"The EPA is reversing a 24-year-old air policy that would allow power plants, refineries and other industrial sources to avoid stringent controls for toxic air pollution, it announced June 25."
"The E.P.A. found that a small town in Louisiana was overloaded with carcinogens. Why didn’t that mean the government had to act?"
The nation’s parks are generally thought to be pristine natural havens. But a recent study finds the overwhelming majority suffer from air pollution problems like smog and ozone. That makes for important local and regional news stories, per the latest biweekly TipSheet. Get background, story ideas, resources and more.
While environmental journalists often focus on regulatory wrestling matches in Washington, D.C., a seasoned New York Times investigative reporter argues the most important stories are those in the real communities where bureaucratic impacts are felt. Three-time Pulitzer winner Eric Lipton makes the case for public service in journalism that tells the environment story from the outside in.
"As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as “a health emergency.”"
"An explosion and fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has people concerned about hydrogen fluoride."
"Andrew Wheeler, administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently announced tighter standards for lead on window sills and the dust on your home floor."
"EPA plans to move staff from a Houston regional laboratory to another facility 400 miles away."
"An explosion ripped through a refinery in South Philadelphia early Friday, lighting up the night sky and triggering a massive fire. No injuries were reported and it appears firefighters have contained the blaze."
"In 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River burned for the last time. It was a short blaze, under control within 30 minutes and fully extinguished within two hours."