WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans (Channel 6), found that BP's highly publicized statement that it is not barring news media from witnessing the cleanup, or its failure, is in fact not true. See video of this and other examples, and get contact info for the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center if you've been denied access.
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The National Trails system, already stretching more than 12,500 miles, expands with the addition of 31 more trails totalling 716 miles.Region:
The changes affect only new drilling areas and may include greater consideration of environmental impacts, more public review, fewer "categorical exclusions" from environmental review, and more.Region:
US EPA withheld information, and twice during the five-day operation BP cut off the mud pumps for long periods without letting the public know, making statements that left the impression the operation was ongoing.Topics on the Beat:
A new US Geological Survey report indicates about 105 million US residents drink water from contaminated systems, often at pollutant concentrations that potentially pose a human health risk.
About 75,000 acres of wetlands in 22 states and Puerto Rico will split $175 million of Natural Resources Conservation Service's Wetlands Reserve Program funding, but recipient properties or owners will not be identified.
Some counties in your region may no longer be in compliance and will need to take new pollution control measures.
Expenditure data are not yet available for all Senators but you can search for the person you are interested in on the Center for Responsive Politics' campaign data site OpenSecrets.org.Topics on the Beat:
Find out more about potentially toxic chemicals in public commerce in the Envirofacts database, updated by EPA with previously unavailable information it collects under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed FOIA requests for information, alleging that the Justice Department refused to let the incarcerated super-lobbyist do on-camera interviews.Topics on the Beat: