British Mill Company's Pollution Draws Scrutiny In Mississippi. Less In La.

"When Mississippi environmental regulators checked the emissions of a large wood pellet mill operating a few miles from the Louisiana line, they found pollution levels two times higher than the legal limit."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 07/10/2023

Deer Park Chemical Fire In 2019 Could Have Been Prevented, CSB Finds

"A massive Houston-area chemical fire that burned for three days in 2019 could have been prevented if proper procedures were in place at the chemical storage facility run by the Intercontinental Terminals Co., according to an investigation released Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board."

Source: Texas Tribune, 07/10/2023

"Almost Half Of U.S. Tap Water Contains ‘Forever Chemicals’"

"The most high-profile chemicals under fire from the Biden administration likely permeate almost half of U.S. tap water systems, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey that raises yet more concerns about the sprawling family of compounds."

Source: E&E News, 07/06/2023

New Mexico Regulators Fine Oil Producer $40 Million For Flaring Gas

"New Mexico oilfield and air quality regulators on Thursday announced unprecedented state fines against a Texas-based oil and natural gas producer on accusations that the company flouted local pollution reporting and control requirements by burning off vast amounts of natural gas in a prolific energy-production zone in the southeast of the state."

Source: AP, 06/30/2023

"EPA Closes Civil Rights Investigation Into Louisiana Pollution"

"In a setback for environmental justice advocates, the Biden administration has closed a civil rights investigation of two Louisiana state agencies without finding discrimination in how the agencies regulated chemical plants in the area known as “Cancer Alley.”"

Source: Washington Post, 06/30/2023

"EPA Closes Civil Rights Probe Into Louisiana Over ‘Cancer Alley’ Pollution"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday it did not find discrimination by the state of Louisiana against Black residents who face high levels of air pollution, closing a probe into actions by state departments."

Source: The Hill, 06/29/2023

Wildfire Smoke — Now a Local Story in Unaccustomed Places

The harms of air pollutants created by wildfires are clear. What’s lost in the haze, though, is that wildfire smoke can carry those pollutants vast distances, threatening communities that are unfamiliar with the risks. The latest TipSheet explains the dangers and how far-flung wildfire smoke travels, then offers a dozen story ideas plus reporting resources.

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