Chemicals

Consumption Advisories Offer Fistful of Fish Tales

With fishing season underway in the United States and Canada, fish consumption advisories are also on the hook. That means potential stories for environmental journalists. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox points you to state-by-state data sources and walks you through how to best explain them to your audience. Plus, a bonus story tip.

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"States Overuse ‘Emergency’ Pesticide Exemptions, Watchdogs Say"

"Three states that ask the EPA every year for permission to use a pesticide proven to harm bees are using emergency exemptions as a backdoor way to evade pesticide rules, an environmental group argues."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/15/2020

"EPA Faces Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Update Flaring Requirements"

"A coalition of environmental groups is taking legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s alleged failure to update requirements for an industrial process for burning pollutants."

Source: The Hill, 06/12/2020

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

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