Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

Uranium Being Mined Near Grand Canyon As Prices Soar, US Pushes Nuclear Power

"The largest uranium producer in the United States is ramping up work just south of Grand Canyon National Park on a long-contested project that largely has sat dormant since the 1980s."

Source: AP, 04/01/2024

"5th Circuit Denies Biden Request To Review Nuclear Waste Ruling"

"An appeals court with a famously conservative bent narrowly rejected the Biden administration’s request to reconsider its August ruling that stripped the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of authority to license private nuclear waste storage facilities not located at a reactor site."

Source: E&E News, 03/19/2024

Wildfire Preparedness Is a Story Worth Telling — Before ‘Fire Season’

Wildfires in the Texas Panhandle are a good reminder that wildfire season now stretches across much of the year, so environmental journalists would do well to look for ways to localize their reporting on wildfire preparedness. The latest TipSheet offers 10 story ideas and half a dozen reporting resources to tell the story of your community’s wildfire risk.

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Toxic Air Lingers In Texas Latino Community, As Air Monitoring Fails

"Public data from a network of state air monitors around the Houston Ship Channel is hard to interpret and is often inadequate, leaving Latino-majority neighborhoods like Cloverleaf unaware of whether the air they breathe is safe."

Source: EHN, 03/15/2024

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism Awards $47,605 to Support Stories on the U.S. Clean Energy Transition

The Fund for Environmental Journalism has awarded $47,605 for 11 projects selected through the 2023-24 round of competition for stories on the U.S. Clean Energy Transition. 100% of the story projects focus on under-represented communities or share diverse perspectives on environmental issues.

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Industry Poisoned A Black Neighborhood In Houston. Is Buyout The Solution?

"Leisa Glenn spent decades living in the Fifth Ward, a historically Black neighborhood in Houston, known for having one of the city’s best views of downtown. Every July 4th, Glenn, 65, and her neighbors would stream out of their houses into the summer heat and crowd onto front porches to watch the fireworks display."

Source: Grist, 03/07/2024

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