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

Luchador fighting for the ocean

Wearing a silver mask and a neat grey suit - his tie dotted with tiny luchador heads - El Hijo del Santo stepped forward to the microphone. He's a star of Mexican Lucha Libre, a second generation wrestler: famous to fans of the sport, celebrated in Mexico, and met with some bewildered glances from older, mostly white folks at the California Science Center.

Long Beach port executive says settlement won't wreck environmental enforcement

The Port of Long Beach and the trucking industry say they're ready to settle a year-old lawsuit over portions of the Clean Trucks program.

Clean Trucks lawsuit settled between Long Beach, ATA

The Port of Long Beach and the American Trucking Association have settled a year-old lawsuit the trucking industry brought to stop portions of the Clean Trucks Program.

If a Port settles a lawsuit, does it make a sound?

The Port of Long Beach has settled its year-long dispute with the American Trucking Association. The Journal of Commerce has the story, but it's pretty quiet out there.

Seafood Watch turns 10

Most likely you've seen the cards: ubiquitous at Whole Foods; sometimes tucked into your check at a restaurant. Ten years ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium started Seafood Watch program to tell people in simple and consistent terms which fish need conserving most.

LA City Council members say DWP customers need advocate

Several Los Angeles City Council members are calling for a new independent watchdog at the Department of Water and Power.

Renewables a common goal, roadblock for legislators, governor

Lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger are still battling over how the state will increase renewable energy in the next decade.

Lawmakers' renewable portfolio standard gets the bounce

One of the bills Governor Schwarzenegger didn’t sign this week was a new mandate for California utilities to use renewable power. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Solar net metering pleases trade groups, greens, not utilities

If you’ve got solar panels on your rooftop, a new California law will pay you for the energy those panels add to the grid. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Stormwater runoff plans: state moves to keep water, not let it go

Still picking through the carcass of the end of legislation season, and finding interesting developments. Fran Pavley's SB 790 passed AND passed muster with the Governor: he signed into law the bill that encourages new stormwater runoff management - a big deal for southern California, where so many of our streets send the nasty into, say, the LA River, for one.

Brown barrels full of water that's...grey? Not exactly

"Well, there we get into a gray area." "How gray?" "Charcoal."

A veto pen stabbing the lobster fishery

Assemblywoman Lori Saldana had proposed AB571 to establish a Lobster Management Enhancement Supplement fee - 300 bones - that commercial lobster fishermen and women would be required to pay for lobster management activities.

LA residents testing new water conservation program

Los Angeles residents are harvesting rainwater from their home rooftops as Southern California reels from a fourth year of drought. It's part of a new effort by the city of Los Angeles. KPCC's Molly Peterson looks at how some Angelenos are making it work.

Schwarzenegger goes HIS way on RPS

More on new laws - and Schwarzenegger's vetos - as I wade through announcements. But, little surprise, the Governator rejected Assemblyman Paul Krekorian's AB21.

Worries about chemicals, and the tests for them, in Carson

Some people in Carson say they're alarmed about chemicals left behind after Shell Oil shut down an oil reservoir in their neighborhood. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the same people are skeptical about chemical testing on their property.