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Pesticide-Friendly Bill From Lepage Mirrors Model By Secretive ALEC

"[Maine] Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to take away municipal government’s ability to enact local pesticide ordinances closely mirrors a model bill written and promoted by a secretive national group that helps large national corporations ghost-write laws for sympathetic state legislators."

Source: Portland Press Herald, 05/10/2017

New York Plan to Dump Chlorine Into Sewers Worries Environmentalists

"Facing a chronic problem of raw sewage emptying into city waterways during rainfalls, and struggling to meet health regulations, New York City environmental officials are turning to a new method of treating bacteria in sewage: dumping chlorine into sewer pipes leading to the waterways."

Source: NY Times, 05/02/2017
May 16, 2017

DEADLINE: Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Fellowship Program

In summer 2017, the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay will award fellowships ($5,000 each) to ~10 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in their partnership institutions. The fellowship was created with scientists in mind; however they are open to proposals from journalists. So if you are a journalist in NYC or the surrounding area with a proposal you would like to submit, the deadline is May 16.

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May 2, 2017

SEJ-NYC Meet-up with NYU/Institute for Policy Integrity's Director

NYC-and-area journalists are invited to an informal discussion at 7:30 p.m. with Richard Revesz, law professor and director of NYU's Institute for Policy Integrity. He will answer all your questions about the legal details and implications of the Trump administration's environmental deregulation efforts.

May 6, 2017 to May 7, 2017

Rethinking Animals Summit 2017

Please join us in New York City for The Rethinking Animals Summit 2017, an urgent gathering to address the volatile coexistence of human and non-human animals. Can we create a sustainable, healthy and humane future that includes the protection of all creatures?

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"Maine’s Wells Could Be Polluted With Arsenic, Lead"

"AUGUSTA, Maine — The water that flows out of your faucet may taste good, smell good and look good — but there’s a chance it could make you sick. That was the message from some scientists who shared their ongoing research last week at the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, held each year by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions."

Source: Bangor Daily News, 04/05/2017


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