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

Environmental groups battle in dispute over Malibu Lagoon restoration

A judge in San Francisco has put the brakes on a planned restoration project at Malibu Lagoon.

California state park closures may be illegal, federal officials say

Federal officials say California's plan to close some state parks is illegal.

Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card: 5 things to know

Patt Morrison and I talked about beach water quality today - as well as the specific problem of sportfishing along the southern California coast I have a friend here in LA who goes to the beach like its her job in the summertime.

Celebrate two birthdays: Rachel Carson, and her book "The Sea Around Us"

Rachel Carson would have been 104 today. If you don't know anything about her, you still might know about Silent Spring, her book about chemical contamination. Thing is, Silent Spring never really moved me.

Where the nasty bacteria in Malibu come from

Fecal Indicator Bacteria. I love saying it. But I'm trying to be careful in reporting on John Izbicki's study because the issue of where the Fecal Indicator Bacteria come from is a hot one in Malibu these days.

Malibu's fecal bacteria problem could have many sources, geological survey says

People in the Southland crowd Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon; local lore advises them to close their mouths in those waters so they’ll avoid eye infections and sickness. Preliminary findings from the U.S. Geological Survey are shedding new light on the sources of that pollution. That's clouding plans for cleanup.

Carson residents living on toxic soil have little judicial, legal, legislative luck with cleanup

Homeowners in Carson's Carousel neighborhood have faced setbacks in their efforts to hold developers and the Shell Oil company responsible for toxic soil under their houses.

Marine protection plans stalled in California by lawsuits, inaction

Court challenges have stalled plans to create protected areas in the ocean between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border.

Carbon-cutting cap and trade plan on pause; Brown to weigh in on California's global warming plans?

We haven't heard too much yet from Governor Jerry Brown on his climate plans, other than that, you know, he backs having some, in general. But that's probably going to change now that a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled that - while most of AB 32 plans can go forward - the state needs to do a real, comprehensive, deep analysis of its centerpiece plans to cut carbon to 1990 levels by2020 under AB 32.

Dodger Stadium Giants fan beating: Suspect Ramirez in custody

With alleged suspect Giovanni Ramirez in custody, police will continue the search today for a man and a female believed to have been involved in the brutal assault of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium on opening day.

Plans to cap California's greenhouse gases go back to the drawing board

California air officials must go back to the drawing board to analyze plans for cutting greenhouse gases through an emissions market. A superior court judge has sided with groups who sued over cap-and-trade on behalf of poor, Latino and Black residents affected by polluting industries.

Legal battle keeps protection along California's coast in doubt [UPDATED]

Is the MLPA here to stay? Fishermen don't think so. Now one of 'em's suggesting the state shut down the Marine Life Protection Act to keep 70 California State Parks open that budget cuts would otherwise shut.

Gold rush a-comin' with the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Stakeholders - I love that word, I always think of vampires - stakeholders for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan are wrapping up a meeting today in Ontario. It's an interesting time to check in on how this plan - which is supposed to guide conservation efforts as big solar and wind projects get sited - is coming along.

Global Green counts (and cuts) Rust Belt carbon

Santa Monica-based Global Green USA has focused in recent years on projects like rebuilding in New Orleans: working to help that city back, and make it thrive. Now they've turned their attention toward cities that aren't thriving in America's Rust Belt: specifically, Youngstown, Ohio.

Federal forest planning rule won't protect water, wildlife, say critics

Scientists and lawmakers are criticizing a massive rule that federal officials propose to guide plans for the hundreds of national forests around the country. The rule's critics say it won't protect watercourses and streams in the forests - and that the proposal doesn't set clear standards for protecting populations of wildlife on those lands.