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The Spread of Harmful Algal Blooms Makes News in Multitude of Locales

As algal blooms (think “red tides” or “dead zones”) grow larger and more frequent, they are emerging not just on the coasts and major estuaries, but in inland lakes and streams. And they cause all kinds of harm, to humans and to the environment. The latest TipSheet has details on how to cover the problem locally, including story ideas and reporting resources.

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Texans Must Fight "State-Regulated" Oilfield Waste Dumps By Themselves

"Some Texans who challenge oil and gas waste sites must spend significant sums and time on investigating what they say the Texas Railroad Commission should examine. Will new regulations for handling waste increase oversight or just maintain the status quo?"

Source: Public Health Watch, 08/16/2023

"Uranium Hunters in US West Face Partial Ban, Pollution Fears"

"Five weeks before President Joe Biden announced a historic new ban on new uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, Sarana Riggs approached the barbed-wire fence surrounding an inactive mine in an Arizona national forest, a Geiger counter in her hand."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/15/2023

"Biden Protects Land by Grand Canyon but Will Still Allow Mining"

"President Joe Biden on Tuesday [announced] plans to block expanded uranium mining around the Grand Canyon by declaring the area a new national monument."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/09/2023

"Biden To Protect Vast Sacred Lands Near Grand Canyon"

"U.S. President Joe Biden will curb land development on a stretch of nearly 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) near Arizona's iconic Grand Canyon, a move intended to cement his environmental credentials in the electoral battleground state."

Source: Reuters, 08/08/2023

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