Environmental Health

Texas Judge Finds Formosa 'Serial Offender' As Louisiana Fight Looms

"A Texas federal judge has found a huge Formosa plastics complex northeast of Corpus Christi to be a 'serial offender' with a history of allowing plastic pellets to wash into wetlands and bays along the Gulf of Mexico, and said that the company has committed 'enormous' violations of state law and the U.S. Clean Water Act."

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 07/01/2019

"EPA Leaders Helped Bail Out Failed Philadelphia Refinery"

"Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and other top agency officials were closely involved with reviving a private equity-owned oil refinery that went bankrupt last year and is now shutting down after a fiery explosion last week."

Source: Greenwire, 06/28/2019
July 26, 2019

DEADLINE: Covering Community Impacts of Oil & Gas Development

SciLine will provide an all-expenses-paid, 2½-day workshop, Oct 23-25 at Penn State U, designed to arm journalists — including those without deep backgrounds in science — with the knowledge and context they need to incorporate research-based evidence into stories about how oil and gas development is affecting U.S. communities. Space is limited. Apply by Jul 26.


EPA's Wehrum Steps Down Amid Scrutiny Over Possible Ethics Violations

"Bill Wehrum, a top Environmental Protection Agency official who helped reverse Obama-era rules aimed at cutting emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, is stepping down amid scrutiny over possible violations of federal ethics rules."

Source: Washington Post, 06/27/2019


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