Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

"Federal Agency Investigating Sand-Blasting Hazards"

"For years, the wastes from burning coal and producing copper have enjoyed a second life, used in sand-blasting to remove paint, rust and grime from ship's hulls, storage tanks, bridge trusses and other surfaces. Painting contractors, shipyard workers and thousands of others in Baltimore and across the country are said to use the black, gritty material called slag. Now, though, questions have been raised about whether those who do blasting with ground-up coal or copper slag may be unwittingly exposing themselves to toxic contaminants that could damage their health."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 02/27/2012

"Proposed Settlement Reached in Monsanto Dioxin Case"

"WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A proposed settlement has been reached in a huge class-action lawsuit where Nitro residents say the chemical giant Monsanto unsafely burned dioxin wastes and spread contaminated soot and dust across Nitro, polluting homes with unsafe levels of the chemical."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 02/24/2012
March 13, 2012 to March 15, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Regulatory Information Conference

The NRC's annual conference in Rockville, MD, taking place a week after the one-year anniversary of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi disaster, presents an excellent opportunity for story angles and leads. The NRC strongly encourages interested members of the media, particularly video crews, to register online by Feb. 28. Onsite registration will also be available during the RIC but could have a wait time.

February 23, 2012

Environmental Justice: Hearing Communities Through the Economic Din

Sponsored by the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, this roundtable discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, will touch on the impacts of the economic downturn on low-income and minority communities in the United States and in developing nations; steps the U.S. federal government is taking to advance environmental justice domestically; and important private sector initiatives.

Maryland: "Lawmakers Debate Ban on Arsenic in Chicken Feed"

"Chicken farmers nationwide have stopped feeding their flocks a drug containing arsenic since a 2011 government study suggested the cancer-causing metal may be tainting poultry, but Maryland lawmakers are still struggling with whether to ban the once-widespread practice."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 02/09/2012

"Judge Chambers Blocks Health Studies From Mine Permit Case"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal judge has sided with Alpha Natural Resources in the company's effort to keep testimony about West Virginia University studies linking mountaintop removal to birth defects and cancer among coalfield residents out of a legal challenge to one of Alpha's new mining permits."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/26/2012

Obama Vows Disclosure of Toxic Fracking Secrets on Federal Land

Most current fracking operations happen on non-federal lands. But on federal lands, things are different — Obama intends to require disclosure of fluids as a condition of new leases for fracking on federal lands. If it takes place, this could push the ingredient lists further into the open.


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