"Prosecution Dropped Against 2 Environmental Activists"

"State prosecutors have announced they will not pursue felony charges against two New Orleans environmental activists who left plastic pellets on the doorstep of a chemical industry lobbyist."

Source: AP, 12/23/2020

"Federal Lead-Pipe Rule Overhauled For First Time In Decades"

"For the first time in three decades, the federal government on Tuesday overhauled a rule aimed at reducing lead in drinking water across the country — a long-standing scourge made worse by the nation’s weathered and crumbling infrastructure." "But the government is allowing many of the nation’s 6 million lead water pipes to remain in service, and health advocates say risks remain".


Source: Washington Post, 12/23/2020

EPA Tightens Lead Dust Standards. Enviros Say They Don't Go Far Enough

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday tightened standards for how much lead can remain as dust on surfaces such as floors and window sills after lead removal activities, in a move that environmentalists said doesn't go far enough."

Source: The Hill, 12/22/2020
January 8, 2021

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual PFAS Workshop for Journalists

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources for a two-day virtual workshop, January 27-28, 2021, to discuss PFAS contamination in communities across the country. Deadline: Jan 8.


"Five States Sue EPA Over Rule Limiting Pesticide Safety Enforcement"

"Five states this week sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a rule that narrows the areas where farmers are required to limit human presence during the application of pesticides."

Source: The Hill, 12/21/2020

"Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal"

"Congressional negotiators inserted a bipartisan measure to curtail planet-warming chemicals used in air-conditioners and refrigerators in the huge government spending and coronavirus relief package that is expected to head to President Trump’s desk on Monday."

Source: NYTimes, 12/21/2020

Biden Faces Environmental Challenges on Multiple International Treaties

As the incoming Biden administration prepares to re-engage on the global stage, environment-related treaties are high on the agenda. The latest Backgrounder, part of our 2021 Guide, takes a closer look at 10-plus top treaties, including those focused on climate change, biodiversity, plastics pollution, airplane emissions, the future of the Arctic and more.

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Environmental Justice Stories Will Keep Proliferating in 2021

The surging racial justice movement has reenergized aspirations to correct the environmental injustices that blemish countless underprivileged U.S. communities. The new TipSheet, another part of our 2021 Guide, scans the landscape of trouble spots, from urban to rural, industrial zones to Superfund sites. Plus, story ideas and reporting resources.

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