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A fortuitous interview adds crucial perspective to story on Bay Area’s refinery emissions cap

"I knew that in order to make a policy story work on the airwaves, I would need to find stories of the people whose lives it would affect –– and I would need to do it fast," writes reporter Marissa Ortega-Welch.
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Are local communities bearing the brunt of the shift to heavier crude oil?

Bay Area refineries are gearing up to receive and process a growing volume of tar sands and heavy crude oils. What does this mean for the health of residents in the region?

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