Environmental Justice

Court Lets Exide Abandon CA Toxic Site. Taxpayers Will Fund Cleanup

"A bankruptcy court ruled Friday that Exide Technologies may abandon its shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup of lead and other toxic pollutants at the site and in surrounding neighborhoods to California taxpayers."

Source: LA Times, 10/19/2020

Trump Reverses Decision to Reject California Request for Wildfire Relief

"President Trump reversed himself on Friday, approving a package of wildfire disaster relief for California hours after officials from his administration had explained why the state should not receive the aid."

Source: NYTimes, 10/19/2020

"Shuffle of EPA's Science Advisers Elevates Those With Industry Tries"

"A shuffle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent board of science advisers will add a longtime consultant who has worked for the tobacco and chemicals industries while promoting a member listed as someone “not to pick” by the Union of Concerned Scientists to be the panel's chair."

Source: The Hill, 10/16/2020

Unsealed Docs Show Union Carbide Leaked Toxics Into Creek For Years

"Newly unsealed court documents provide additional evidence that chemical giant Union Carbide Corp. failed to report the presence of a toxic dumping site in South Charleston that has been leaking hazardous substances into nearby Davis Creek."

Source: WV Public Broadcasting, 10/16/2020

Maui Has Begun Managed Retreat. It Wants Big Oil to Pay the Cost.

"With nearly 300 miles of coastline, the Hawaiian islands that make up Maui County face the threat of sea level rise from all sides. It's that assault that has formed the foundation of a lawsuit Maui filed this week against 20 fossil fuel companies seeking compensation for the rising costs of climate change."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/15/2020

"Barrett's Climate Answers Raise Question: Is She A Denier?"

"Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett called climate change 'a contentious matter' and declined to acknowledge the existence of the scientifically established phenomenon during the third day of her confirmation hearing."

Source: E&E News, 10/15/2020

"Mining Covers More Than 20% Of Indigenous Territory In The Amazon"

"Mining, both legal and illegal, impinges on more than one-fifth of Indigenous territory in the Amazon, according to a new study from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG)."

Source: Mongabay, 10/13/2020

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