Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

Response to Blowout Took 13 Hours Despite PA Plan for Quick Action

"When Chesapeake Energy lost control of a Marcellus Shale gas well in Pennsylvania on April 19, an emergency response team from Texas was called in to stop the leak. By the time the team arrived more than 13 hours later, brine water and hydraulic fracturing fluids from the well had spewed across nearby fields and into a creek."

Source: ProPublica, 04/27/2011

"AP: Pennsylvania Accused of Rubber-Stamping Gas Permits"

"Pennsylvania environmental regulators say they spend as little as 35 minutes reviewing each of the thousands of applications for natural gas well permits they get each year from drillers intent on tapping the state's lucrative and vast Marcellus Shale reserves."

Source: AP, 04/14/2011

"This Land: As the Mountaintops Fall, a Coal Town Vanishes"

"To reach a lost American place, here just a moment ago, follow a thin country road as it unspools across an Appalachian valley’s grimy floor, past a coal operation or two, a church or two, a village called Twilight. Beware of the truck traffic. Watch out for that car-chasing dog."

Source: NY Times, 04/13/2011
April 12, 2011 to April 14, 2011

Johns Hopkins Workshop to Examine Climate Change and Public Health

Johns Hopkins University researchers are gathering in Baltimore for the first workshop of an ambitious program to study and address the impacts of climate change on human activity.

Baltimore: "Mayor: 'Not Possible' To Pay Lead-Poison Judgments"

"Echoing her housing commissioner, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that Baltimore's public housing authority has decided 'it is not possible' to pay lead-poisoning judgments that could one day exceed $800 million because the money is needed to improve living conditions for thousands of poor families."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 04/05/2011

GAO To Rebuke CDC for Playing Down Health Risk From Lead In DC Water

"The Government Accountability Office is preparing to issue a report that rebukes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for saying in 2004 that elevated levels of lead in the District’s tap water did not pose a public health threat and for failing to quickly clarify its findings as complaints mounted."

Source: Wash Post, 04/04/2011
March 21, 2011

Webcast: Briefing on NRC Response to Recent Nuclear Events in Japan

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be briefed by its staff on the NRC’s response to the ongoing nuclear event in Japan in a public meeting on March 21, 9-11 a.m. at NRC HQ in Rockville, Md. The event will be webcast.

"Maryland Lab Destroys Documentation On Lead Poisoning Of Children"

"Maryland's health secretary said Friday that his department's laboratory has destroyed test results dating to the 1980s documenting lead poisoning of Maryland children - potentially thousands of records that plaintiffs' lawyers say are crucial to pursuing lawsuits seeking damages on behalf of poisoned children and their families."

Source: Wash Post, 03/15/2011

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