Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

Court Tosses Pa. Ban on Zoning Limits To Shale Drilling

"HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania appellate court panel yesterday struck down provisions in a new law regulating the state's booming natural gas industry that opponents said would leave municipalities defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded by drilling sites or waste pits."

Source: AP, 07/27/2012

EPA Withdraws CAFO Database Rule

EPA says it could instead compile a database partly from information collected by some states. But that information is often spotty and inconsistent — which will make it hard for EPA to compile it and even harder to make useful conclusions from it. And the withdrawal may make it harder to get the information disclosed.

Baltimore: "Decaying Water System Needs Makeover"

"Back in the late 1700s, when Baltimoreans got their water from nearby streams, springs and wells, every household was ordered to keep two leather buckets filled to fight fires. That precaution might come in handy again, as the water main break Monday near the Inner Harbor delivered a disruptive reminder to downtown businesses and commuters of just how decrepit the regional system supplying the vital liquid has become."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 07/23/2012
July 17, 2012 to July 20, 2012

First Stewards Symposium

A first-of-its-kind national event, taking place in Washington, DC, will examine the impact of climate change on indigenous coastal cultures. The symposium is a partnership between the tribal and Pacific Island indigenous communities with scientists and governmental and non-governmental organizations including the National Congress of American Indians, NOAA, and many more.

Enviros Challenge Transparency of Virginia Uranium Mining Deliberations

A company wants to mine Virginia's major uranium deposit so the state formed a multi-agency panel to study ending the three-decade ban on uranium mining. That panel hired a consulting firm that critics say was stacked with experts affiliated with the nuclear industry.

"Before Slurry Deal, Records Outlined Massey Pollution"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the weeks before last year's settlement of a major water pollution case, lawyers for Mingo County residents were saying they'd unearthed records indicating Massey Energy tried to cover up the extent of its underground pumping of coal-slurry waste."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 06/11/2012

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