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Pruitt Hints He Will Keep Scientists With EPA Grants From Advising Agency

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted Tuesday at plans to rid the agency’s scientific advisory boards of researchers who get EPA grants, arguing that the current structure raises questions about their independence."

Source: Washington Post, 10/18/2017

Trump’s Mine-Safety Nominee Ran Coal Firm Cited for Safety Violations

"Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions."

"The coal mining company run by President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s top mining regulator has already come under criticism for weaknesses in its safety record. It turns out the company was also found by the government to have illegally retaliated against a foreman who complained about sexual and ethnic harassment from supervisors, unsafe conditions and drug use at one of its mines.

Source: ProPublica, 10/18/2017

SEJ Objects Over EPA Response to AP Story; plus, Suits & Rulings Involving Interior, EPA, NOAA

The SEJ has written the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to object to its criticism of an Associated Press story about Superfund sites following Hurricane Harvey floods. That, plus a judge rules against EPA for withholding records on the pesticide Enlist Duo, and more, in this month's WatchDog.

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Wildland-Urban Interface — How Disastrous Wildfires Get into Your Neighborhood

As this month's fatal California fires demonstrated, the risk of wildfire at the wildland-urban interface rises as development moves into fire-prone zones. The latest TipSheet explains this complex phenomenon, and provides story ideas and a wide range of resources to help you get ahead of the problem.

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Florida’s Migrant Farm Workers Struggle After Irma Damaged Homes, Crops

"'If you listen to the news coverage about Irma, you'll hear about damage to the farms. You don't ever hear about impact to farm workers,' said Jeannie Economos, the pesticide safety and environmental health project coordinator with the Farmworker Association of Florida."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/17/2017

"Raw Sewage Contaminating Waters In Puerto Rico After Maria"

"Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells."

Source: AP, 10/17/2017

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