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"Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill Fined For Excessive Contaminated Runoff"

"The Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill will pay a $24,000 fine for violations involving the improper disposal of shale gas drilling waste and contaminated liquids in 2019, according to terms of a state Department of Environmental Protection consent order announced Tuesday."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 02/19/2020

Data Project Details Nation's Disintegrating Dams

Hundreds of U.S. dams are at risk, and the Associated Press undertook a massive two-year-long investigative reporting project to gather and sort data that would identify those presenting the greatest hazards. In this guest Reporter’s Toolbox, AP data journalist Michelle Minkoff details the news service’s painstaking process, its striking findings and the impact of its reporting. Plus, key lessons learned for other data news projects.

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"Virginia Lawmakers Pass Major Renewable Energy Legislation"

"The Virginia House and Senate passed sweeping energy legislation Tuesday that would overhaul how Virginia’s utilities generate electricity and, supporters say, move the state from the back of the pack to the forefront of renewable energy policy in the United States."

Source: AP, 02/13/2020
March 25, 2020 to March 26, 2020

American Climate Leadership Summit

ecoAmerica is hosting ACLS 2020 in Washington DC. Theme is Ambition • Restoration • Justice, to amplify and accelerate ambition on climate solutions, and build political will and demand for climate action in the 2020 election and beyond. Reporters are invited to attend for free.

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Could Ohio R Have Legal Rights? Movement Tests Power of Local Control

"Can you imagine if the Ohio River and its tributaries had legal rights? While speculative, the idea isn't necessarily far-fetched. This month marks the one-year anniversary of residents in Toledo, Ohio, bestowing Lake Erie with its own bill of rights."

Source: EHN, 02/05/2020

Virginia Lawmakers Vote To Block Offshore Drilling In Rebuke To Trump

"Virginia Democratic-led lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state’s coastline, reflecting opposition to the Republican Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic waters to fossil fuel exploration."

Source: Reuters, 02/05/2020


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