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Does CSU East Bay have questionable water quality?

Does CSU East Bay have questionable water quality?
June 7, 2017

On several occasions, Reza Khorasani, finance vice-president for Associated Students Inc., complained to university officials at Cal State East Bay about the drinking water on campus. Since February,...

Trump Tracker: Pioneer updates on America’s president

Trump Tracker: Pioneer updates on America’s president
May 31, 2017

What Happened? On Tuesday night President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” The mysterious word caused an eruption on social media, but the...

Good chimneys make good neighbors

Good chimneys make good neighbors
May 17, 2017

When I moved less than three miles away from the Valero oil refinery in Benicia just over two years ago, I wondered if it was safe to live so close to a compound designed solely to process toxic materials....

Environmentalists demonstrate climate change in Oakland

Environmentalists demonstrate climate change in Oakland
April 26, 2017

By the year 2100, parts of the Oakland Coliseum, railroads, highways 580, 80 and the Oakland International Airport could be covered by two meters — or six and a half feet — of water, if sea levels...

The ugly side of the beauty industry

The ugly side of the beauty industry
December 7, 2016

At first glance, shellac manicures and jeweled acrylic nails may seem like harmless beauty products. However studies conducted through the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic...

EPA grants California tribes $28 million for environmental projects

EPA grants California tribes $28 million for environmental projects
December 6, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a grant of $28 million to California Native American tribal governments for environmental projects, the organization announced at the 24th Annual Regional...

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement
October 19, 2016

The Valero oil refining company is in the hot seat. A settlement for improper hazardous waste reporting and handling will require the refinery’s Benicia facility to pay a $157,800 fine and improve its...

Crude oil by rail a possibility in Benicia

Photo by Kali Persall/The Pioneer
April 6, 2016

A controversial proposal by the Valero oil refinery that would bring in thousands of tons of crude oil a day has some Benicia residents seriously questioning whether it’s time to peel the “It’s Better...

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