Environmental Health

"EPA: Combative Press Tactics Mirror Trump's"

"EPA's press shop is taking a page from President Trump's playbook. Since the new administration entered office, the staff in EPA's press shop has gotten personal with reporters — calling out their alleged mistakes in press releases, keeping them off advisories and blocking some from agency events."

Source: Greenwire, 11/14/2018

"EPA To Weigh Tougher Pollution Standards For Heavy-Duty Trucks"

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced plans to place more stringent restrictions on pollution from heavy-duty trucks, in a move that won the Trump administration rare praise from environmental groups."

Source: Washington Post, 11/14/2018

Trump SE Regional EPA Administrator Indicted On Alabama Ethics Charges

"A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted the Southeast regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and a former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner for violating state ethics laws."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/14/2018

City Tests Confirm Some Chicago Homes With Meters Have Lead In Tap Water

"City testing of Chicago homes with water meters found nearly 1 in 5 sampled had brain-damaging lead in their tap water, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel's water commissioner acknowledged Thursday that the city continued installing new meters after learning about the alarming results in June."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 11/12/2018

"Fla. Amendment 9: Voters Approve Ban On Oil Drilling, Vaping Indoors"

"With 99.7 percent of precincts reporting, Florida voters have approved the passage of Amendment 9 to ban oil and gas drilling in offshore areas, as well as prohibit using e-cigarettes and vaping devices indoors."

Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/07/2018

Wetlands Mitigation — Why Draining the Swamp Is a Local Story

As the Trump administration challenges wetlands preservation policy under the Clean Water Act, an important related practice has come into question. Mitigation banking — the creation or preservation of one wetland to offset the loss of another — has become a billion-dollar industry. But as this week’s TipSheet reports, the legal and regulatory tangle aside, wetlands permitting and mitigation continues, likely near you. Tracking the local story.

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"How to Turbocharge Flu Protection (Llamas Required)"

"A giant antibody created in the laboratory shielded mice against dozens of flu strains, offering new hope against a winter misery."

"The oncoming flu season has claimed its first lives, among them a child in Florida who had not gotten a flu shot.

This year’s vaccine significantly reduces the odds of getting sick — and you should get one now if you haven’t already — but it’s far from perfect.

Source: NY Times, 11/02/2018

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