New TSCA Chemical Data Can Help Deepen Reporting

Most environmental journalists are familiar with the Toxics Release Inventory as a data reporting tool. But there’s another potentially useful chemical reporting database, this one focused on the highest-volume chemicals. The latest Reporter’s Toolbox explores the Chemical Data Reporting National Review, reports on how its data is gathered and shares its strengths — and some weaknesses.

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"Analysis: Race To The Bottom For Deep-Sea Minerals Centers On Tiny Nauru"

"The Pacific island nation of Nauru and its roughly 11,000 residents are at the center of the increasingly contentious debate over whether the world's seabeds should be mined for nickel and other green energy transition minerals."

Source: Reuters, 04/14/2023

Indiana Plastics Fire Extinguished, But Residents’ Health Concerns Remain

"After firefighters spent two days battling an inferno fueled by plastics in eastern Indiana, the fire has been fully extinguished, officials said. “We’re now able to turn our attention to collecting air and water samples to determine when the evacuation order can be lifted,” Richmond Mayor Dave Smith told CNN Thursday night."

Source: CNN, 04/14/2023

Plastic Recycling Plant Could Send Toxic PFAS Into Susquehanna River

"Warnings that a large-scale plastics recycling plant planned along a floodplain in Central Pennsylvania could flush toxic PFAS into the Susquehanna River, a major source of drinking water for millions, are stirring a budding opposition movement."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/13/2023

"Hundreds Forced From Indiana Homes As Plastics Fire Burns"

"An evacuation order affecting more than 1,000 people remained in place Wednesday night around a large industrial fire in an Indiana city near the Ohio border where crews worked to douse piles of burning plastics."

Source: AP, 04/13/2023

Greens Sue EPA Over Refinery Water Pollution, Including In Louisiana

"Several environmental groups are suing federal regulators over what they say is a failure to set safe limits on harmful chemicals pouring into waterways from refineries, including eight facilities in Louisiana that are considered among the nation’s top polluters."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/12/2023


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