of the Week: Maywood's Pemaco Chemical Company, now a city park

The federal law called CERCLA - the friendly term is Superfund - is supposed to create a structure for cleaning up toxic pollution, and often in its history the law and its regulators have operated with the idea that polluters should pay to clean up their messes (though not now, which is a story for a different day).