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Protecting a Home Where the Puffer Fish Roam in Biscayne National Park

"BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK, Fla. — For 15 years, officials, environmentalists, fishermen and boaters have struggled to put together a plan to protect one of South Florida’s jewels — a national park, almost entirely underwater, where a part of the largest reef tract in the United States lures throngs of divers and anglers who fish its once-abundant grouper and snapper."

Source: NY Times, 12/22/2014

LA Restoration Should Get Top Priority For BP Spill Fine Money: Enviros

"Rebuilding Louisiana's coast, including the rapidly eroding Mississippi River delta, should be the main use of billions of dollars in expected BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill fine and restoration money, according to two reports released Tuesday by the National Wildlife Federation and a coalition of national and Louisiana environmental groups."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/10/2014

"Groups Allege 28,000 Mining Violations, Lax Enforcement"

"Kentucky environmental advocates accused state regulators today of lax enforcement of water quality rules while putting a mining company on notice that they intend to sue over claims of thousands of false pollution reports during the last year."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journall, 11/18/2014

Environmentalists Threaten To Sue Over Coal Ash at TVA Gallatin Plant

"Conservation groups have filed initial paperwork to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority, contending that harmful pollutants have been seeping from 55-year-old coal ash storage ponds at the Gallatin power plant and into drinking water."

Source: Nashville Tennessean, 11/11/2014

Exxon Claims 900,000 Pages of Secrets on Arkansas Spill

Yes, the pipeline is publicly regulated. Yes, the March 2013 rupture of Exxon's Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, quite publicly polluted people's yards and homes. Yes, it is publicly known that there were defects and poor maintenance on the pipeline. But 900,000 pages of documents that might show Exxon's neglect are being claimed as "confidential" by the company as it tries to defend against a class-action lawsuit.

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