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

Greenhouse gas reduction could help poor neighborhoods near refineries, power plants

Poor neighborhoods near refineries and power plants could benefit from laws requiring greenhouse gas cuts that also aim to reduce pollution. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on a new report from the Hewlett Foundation.

Imperial County to crack down on 'fugitive dust' with pollution controls

Imperial County officials have agreed to develop stricter air quality rules after a long battle over how to control dust in the region. Health advocates cheer the move.

...adjourning in honor of Wilma Mankiller

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LA's water rationing blamed in water main blowouts last summer, consultant says

The water rationing system in the city of Los Angeles, which has limited outdoor watering to Mondays and Thursdays, contributed to a rash of water main breaks in the summer of 2009. That's the conclusion of an independent team led by a USC engineer who reported to the Environment and Energy Committee of the Los Angeles City Council. The LA Department of Water and Power says its engineers must read the report before responding to it.

Imperial Valley officials agree to clearer rules for dust mitigation

Imperial County officials have agreed to develop stricter air quality rules after a long battle over how to control dust. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

David Freeman steps down from DWP; GM position vacant

City officials appointed Freeman to a six-month term as interim general manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Tranquillon Ridge compromise deal could live again: PXP, environmentalists strike new deal

Santa Barbara environmentalists say they may have improved a plan that would allow a Texas-based oil company to drill offshore.  KPCC's Molly Peterson says that activists maintain the revised plan would win more support from skeptics.

Villaraigosa names Eric Holoman to fifth commissioner seat on DWP board

Los Angeles city officials have no official word on who will fill the soon-to-be-vacant general manager spot at the Department of Water and Power. But KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the city’s mayor has picked a new water and power commissioner.

Bickering among DWP, Villaraigosa and City Council over money transfer

Los Angeles city managers are slashing budgets and preparing for possible furloughs as L.A.'s mayor, the City Council and the Department of Water and Power bicker over deepening budget woes.

LA City Council rejects DWP rate hike

Water and power bills in the city of Los Angeles won't go up for at least three months. That's because last night, the city council and DWP commissioners dueled to a standoff about how much to raise bills. (Audio: KPCC’s Molly Peterson has been covering this issue. She told Steve Julian what the standoff is all about.)

LA city council sends signal to DWP on energy rates

A divided Los Angeles city council has recommended an immediate increase in energy rates for Department of Water and Power customers. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the council vote water and power commissioners.

Skid Row Housing Trust breaks ground on mixed-use project

In downtown Los Angeles, the Skid Row Housing Trust has broken ground on a new mixed-use project that will provide housing and support services for a hundred formerly homeless people.

Villaraigosa: City council's proposed DWP rate increase a good compromise

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LA mayor urges city council to approve DWP rate hike

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging members of the city council to support what he calls a compromise plan to raise energy rates more slowly and with more reforms at the city’s Department of Water and Power.

Air regulators' latest AB32 study predicts little overall impact on state's economy

Conservative lawmakers and petroleum companies are campaigning to suspend California laws that aim to cut the state’s impact on global warming. Opponents of the new mandates argue that they'll harm Californians and their economy. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on a new report air quality officials hope will quiet critics of the law known as AB-32.