"Septic Tank Permitting In Maryland Faces Backlogs, Staff Shortages"

"Lengthy delays. Staffing shortages. Byzantine regulations. These are trying times for Maryland’s well and septic permitting program. State officials can’t even quantify the overall extent of the permitting delays because the system lacks a centralized database."

Source: Bay Journal, 04/05/2023

EPA Estimates 9.2 Million Lead Water Pipes In US, Funds Some Replacements

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that it estimates that there are 9.2 million lead pipes carrying water throughout the country and said it was allocating some of the funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law to replace them."

Source: The Hill, 04/05/2023

Majority-Black Town Fights To Stop Land Seizure For Gravel Quarry Rail Link

"A majority-Black rural community in Georgia is battling to stop a railroad company from seizing private land for a new train line they say will cause environmental and economic harms."

Source: Guardian, 04/04/2023

"Mountain Valley Pipeline's West Virginia Water Permit Tossed By Court"

"A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a water permit needed by developers to restart construction on the Mountain Valley pipeline in West Virginia, marking the latest setback for the $6.2 billion project."

Source: Reuters, 04/04/2023

"EPA Oversight Hampered by Funding Gap, Watchdog Tells Lawmakers"

"The EPA’s inspector general raised concerns to House lawmakers Wednesday that his office can’t adequately track the tens of billions of dollars flowing into the agency from the infrastructure and climate laws under its current funding."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/30/2023
April 12, 2023 to April 13, 2023

Webinar: Unfence the Future — Taking Down Fortress Conservation and Its Enduring Legacy

The Natural History Museum, Survival International and CUNY Center for the Humanities invite you to a free two-day virtual symposium on the logic of fencing wilderness (“fortress conservation”) to expel perceived threats to ecological balance — from Indigenous Peoples to predator species.



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