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"First 11 Dimock Homes Sampled By EPA Show No Health Concerns"

"The first 11 Dimock Township [Pa.] water supplies tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not reveal levels of contamination that could present a health concern, but the samples indicated the presence of arsenic and other compounds that will require further tests at some homes, the agency said Thursday."

Laura Legere reports for the Wilkes Barre Citizens Voice March 16, 2012.

Source: Wilkes Barre Citizens Voice, 03/16/2012
April 16, 2012

The Questions that Should be Asked: Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources in the Presidential Race

The Society of Environmental Journalists and the Environmental Law Institute will co-host a panel  — open to the public and press — at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., moderated by the AP's Dina Cappiello. Experts with broad policy experience will discuss their answers to two key questions: "What should the presidential candidates discuss concerning the important issues of environment, energy, and natural resources facing the people of the United States?" and "What questions should be asked of candidates in the presidential debates that will help us learn how they will confront these issues?"

Va. Supreme Court Denies Cuccinelli Access to Climate Scientist Emails

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R, pictured at left), who avows himself a global warming skeptic, had sought from the University of Virginia grant applications by former U.Va. climate scientist Michael Mann, creator of the "hockey stick" graph, and emails between Mann and other scientists.

Panel Faults Ft. Detrick Groundwater Study That Found Harm Unlikely

"HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- A 2009 federal study that concluded groundwater contamination from Fort Detrick was unlikely to have harmful health effects was flawed, a national scientific panel said Monday, prompting two U.S. senators to demand a faster cleanup of the Superfund site in Frederick [MD]."

Source: AP, 03/06/2012

"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.

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