Security: Is Exposing Refinery Pollution "Suspicious Activity"?

"As part of his work as a community organizer for environmental causes, Juan Parras takes photos of refineries and petrochemical plants near the Houston Ship Channel. Sometimes, he says he’s made to feel like a criminal for doing it."

Dave Fehling reports for State Impact Texas/NPR September 24, 2012.

Source: State Impact Texas, 09/25/2012

PBB: Michigan Chemical Plant Dumped Poisons, Impacting Town for Years

"ST. LOUIS, Mich. -- The sun sets through the clouds on a late summer afternoon, and a wind brushes through wildflowers on a 52-acre site wrapped by the Pine River, softening the sounds of children in a playground nearby. But the dead robins that drop in Teri Kniffen's yard around the corner and the signs scattered in town bear the evidence of unseen hazards, an alphabet soup of toxicity."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 09/25/2012

"300 Public Interest Groups Enter Coal Ash Control Battle"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- More than 300 public interest groups representing millions of people from all 50 states sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Friday opposing S.3512, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2012. This bill would remove responsibility for coal ash management from the federal government and hand it to the states."

Source: ENS, 09/18/2012

SEJ Member Spotlight: Edward Humes

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Edward Humes started his writing career in newspaper reporting, then moved to nonfiction books. Humes is currently updating his latest book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash, researching his next environmentally themed book, and finishing a magazine article on the 80+ communities in California that are considering or have adopted bans on plastic grocery bags.



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