Pollution

EPA Closes Racial Probes Into Jackson Water, Finds ‘Insufficient Evidence’

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closed its civil rights probes into the water crisis in Jackson, Miss., saying there was “insufficient evidence” to say that the state discriminated against residents on the basis of race."

Source: The Hill, 05/10/2024

Property Risk Disclosure Reveals Reportable Environmental Threats

As the real estate market enters its busiest time of year, it’s also a smart time for environmental journalists to explore and report on all the risks facing prospective property owners — whether lead paint or pipes, radon, flood, wildfire or more. The latest TipSheet explores the beat and offers up more than a dozen story ideas to pursue in your community.

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TVA Ignores Warnings In Moving Forward With New Natural Gas Plant

"The nation’s largest public utility is moving ahead with a plan for a new natural gas plant in Tennessee despite warnings that its environmental review of the project doesn’t comply with federal law."

Source: AP, 05/09/2024

What Trump Promised Oil CEOs As He Asked Them For $1 Billion To His Campaign

"Donald Trump has pledged to scrap President Biden’s policies on electric vehicles and wind energy, as well as other initiatives opposed by the fossil fuel industry."

Source: Washington Post, 05/09/2024

"After 13 Years, No End in Sight for Caribbean Sargassum Invasion"

"The growing invasion of sargassum in the Caribbean has impacted the quality of life of the islands' residents. But local governments have failed to coordinate an international response to problem."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/08/2024

"EPA Finally Takes On Abandoned Coal Ash Ponds — But It Might Be Too Late"

"The new rule builds on a landmark 2015 rule prohibiting coal ash from being permanently stored in places where it comes into contact with groundwater. This was meant to reform the widespread practice of creating so-called coal ash ponds where the toxin is stored in a wet slurry. While at that time the EPA only applied the rule to coal plants in active use, the new rule will require the cleanup of hundreds of “legacy” coal ash ponds."

Source: Grist, 05/07/2024

Oil Companies Contaminated a Family Farm. Regulators Let Them Walk Away.

"The oil and gas industry has reaped profits without ensuring there will be money to plug and clean up their wells. In Oklahoma, that work could cost more than $7 billion if it falls to the state."

Source: ProPublica/Capital & Main, 05/07/2024

"DDT Found In Deep-Sea Fish Raises Troubling Concerns For Food Web"

"For several years now, one question has held the key to understanding just how much we should worry about the hundreds of tons of DDT that had been dumped off the coast of Los Angeles." "Now, in a highly anticipated study, researchers have identified tiny zooplankton and mid-to-deep-water fish as potential links between the contaminated sediment and the greater ecosystem."

Source: LA Times, 05/07/2024

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