Pollution

Mich. Court Rules Grand Jury Improperly Indicted Officials In Flint Case

"Michigan’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the indictment of former Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and several other officials in connection with the contamination of water in Flint was improper because the grand jury consisted of a single judge."

Source: The Hill, 06/29/2022

Gas Piped Into Homes Contains Benzene, Other Risky Chemicals: Study

"The natural gas delivered to homes contains low concentrations of several chemicals linked to cancer, a new study found. Researchers also found inconsistent levels of odorants — substances that give natural gas its characteristic “rotten egg” smell — which could increase the risk of small leaks going undetected."

Source: NYTimes, 06/28/2022

How 'Rights of Nature' Is Recasting the Relationship Between Law and the Earth

In 2006, a local government council in Pennsylvania concerned about sewage sludge dumping enacted the Western legal system’s first formal “rights of nature” instrument. Today, numerous countries have laws recognizing specific rights or even legal personhood for nature. As legal expert Alice Bleby explains, this new perspective arises from a wide range of contexts and plays out in many different ways.

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August 24, 2022 to August 26, 2022

Environmental Justice Briefing for Reporters on Plastic Pollution

Beyond Plastics invites journalists to Bennington College in Vermont for this two-day, in-person environmental justice briefing on plastic pollution issues, including its impact on frontline communities in the southern US and Indonesia.

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