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EPA Mapping App Helps Find, Deepen Environmental Justice Stories

As new research reminds us that pollution often disproportionately affects poor and minority communities in the United States, a long-standing mapping tool from the EPA can help reporters explore and discover those environmental justice stories nearest them. The latest TipSheet explains the problem, and walks you through the mapping app.

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"3M, Minnesota Settle Water Pollution Claims For $850 Million"

"Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota’s attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million to the state for groundwater projects, the attorney’s office said on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 02/21/2018

Gov. Rejects Shutdown of Great Lakes Oil Pipeline That's Losing Coating

"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has rejected the recommendation of an independent pipeline safety advisory board to shut down an aging crude oil pipeline that has been losing sections of its protective coating where it crosses beneath the Great Lakes."

Source: InsideClimate News, 02/02/2018

Toxic Coal Ash Pits Leaching Into Illinois' Only National Scenic River

"Seven years after Dynegy Inc. scrapped one of the last coal plants in downstate Illinois, environmental groups are accusing the company of failing to prevent toxic waste stored nearby from seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 02/01/2018

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