Economy & Business

Toxics Database a Key Tool for Environmental Journalists

The Toxics Release Inventory has long been a vital reporting tool, and now there's a new edition of the database, issued last month by the outgoing Obama administration. Reporter's Toolbox walks you through how to smartly mine TRI for stories, whether you're a newbie or a veteran. Plus, TRI caveats.

As Confirmation Nears, Judge Orders EPA Nominee To Release Emails

"An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry."

Source: Washington Post, 02/17/2017

"Navajo Nation Abandoned Uranium Mines Cleanup Gets $600 Million"

"After 50 years, mining companies will pay for cleanup at 94 abandoned uranium mines on Navajo Nation. A historic, $600 million settlement agreement reached by the Navajo Nation, the United States and two subsidiaries of the mining company Freeport-McMoRan aims to address a legacy of uranium mining that stretches back to 1944."

Source: Indian Country Today, 02/16/2017

Financial Backers of EPA Pick Pruitt Have Faced 100s of Pollution Actions

"At least 15 companies with financial ties to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, have faced hundreds of EPA enforcement actions, which are the basic tool the agency uses to enforce environmental rules and laws."

Source: The Intercept, 02/15/2017

"Exxon Adviser Resigns Over Oil Giant’s 'Targeted Attacks' On NGOs"

"A research scholar at New York University has resigned from Exxon Mobil Corp.'s External Citizenship Advisory Panel, citing what she calls the oil giant’s 'targeted attacks' on environmental groups under former CEO Rex Tillerson’s watch."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/14/2017

Trump Private Finance Plan for Infrastructure Worries Rural States

"President Trump’s promise to find $1 trillion for infrastructure ran headlong into the senior senator from Wyoming, who said on Wednesday that the White House plan to raise private money for roads and bridges wouldn’t do much to help his rural state."

Source: Washington Post, 02/09/2017

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