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Conflict Over Biden’s Offshore Wind Drive To Generate News in 2022 and Beyond

Offshore wind, which some see as a panacea in the search for climate-friendly energy solutions, is getting a push from the Biden administration. But as noted in this week’s TipSheet, part of our 2022 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment, there are numerous obstacles to the renewable power source, whether from states, coastal property owners and towns, fishing industry and even some environmentalists.

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March 1, 2022

DEADLINE: CUNY/Newmark Journalism-NAJA Scholarship

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is offering a full-tuition scholarship in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association for any NAJA member admitted to a Master’s program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and who meets CUNY’s eligibility requirements for being a New York State Resident. Deadline: Mar 1, 2022.

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"Groups File Complaint Against Water Utility Over Lead Pipes"

"Five environmental and community groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the Providence Water Supply Board’s infrastructure and lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for residents of color."

Source: AP, 01/07/2022

Reporters Reveal ‘Decades of Deceit’ Over Underground Water Contamination

A trove of confidential documents about a well-known groundwater pollution problem helped journalists Paul LaRocco and David M. Schwartz uncover how much had actually been hidden about the contamination’s severity and how it could have been kept from worsening. In the latest Inside Story Q&A, LaRocco and Schwartz share the story behind their award-winning investigation.

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"New York Reduces Lead Level Allowed in School Drinking Water"

"New York State will strengthen its lead poisoning prevention law, reducing the amount allowed in drinking water at public schools and increasing testing frequency, under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Kathy Hochul (D)."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 12/24/2021

"Biden Admin Clears Way For N.Y. Offshore Wind Leases"

"The Biden administration has found that huge arrays of offshore wind turbines off the coast of New York and New Jersey won’t cause significant impacts to the local environment, clearing the way for highly anticipated lease sales."

Source: E&E News, 12/17/2021


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