Pollution

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Rick Snyder Related To Flint Water Crisis

"A district judge in Genesee County tossed a pair of misdemeanor charges levied against former Gov. Rick Snyder for his involvement in the Flint water crisis, citing previous court rulings that state prosecutors incorrectly used a "one-person grand jury" to indict Snyder."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 12/12/2022

"Okefenokee Titanium Mine Fight Escalates With Interior Move"

"Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s implicit threat of legal action against a proposed titanium dioxide mine on the flanks of Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp raises unresolved questions about the scope of the agency’s authority to protect public lands outside their boundaries, legal experts say."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 12/09/2022

"Truck Makers Lobby To Weaken U.S. Climate Policies, Report Finds"

"Truck manufacturers and an industry trade group privately lobbied to weaken U.S. climate policies while publicly promoting zero-emissions trucks, according to a new report from a think tank that tracks corporate influence on climate policy."

Source: NPR, 12/09/2022

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found In Virtually Every S. Carolina River Tested

"Virtually every river, creek and lake tested recently by South Carolina regulators was found to contain “forever chemicals,’’ materials once used by industry that today are being linked to a variety of toxic effects on people."

Source: The State, 12/09/2022

PFAS From Fracking Waste May Pollute Nearly 100 Sites In Pa., Ohio And W. Va.

"Waste from fracking wells that used PFAS – commonly known as “forever chemicals”– has been dumped at dozens of sites across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia — all of which could face contamination of soil, groundwater and drinking water as a result."

Source: EHN, 12/08/2022

As Concern Over Methane Mounts, Emission Controls Yield Stories

While carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most often in the news, methane has greater warming power and accounts for a big chunk of the current increase in global warming. Now, growing regulatory pressure may help shift that focus and could drive more local environmental reporting, per the latest TipSheet. The backstory, plus reporting ideas and resources.

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