The Southern Environmental Law Center's top 10 places in America's South that face "immediate, potentially irreparable threats in 2009" represent a cross-section of the major environmental issues facing these states.
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Consumers who want to choose milk produced without the use of artificial hormones are out of luck - if they live in Pennsylvania. That is not a choice the state will allow them.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) overruled a ban by the state's Department of Agriculture on the labelling of milk as "hormone free."
The Smithsonian Institution, a federal agency with many environment-related research and public education activities, opposes a Congressional move that would subject it to the same open-records law that applies to other executive branch agencies.
The 12th annual conference, October 9-13, included a searching examination of the environment beat's "blind spots", and a spirited exchange between two key members of Congress and President George W. Bush's top environmental advisor about politics and policy in the post-9/11 era. Among the more than 30 session topics: Rachel Carson's legacy, ten years after Rio, cancer clusters, "Frankenfish" and an insider's look at the "big ten" environmental groups.
The Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents held its first public meeting in 162 years November 17, 2008. This marks a move away from existing policies that have made the institution's meetings and records less open to public scrutiny than other federal entities.
SEJ's 14th annual conference, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, took place October 20-24.
See and hear coverage of SEJ's 18th annual conference, October 15-19, hosted by Virginia Tech. The agenda provides descriptions of the tours and sessions, and lists of speakers with links to biographies.
Should a deal for $200 million in tax breaks for a West Virginia coal-to-liquids plant be kept a secret from taxpayers and voters?
West Virginia's governor is giving $200 million in tax breaks to a coal-to-liquids plant -- but the public is not allowed to know.