Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

August 31, 2009

DEADLINE: SEJ Post-Conference Tour / IJNR Lake Country Institute

SEJ Members: Apply by August 31st for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for SEJ's Oct 11-14, 2009, post-conference tour: IJNR's Lake Country Institute!

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"Minnesota Court of Appeals Sends PolyMet Permit Back to MPCA"

"The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review on Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project."

Source: AP, 03/24/2020
June 4, 2020 to June 6, 2020

IJNR Workshop: Great Lakes Water Levels

This Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources workshop will introduce journalists to the new reality — and uncertainty — of Great Lakes water levels. Participants will see firsthand the impacts of high-water levels at places like the Port of Milwaukee and the coastal tourism haven of West Michigan. Opens May 4 to first 20 registrants; $25 registration fee includes lodging, meals and local transportation.

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SEJournal Relaunches WatchDog with a ‘Voice,’ Plus Coronavirus and More

SEJournal welcomes back from hiatus our WatchDog feature, now recast as an opinion column from Joseph A. Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists’ veteran freedom of information advocate and longtime SEJournal contributor. In part one of a two-parter, find out why we’re relaunching the new column, plus get Davis’ take on government openness (or lack thereof) around coronavirus, as well as more on SEJ’s deep commitment to open information and a rundown of its recent FOI activities. And watch for part two next week.

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GOPers Push Through Indiana Coal Bill, Send It To Governor's Desk

"Indiana’s coal bill is heading to the governor’s desk as legislation that would extend the life of the state’s coal-fired power plants for a year — following a seesaw battle between lawmakers over its major tenets."

Source: Indianapolis Star, 03/11/2020

"Lake Erie Bill Of Rights Ruled Invalid By Judge Zouhary"

"The Lake Erie Bill of Rights was invalidated Thursday night by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary, who said in an eight-page ruling that his decision was “not a close call” because he believes the citizen-led referendum — though approved by a majority of Toledo voters in a special election last year — “is unconstitutionally vague and exceeds the power of municipal government in Ohio.”

Source: Toledo Blade, 03/02/2020

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