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Chesapeake Bay’s Crab Population Hits Four-Year High, Survey Finds

"The [Chesapeake] Bay’s blue crab population increased to its highest level in four years, and the number of spawning-age females — a key ingredient for future abundance — nearly doubled from last year, according to survey results released Tuesday."

Source: Bay Journal, 04/14/2016

"In W. Virginia, Frack Wastewater May Be Messing With Hormones"

"Waste leaching from frack disposal wells are the likely source of a spike in endocrine-disrupting compounds in downstream waterway—a troubling sign given the roughly 36,000 disposal sites across the U.S."

Source: EHN, 04/07/2016

"Blankenship Gets Maximum Sentence: One Year In Prison, $250,000 Fine"

"Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, who rose from humble beginnings in Mingo County to become the wealthy and powerful chief executive of one of the region’s largest coal producers, will serve one year in prison and pay a $250,000 fine for a mine safety criminal conspiracy, a judge decided Wednesday."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 04/07/2016

Maryland Honeybees Massacred; Bills Would Ban Home Use of Neonics

"In the end, Maryland lawmakers couldn’t ignore the same haunting story from beekeepers. “I go into winter with a really strong population, managed them to be fat and healthy, treated for mites, with plenty of food,” said Bonnie Raindrop, a keeper in Baltimore County. “But at the end of winter, you open your hives and they’re all dead.”

Source: Wash Post, 03/25/2016

"Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint"

"When a doctor found that Kenicer Carty's 1-year-old daughter had a dangerously high level of lead last year, it triggered an alarm of sorts. Officials sent an inspector to Carty's 1930 row house in northeast Baltimore. It turned out that every single window had hazardous chipping lead paint."

Source: NPR, 03/22/2016
April 20, 2016 to April 21, 2016

Food Tank Summit

Food Tank, in partnership with American University, will hold the 2nd Annual Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C. It's the first in a series of four two-day Summits in 2016 which will bring together some the world’s most impactful food system leaders. All the panels are moderated by journalists, some of them SEJ members.

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