Coal Ash — An Overlooked Toxic Story That Won’t Go Away

Obama-era regulation of the toxic waste product coal ash, which was watered down in the face of resistance from coal and electric utilities and further weakened by the Trump administration, has meant many coal-fired power plants simply ignore disposal requirements. That’s per a new report that the latest TipSheet writes can offer journalists useful ways to report an overlooked environmental story in their area.

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Black Communities In Louisiana Far More Exposed To Industrial Pollution

"Louisiana communities containing industrial plants and high percentages of Black residents experienced seven to 21 times more toxic air emissions than similar locations with higher percentages of White residents, according to a new study by researchers with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic."

Source:, 11/21/2022

Enviros Sue Army Corps Of Engineers Over Okefenokee Swamp Protections

"The Southern Environmental Law Center is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its summer decision to remove Clean Water Act protections from almost 600 acres of wetlands next to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge."

Source: Savannah Morning News, 11/16/2022

New Kolbert Volume Addresses Value of Human Efforts To Control Nature

When engineers reversed the Chicago River, they also upended a hydrologic system that years later required electrification to repel an invasive species threatening a major fishery. This is but one example from the latest book by New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert of the unintended consequences of human actions to dominate nature that may solve one problem only to create another. BookShelf contributor Gary Wilson has a review.

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Extreme Rainfall Offers Journalists a Deluge of Environment, Climate Stories

The increased frequency and intensity of extreme precipitation presents environmental reporters with challenging coverage of flooding, property damage, insurance shortfalls and risk to human life, as well as about the climate change driving the downpours. The latest TipSheet offers context, story ideas and resources to cover such big storms in your area.

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Nicole Makes Landfall In Florida As Hurricane With Surge, Winds, Flooding

"Nicole made landfall in Florida as a hurricane early Thursday and has now weakened to a tropical storm. Coastal flooding, strong winds, flooding rain and tornadoes are expected along the Southeast coast."

Source: Weather Channel, 11/10/2022
January 25, 2023 to January 27, 2023

Media Briefing on Plastics, Petrochemicals and Protecting Cultural Resources

Beyond Plastics, Inclusive Louisiana, the Descendants Project and Louisiana Bucket Brigade are hosting a media briefing in New Orleans for journalists on plastics, petrochemicals, environmental justice and protecting cultural resources. Includes a bus tour of "Cancer Alley." Lodging and meals included if you register by Dec 22.


Storm Nicole Poses Wind, Rain, Flood Threats To Florida, Southeast

"Subtropical Storm Nicole has formed in the Atlantic and is forecast to push toward the Bahamas, Florida and the Southeast this week. Strong winds, high surf, rip currents, coastal flooding, beach erosion and heavy rain are expected along parts of the Eastern Seaboard."

Source: Weather Channel, 11/07/2022


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