Environmental Politics

"Police Burn Miners’ Boats In Brazil’s Amazon, Upping Tension"

"BORBA, Brazil — Brazilian police said Monday they burned 131 boats used by gold miners in the heart of the Amazon, raising tensions in an isolated region rife with poverty and crime.

Smoke has been wafting over the Madeira river since Saturday, with many locals complaining the swift action by authorities has left them stranded in the rainforest.

Source: AP, 12/01/2021

"Biden Seeks Willing Hosts For Nuclear Waste Storage Sites"

"The Biden administration on Tuesday said it was seeking local communities willing to host nuclear waste storage sites, arguing they are needed to deal with the nation’s existing waste and encourage growth in virtually emissions-free nuclear power to fight climate change."

Source: Reuters, 12/01/2021

"Inside The Push To Revive Industry Superfund Fees"

"Key players in the long-dormant effort to make companies pay for toxic site cleanups notched a big win in the recently enacted infrastructure bill. Now, they’re hoping for a similar payoff in the massive reconciliation package."

Source: E&E News, 12/01/2021

Calif.’s Failed First Plan To Stop Offshore Drilling Casts Shadow Today

"Offshore oil derricks dotting the California coastline continue pumping despite a history of catastrophic spills and vows from generations of politicians to send them to the scrapheap. They’ve even survived a modest attempt by state officials more than a decade ago to offer incentives to oil companies that chose to abandon their costly operations."

Source: LA Times, 11/30/2021

"EPA Wins Appeal Over Release of Pesticide Policymaking Records"

"The EPA can shield some records regarding a former official’s role in pesticide policymaking from a conservation group, a divided Second Circuit ruled Monday. Messages between staff about how the agency should communicate its policies are protected by the deliberative process privilege, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 11/30/2021

"EPA’s Regan Vows To Help Hard-Hit Areas, But Residents Have Doubts"

"ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. — As white smoke wafted from a massive oil and gas refinery that sits near his backyard, Michael Coleman reminisced about the sweet days of his childhood, before sugar cane fields that stretched for miles were sold and replaced by chemical companies that wiped out the “nice little community we had here.”

Source: Washington Post, 11/29/2021

Regulator Gives TVA Approval To Bury Coal Ash In Southeast Memphis

"The Tennessee Valley Authority received the final regulatory approval it needs to remove tons of coal ash from ponds in Southwest Memphis and transport them along Shelby Drive to a landfill in Southeast Memphis."

Source: AP, 11/29/2021

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