People & Population

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet Rules on Safe Drinking Water

"To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements." An illuminating data visualization maps where the problems are.

Source: NY Times, 02/14/2018

Judge Curiel, Whom Trump Ripped During Campaign, Will Hear Case on Wall

"A federal judge in California who Donald Trump once derided for his ethnicity will hear a case Friday that could determine the president’s latitude to waive environmental laws, paving the way for his 'big, beautiful' border wall."

Source: McClatchy, 02/06/2018

Raising Questions about Unequal Justice in Contamination Case

After an EPA Superfund settlement was rebuffed by a small town, a local environmental advocate goes to jail while executives behind a chemical plant contamination remain free. In the latest Q&A for our Inside Story column, we hear from investigative reporter Sharon Lerner of The Intercept about the complex challenges of telling this award-winning tale.

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FEMA Says It Will Keep Providing Water, Other Essentials In Puerto Rico

"The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday it would continue providing water, meals and other essentials to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico despite earlier reports its humanitarian mission in the U.S. territory would end on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 02/01/2018

Most Western Voters Oppose Trump All-Energy Public Lands Agenda: Poll

"New bipartisan polling finds widespread disapproval among Western voters of the Trump administration’s public land policies, including recent reductions to two Utah national monuments and the expansion of lands being made available for energy extraction."

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 01/26/2018

Zinke Signs Land-Swap Deal For Road Through Alaska’s Izembek Wilderness

"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap agreement Monday to allow a small, remote Alaska town to construct a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wilderness area that has been protected for decades."

Source: Washington Post, 01/23/2018


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