Pollution

"DEP Revokes Water Lab’s Certification After Guilty Plea"

"West Virginia regulators have revoked the state certification for a Raleigh County laboratory, following the guilty plea of a lab supervisor who admitted he and other employees falsified coal industry samples so mining operations would appear to be in compliance with water pollution standards."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 10/23/2014

Enviros Ask EPA To Study Drinking Water Pollution From Kewaunee Dairies

"Citing a rash of contaminated wells in Kewaunee County, a coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use its emergency authority to investigate pollution of groundwater from dairy manure."

Source: Wisconsin Watch, 10/23/2014

WV Chemical Maker Wary After ‘Near-Catastrophic’ Fracking Incident

"As the Tomblin administration considers a plan to allow natural gas drilling under the Ohio River, a major chemical maker in Marshall County has been fighting a proposal for hydraulic fracturing near its plant, citing a 'near-catastrophic' gas-well incident last year that might be linked to geologic conditions beneath the river."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 10/23/2014

Why Doesn't Congress Want You To Read These Reports?

For decades, Congress has refused to release taxpayer-funded reports by the Congressional Research Service. Fortunately, the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project gets them and releases them. Here are some new explainers that may be of use to environmental journalists.

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