Environmental Health

Auditor Slams CA For Exide Cleanup Delays, Sees Costs Near $650 Million

"The cleanup of thousands of lead-contaminated homes, child-care centers, schools and parks surrounding the closed Exide battery recycling facility in Vernon is running behind schedule and over budget due to poor management by California regulators and has left children at continued risk of poisoning, according to a state audit released Tuesday."

Source: LA Times, 10/28/2020

"EPA: Top Agency Player Entertained Industry Job Options"

"Ryan Jackson was a hot commodity throughout scandal and its aftermath at the Trump administration's EPA. The former chief of staff entertained job discussions outside EPA several times while he was the top aide to Administrator Andrew Wheeler and his predecessor, Scott Pruitt."

Source: E&E News, 10/27/2020

Revealed: The Full Extent Of Trump's Assault On US Wilderness

"Under Donald Trump, the government has auctioned off millions of acres of public lands to the fossil fuel industry, the Guardian can reveal, in the most comprehensive accounting to date of how much public land the administration has handed over to oil and gas drillers over the past four years."

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

Amy Coney Barrett's Addition To High Court May Undermine Climate Fight

"Barrett and five other conservative justices will wield considerable influence on climate change policy"

"The supreme court is shifting right, at a pivotal moment when it could have the last word on how much the US contributes to battling the climate crisis.

Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the court could leave an indelible mark on how fiercely the US, and perhaps the rest of the world, can fight rising temperatures, even as scientists warn society has just years to take serious action.

Source: Guardian, 10/27/2020

"Minority Communities Question Election-Year Push by EPA"

"Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes."

Source: AP, 10/27/2020

"With Justice Barrett, a Tectonic Court Shift on the Environment"

"The accession of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court will cement a conservative majority that is likely to give polluting industries freer rein, limit the ability of citizens to sue, and call into question the very basis of the EPA to issue and enforce regulations."

Source: YaleE360, 10/26/2020

SEJ Grant Program Gives Boost to Environmental Coverage

With this issue, SEJournal launches its newest column — FEJ StoryLog. The bimonthly feature will bring you the lessons of journalists who have been able to pursue their public service reporting work through the largesse of the Fund for Environmental Journalism. Column editor Carolyn Whetzel tells the story of the grant program and its successes. And watch in coming weeks for our first grantee StoryLog, from reporter Christine Woodside.

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