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Lead Paint Lingers as Environmental Health Threat

Lead is not just poisoning much of the U.S. drinking water supply. It’s also a threat to millions of the nation’s children, who continue to ingest lead paint chips from older housing stock decades after lead paint was banned. This week’s TipSheet explores this perennial problem and offers resources for local coverage.

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IG To Open Probe Into Park Service Leader For Alleged Crude Gesture

"The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into P. Daniel Smith, currently the top-ranking official at the National Park Service, for allegedly making a gesture involving his genitalia in the hallways of the department’s headquarter this year."

Source: Washington Post, 03/26/2018

EPA Decision To Pave Way For Changes In Fuel Efficiency Rules: Sources

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration plans to declare by April 1 that the Obama administration’s vehicle efficiency rules through 2025 are “not appropriate,” two officials briefed on the matter said Friday."

Source: Reuters, 03/26/2018

"Kasich Administration Declares Lake Erie Open Waters As Impaired"

"The Kasich administration — after years of resistance on behalf of agriculture — announced Thursday it will declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired, marking a reversal on what has arguably been northwest Ohio’s most contentious water-policy issue."

Source: Toledo Blade, 03/23/2018

"Omnibus Spending Bill Passes After GOP Drops Anti-Environment Riders"

"Congress passed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill early Friday following negotiations in which Republicans, in order to garner needed Democratic support, agreed to remove a slew of provisions that would have gutted environmental and campaign finance laws."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/23/2018

Brazilian Lawmakers Funded By Donors Guilty Of Enviro Crimes: Report

"Roughly half of the high-ranking politicians serving in Brazil’s lower house of congress received campaign donations in the last general election from companies and individuals that committed environmental crimes, an investigation by Repórter Brasil has found."

Source: Mongabay, 03/22/2018

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