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Environmental Impact Statements a Key Tool for Reporters, But for How Long?

For decades, federal law has required environmental impact statements for big federal actions, like the building of dams, highways and more. Those impact statements, a valued reporting tool, may now be under threat. This week’s TipSheet explains how journalists can find them and use them, and why they could be at risk.

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"Chemours' GenX Pollution Worries Spread To West Virginia"

"A Teflon chemical that last year contaminated a North Carolina river that provides drinking water to a region of more than 200,000 people also has been detected at a well under a Chemours facility in West Virginia, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: Wilmington News Journal, 02/12/2018

"First-Class Travel Distinguishes Scott Pruitt’s EPA Tenure"

"Just days after helping orchestrate the United States’ exit from a global climate accord last June, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt embarked on a whirlwind tour aimed at championing President Trump’s agenda at home and abroad. On Monday, June 5, accompanied by his personal security detail, Pruitt settled into his $1,641.43 first-class seat for a short flight from the District to New York City."

Source: Washington Post, 02/12/2018

Is Pruitt Bluffing? Or Will He Gut Tough Calif. Emissions Standards?

"California officials and clean air advocates are increasingly concerned the Trump administration may attempt to unravel a key program to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from automobile fleets while also jeopardizing the ability of California and other states to set pollution standards stronger than federal rules."

Source: McClatchy, 02/12/2018

"Blackout Hits Northern Puerto Rico Following Fire, Explosion"

"An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history."

Source: Washington Post, 02/12/2018

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