Chemicals

Environmental Justice: "St. James Parish Takes on Big Plastic"

"Beneath a searing Louisiana sun, a crowd gathers on a former sugar cane plantation to commemorate Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Rows of unmarked graves stand nearby—believed to be the resting place of those who’d been enslaved on the plantation. A few people, clad in face masks, hold up a banner: Honoring Our Ancestors. Another sign, staked into the grass, is aimed not at the past, but at the future: FORMOSA: YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE."

Source: Hakai, 06/29/2020

How A Box Full Of Plastic Got Two La. Women Arrested For "Terrorizing"

"Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, environmental activists with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, turned themselves into the Baton Rouge Police Department Thursday to be booked on counts stemming from a plastic pollution awareness event that took place more than seven months ago."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/26/2020

"US Moves To Exempt Companies From Reporting Harmful Chemical Releases"

"Federal regulators are crafting an exemption for polluters releasing harmful perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) into the environment in a way that environmental advocates say circumvents a new law meant to address widespread contamination."

Source: Guardian, 06/25/2020

Bayer Pays $12 Billion to Settle Some Roundup Liabilities

"Bayer AG agreed to spend more than $12 billion to resolve thousands of U.S. lawsuits and deal with future claims, taking its biggest step so far in resolving headaches the German chemical giant inherited in its acquisition of Monsanto Co."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/25/2020

"‘Cancer Alley’ Among Worst Areas for Chemical Risks, Groups Say"

"Poor Texas and Louisiana communities, many of them Black, have higher-than-average exposures to 15 of 20 chemicals that the EPA is analyzing, groups in the two states told the agency."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/23/2020

"E.P.A. Won’t Regulate Toxic Compound Linked to Fetal Brain Damage"

"The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a decision not to impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound found in rocket fuel that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage."

Source: NYTimes, 06/19/2020

Group Targeting Environmental Racism Relaunches Amid Virus Disparities

"The National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN), which aims to fight environmental inequality and racism, is relaunching amid the disproportionate impact that the coronavirus has had on African Americans."

Source: The Hill, 06/16/2020

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