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

Organic spirits grow nationally from a single relationship

If you plan to toast the New Year with a cocktail, you'll find shelves more crowded with ingredients these days. Small-batch liquor makers are booming, and sales of organic liquor were up 16 percent last year. KPCC's Molly Peterson offers this profile of one local distiller who seeks to turn green into gold.

Do you know where your electronic waste goes?

If you're buying last-minute gifts, consider this: the fastest growing waste stream originates in the United States. Its fastest growing element is electronic waste - old televisions and other gadgets that contain chemicals and toxic substances. KPCC's Molly Peterson made a holiday visit to one business that recycles that waste.

Big challenges for big solar in California's deserts

In 2005, an energy law gave federal interior officials 10 years to line up 10,000 megawatts of power on public lands. Little happened in the first few years after that law was passed. Then Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the fast-tracking of a few select renewable energy projects in mid-2009.

"Resisting the Green Dragon:" Arguing God ISN'T green

About a month ago I wrote a blog entry reflecting on the increasingly popular idea that God is present in the environmental movement.

First major cap and trade market for greenhouse gas approved in California

The California Air Resources Board has approved the first program in the United States that’ll cap greenhouse gas emissions and charge polluters for the carbon dioxide they release. The state board voted as national efforts to counter global warming are at a standstill.

California Air Resources Board considering amending air quality regulations on diesel engines

State air regulators today will consider loosening rules for soot and other air pollution from construction equipment, trucks and other heavy vehicles. The proposal could pit industries against one another.

Companies dependent on diesel fuel worry about what California will decide on limit rules

Two very different industries are interested in what happens with state rules that limit diesel air pollution from heavy machinery. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on an issue before the Air Resources Board.

Court rules regulators can enforce anti-stormwater rules at beaches, along coast

A state appeals court has ruled that regional water regulators can enforce rules designed to cut the impacts of stormwater pollution at beaches and along the coast.

State sets aside parts of Southern California ocean to protect marine life

California’s Fish and Game Commission has set aside portions of the Pacific Ocean off the Southern California coast that will be protected from fishing and other marine activities.

California power plants still have to meet SWRCB deadlines

State water officials have advanced a plan to end the use of sea water for cooling coastal power plants.

[UPDATED WITH DECISION] Listen here: Baykeeper on Once-Through Cooling at State Water Resources Control Board

Environmentalists have won a victory at the State Water Resources Control Board in an ongoing skirmish over coastal power plant policy.

Electric car advocates offer ideas about where all those future plugs should go

Last week Nissan delivered the first of its new LEAF plug-in cars to a northern Californian, and the company’s got 20,000 more orders coming off the line. Other companies with plug-in hybrid cars are following suit.

So who's this Ron Nichols guy who might run the DWP? [UPDATED]

His bio is terse - but that doesn't necessarily mean he is. Comes news from the LAT that Ron Nichols, soon-to-be-formerly of Navigant Consulting, could lead the DWP:

An LADWP cornucopia; updates on reforms and other matters

As we look ahead to the last DWP-oversight fight looming at city council, it seemed worth rounding up the major developments from last week (that I tragically under-reported thanks to my thrown-out back).

Marine protected areas and their science controversial among fishermen

California fish and game officials will soon consider new protections for 12 percent of coastal waters between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border. Under the Marine Life Protection Act, no fishing would be permitted in 7 percent of South Coast waters. It's a proposal that has sparked new conversations about ocean science and the ocean economy.