Environmental Justice

Mapping Toxic U.S. Hotspots Down to the Neighborhood Level

A new project on toxic risks has yielded a tool making it far easier to use data from the Toxics Release Inventory to report on hotspots. Reporter’s Toolbox offers a guide to ProPublica’s impressive “Sacrifice Zones” special report, which maps cancer-causing industrial air pollution. Plus, join an in-depth virtual tutorial on the ProPublica tool co-sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Biden Plans to Bar New Drilling Around Major Native American Cultural Site

"After years of tribal requests, the president plans to block new oil and gas leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The ban is likely to generate strong pushback from industry."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

"Flooding and Nuclear Waste Eat Away at a Tribe’s Ancestral Home"

"For decades, chronic flooding and nuclear waste have encroached on the ancestral lands in southeastern Minnesota that the Prairie Island Indian Community calls home, whittling them to about a third of their original size."

Source: NYTimes, 11/15/2021

Benton Harbor Residents Sue City, State Over Lead In Water

"A group of Benton Harbor residents filed a federal class action lawsuit Wednesday against city and state officials, saying they didn’t do enough to protect them against lead in some of the city’s drinking water."

Source: St. Joseph Herald-Palladium, 11/12/2021

"Judge OKs $626 Million Settlement In Flint Water Litigation"

"A judge on Wednesday approved a $626 million deal to settle lawsuits filed by Flint residents who found their tap water contaminated by lead following disastrous decisions to switch the city’s water source and a failure to swiftly acknowledge the problem."

Source: AP, 11/11/2021

"DOJ Launches EJ Investigation In Biden Adviser’s Hometown"

"The Justice Department today [Tuesday] announced a landmark investigation into wastewater issues in an Alabama county that is home to prominent environmental justice activist Catherine Flowers.

Flowers, who now serves as a White House environmental justice adviser, detailed the sewage problems that plagued Lowndes County, Ala., in her book "Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret."

Source: E&E News, 11/10/2021


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