Chemicals

Judge: Oil Spill Responses Should Consider Harm Caused By Dispersants

"A federal judge has ordered President Donald Trump's administration to update its oil spill response plans and potentially limit the use of the chemical dispersants that were heavily used during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/04/2020

"Floyd Protests: Could Tear Gas Blasts Lead To More Cases of COVID-19?"

"From Washington to Los Angeles, the scene has become eerily mundane in the last week: The soft thud of a tear gas canister landing on pavement, followed by a billow of white smoke enveloping a throng of fleeing demonstrators."

Source: Greenwire, 06/04/2020

Using Data Sources To Track Climate-Driven Mayhem at Superfund Sites

Hazardous waste and floodwaters don’t typically mix well together. So when a Michigan dam recently burst, and flooded not just the local community, but also threatened a nearby Superfund site, it prompted Reporter’s Toolbox to look at how environmental journalists could track similar threats in their areas, especially as climate change raises the risks of similar disasters.

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"Drugs Standards Group Nixes Plan To Kick Pharma's Crab Blood Habit"

"Horseshoe crabs’ icy-blue blood will remain the drug industry’s standard for safety tests after a powerful U.S. group ditched a plan to give equal status to a synthetic substitute pushed by Swiss biotech Lonza and animal welfare groups."

Source: Reuters, 06/01/2020

"Coal Company Sues EPA Over Power Plant Pollution Regulation"

"A coal company has challenged an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) power plant pollution regulation in court after the agency recently finalized changes that weaken the standards' legal underpinnings."

Source: The Hill, 05/26/2020

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