January 22, 2009–President Barack Obama signalled that open access to information will be a top priority for his administration, issuing two memos to all executive agencies and one executive order at a January 21, 2009, session open to reporters and cabinet members.
January 21, 2009–In one of many last-minute actions, the Bush administration delayed a decision on a drinking water standard for the contaminant perchlorate (used in rocket fuel, explosives, fireworks, and many other industrial products, and also occurs naturally), but issued a temporary advisory recommendation. This has immediate implications for at least 31 large US utilities, and perhaps hundreds more.
January 21, 2009–The heads of Obama administration Congressional committees and subcommittees will likely be in the spotlight in the coming months. This overview will help you get a feel for who these people are, or who will soon be chosen.
January 15, 2009–Want a chance to make a difference in your community? Think Superfund. Indeed, when the news media pays attention to toxic waste sites, a recent study has found that they are cleaned up quicker and better.
January 15, 2009–Change comes in different flavors. There's change that's to be welcomed, change that's to be anticipated, and change that's feared, albeit rightly or wrongly. Journalists who have the environment as a significant part of their purview have all three on their radar screen.