Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

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.

Pa. Gov. Corbett Defunds Drilling-Related Science, Claims Science Base

"Mem­bers of Penn­syl­va­nia Gov. Tom Corbett’s admin­is­tra­tion rou­tinely insist their Mar­cel­lus Shale drilling pol­icy is based on science. But doc­u­ments obtained by StateIm­pact Penn­syl­va­nia, as well as inter­views with more than a dozen peo­ple who work both inside and out of state gov­ern­ment, high­light top-level deci­sions to dimin­ish or defund drilling-related sci­en­tific research in the com­mon­wealth."

Source: NPR, 01/19/2012

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