Laws & Regulations

"Indian Point: State Denies Certificate for Future Hudson River Use"

"The New York Department of State has refused to give Indian Point a certificate required for future use of the Hudson River — part of the Cuomo administration's ongoing attempt to block the plant's license renewal and force its closure."

Source: Journal News, 11/13/2015

What "Highly Message-Controlled" Agencies Mean for Health Reporting

Reporters trying to get information from federal agencies find press offices stonewalling and running out the clock on their interview requests. "The public information model," one agency flak said, "is dead." The result: the public is uninformed, the government is unaccountable, and people's health is endangered.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review, 11/13/2015

"Arizona Copper Smelter to Slash Emissions, Pay $163M"

"Mexican copper miner, smelter, and refiner ASARCO must pay more than $163 million to settle U.S. government charges that the company broken the law by releasing hazardous air pollutants, including lead and arsenic, from its primary copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona."

Source: ENS, 11/12/2015

"Public Housing Nationwide May Be Subject to Smoking Ban"

"Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule to be announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly one million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke."

Source: NY Times, 11/12/2015

"Blowing Smoke" - Report Says Violations Belie Chem Industry Rhetoric

"Large chemical companies and their major trade association and lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council, say they can maintain high safety standards through self-regulation and voluntary actions. Our report finds this isn't the case. Voluntary standards don’t work, and existing regulations are not effectively enforced."


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