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November 22, 2021

Virtual Event: How Journalists Can Report on Toxic Hot Spots

Join ProPublica reporters for an in-depth tutorial on how to investigate toxic air pollution in your neighborhood by using ProPublica's first-of-its-kind air toxics map and data, followed by a half hour Q&A. 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. Co-sponsored by SEJ.

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Biden’s Proposed Auto Emissions Crackdown Will Be Strengthened: Regan

"The Biden administration will strengthen its proposed limits on auto and truck emissions, U.S. environmental chief Michael Regan said Wednesday, addressing complaints that the plan announced last summer is too weak."

Source: Bloomberg, 11/11/2021

"Chinese-Owned Steel Mill Coats Serbian Town In Red Dust; Cancer Spreads"

"A few hundred meters from the huge furnaces of the Chinese-owned Smedrevo steel mill in central Serbia, the village of Radinac is covered in thick red dust. Cancer rates have quadrupled in under a decade, and residents want the plant to clean up or shut down."

Source: Reuters, 11/10/2021

"Poison in the Air"

"From the urban sprawl of Houston to the riverways of Virginia, air pollution from industrial plants is elevating the cancer risk of an estimated quarter of a million Americans to a level the federal government considers unacceptable." "The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are in a first-of-its-kind map and data analysis."

Source: ProPublica, 11/03/2021

Enviros Petition EPA To Rescind Factory Farms’ “Free Pass To Pollute”

"A coalition of environmental and animal rights groups petitioned the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday to abandon a "sweetheart" deal with factory farm owners—and start enforcing air pollution regulations."

Source: EHN, 10/29/2021

Will 2022 See the Start of Formal Negotiations Toward a Global Plastics Treaty?

Plastic waste, already the subject of preliminary international talks, could be increasingly targeted after UN meetings in early 2022. Meanwhile, this ubiquitous product is polluting land, ocean and air in its various forms, as well as through little-understood microplastic particles. The latest TipSheet has the backstory on efforts to forge an international plastics treaty, as well as ideas for how to cover plastic pollution locally.

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