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Drinking Water Crisis Reveals Knowledge Gaps

You read about the 300,000 West Virginians who don't know if they are drinking safe water — and ask "Could it happen here?" The answer is "You betcha!" Environmental journalists have many tools for discovering drinking-water disasters-waiting-to-happen in their own bailiwicks.

SEJ, SPJ Urge EPA, CDC to End Press Office Obstacles in Public Health Crises

Reporters scrambling to inform the 300,000 citizens of Charleston, West Virginia, about why they could not drink their tap water, what health threats it presented, and who was responsible faced a stone wall from most of the responsible government agencies in the early days of the crisis.

Thousands of Leaks Found in DC's Aging System of Natural Gas Pipes

"Researchers who conducted a street-by-street survey of the District [of Columbia] found nearly 6,000 natural gas leaks from the city’s aging pipe system, including 12 in manholes where methane had collected to potentially explosive levels, according to a study published Thursday."

Source: Wash Post, 01/16/2014

"Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a toxic chemical leaked into the water supply last week to drink bottled water, even in places where the no-use ban has been lifted. The move comes 'out of an abundance of caution,' the CDC and the state's Bureau of Public Health say."

Source: NPR, 01/16/2014

Charleston, W.Va.: "Minimum 'Several Days' Till Safe Water"

"Four days after a coal-processing chemical leaked into the Elk River, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration and West Virginia American Water Company were once again unable to give a firm timeline for when water service would be restored to 300,000 residents in the Kanawha Valley."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 01/13/2014
January 24, 2014

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy

SEJ and Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program present the 2nd Annual "Year Ahead in Environment and Energy" event, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Washington, DC (and live webcast). Bloomberg BNA's Larry Pearl (pictured) will begin with an overview of the key legislative, regulatory, and legal developments expected in 2014, followed by a roundtable with six top journalists covering local, national, and international environmental issues.

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