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April 4, 2012

Instant Expert: Seth Borenstein Goes Deep on Deadline

SEJ member Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press will talk about the art of covering complicated, controversial topics with confidence and authority — even when deadline looms. Sponsored by NY University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. 4:00-6:00 p.m. in New York.

"NY Mohawk: Move Toxic GM Dump From Tribal Lands"

"MASSENA, N.Y. -- Larry Thompson sits high in his tractor cab and drives to a chain-link fence along his family property on the Mohawk Indians' Akwesasne Reservation, where they fished, grew vegetables and played as children. He points to a toxic landfill about 30 feet away, stretching toward the St. Lawrence River."

Source: KTAR, 03/26/2012

130 Protesters Arrested At Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant's Corporate HQ

"BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- A 93-year-old anti-nuclear activist was among more than 130 protesters arrested at the corporate headquarters of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Thursday, the first day of the plant's operation after the expiration of its 40-year license."

Source: AP, 03/23/2012

"What Happened to the Girls in Le Roy"

When some 18 girls in the upstate New York town of Le Roy developed unexplained tics and twitches starting in August 2011, many were quick to suspect that the cause was toxic substances in the environment. There had been a major chemical spill there in 1970. Erin Brockovich, of movie fame, started an investigation (as did EPA). But many of the potential chemical causes were ultimately discounted. Later hypotheses about the cause included sociological, psychological, and infectious factors. Today, many of the victims are doing better.

Source: NY Times Magazine, 03/12/2012

"Niagara Falls Won't Treat Drilling Wastewater"

"NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls has gone on record against treating wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, with elected officials saying they don't want the city that endured the Love Canal toxic waste crisis to be a test case for the technology used in gas drilling operations."

Source: AP, 03/07/2012

"EPA, N.J. Agree: 2,112 Waterways Polluted"

"New Jersey faces serious water quality challenges, including sewage pollution, but upgrading old infrastructure can help address them, according to federal officials. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its approval of New Jersey’s latest list of streams, lakes, rivers, bays and other waters that are considered impaired or threatened by pollutants."

Source: Asbury Park Press, 02/29/2012


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