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750 Million Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Be Released In Fla. Keys

"Local officials in Florida have approved the release of 750 million mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to reduce local populations. The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue or the Zika virus."

Source: BBC News, 08/21/2020

"Arizona Train Derailment And Fire Described As 'A Scene From Hell'"

"One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona, officials said Wednesday. Plumes of black smoke could be seen Wednesday morning rising into the sky beneath a trail of flames on video and images from the site of the derailment, where part of the bridge collapsed."

Source: CNN, 07/30/2020

"3M to Assess Alabama PFAS Risks in ‘Precedent-Setting’ Deal"

"3M Co. will determine the health risks of Alabama’s current and potential future PFAS contamination in a new agreement the company has reached with the state, which could influence the EPA’s regulations for the chemicals."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 07/27/2020

New Ad Targeting Tampa Voters Slams Trump’s Climate Change Record

"An environmental group wants Tampa Bay area voters to remember that President Donald Trump called climate change a “hoax” when they vote this November, and the organization has a new ad to remind people." "The 30-second spot is part of a $1.7 million effort to highlight Trump's environmental record".

Source: Tampa Bay Times, 07/07/2020

Former Public Affairs Officers Push Back on Advanced Industry Reaction, Plus Police Scanner Transparency and Ag-Gag Ruling

When the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release with favorable industry response to changes in a rule protecting migratory birds — before actually proposing the new rule — a group of former agency officials cried foul. Plus, why encrypted police scanners are a problem and an ag-gag ruling, all in the latest WatchDog opinion column. 

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