Water & Oceans

FOIA Suit, Silence on Hog Farms & Sea-Level Rise, Plus Shield Laws

A push for disclosure on hazardous air emissions from industrial hog farms, and reporting on how the coastal real estate industry works to block bad news about sea-level rise. That, plus the Bay Journal FOIAs the EPA over grant defunding, and a move in Congress towards a federal shield law, all in the latest WatchDog.

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"Emanuel Blasts EPA, U.S. Steel on Pollution; Plans To To Sue Company"

"After announcing on Sunday the city’s intent to sue U.S. Steel for polluting Lake Michigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the company and federal environmental regulators who’ve been “asleep at the switch” under the Trump administration."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 11/20/2017
December 1, 2017

Deadline: IJNR's Lower Colorado River Institute

Journalists, come find out about resource allocation, agriculture, environmental justice, development, climate, border politics and more during this Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources trip, February 17-24, 2018, to Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico. Apply by Dec 1.

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"Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy"

"Think renewable energy and the wind and sun come to mind. But some day it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list. The fledgling wave energy industry is now getting a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy is spending up to $40 million to build a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast."

Source: NPR, 11/16/2017

"Documents Show Undisclosed EPA Health Concerns On Fracking Chemicals"

"A new set of documents, obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency by the Partnership for Policy Integrity and shared with Marketplace, shows that the agency has previously undisclosed health concerns that some fracking chemicals might cause things like liver poisoning and tumors."

Source: Marketplace, 11/16/2017

"House Passes Flood Insurance Renewal In Wake Of Massive Storms"

"House Republicans overcame bipartisan opposition Tuesday to pass a bill that would reauthorize and overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, which has strained to pay out billions of dollars to policyholders after this year's run of devastating hurricanes."

Source: Politico, 11/15/2017

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