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Anne Womack Kolton, who as former VP Dick Cheney's press aide defended the secrecy of his energy task force, has been brought in to fix BP's PR problems in the Gulf oil spill.Topics on the Beat:
US EPA withheld information, and twice during the five-day operation BP cut off the mud pumps for long periods without letting the public know, making statements that left the impression the operation was ongoing.Topics on the Beat:
The WatchDog's special Gulf oil spill issue includes stories on media access problems, withholding of information by US EPA and misleading statements by BP, mystery dispersant ingredients, BP's new ex-Cheney spokesperson, prohibiting cleanup workers talking to media, and detaining rig survivors till they sign two statements.Topics on the Beat:
Dept. of Interior/US Fish and Wildlife Service awards $12 million for construction of docks, boat slips, and other recreational boating facilities at 13 locations in 10 states.Region:
Six public listening sessions in April and May will provide input for the agency's draft national policy on marine aquaculture products.
NOAA's proposal to apply quotas to individual fishing operations, rather than across an entire fishery, lands support from environmental groups, draws opposition from many US fishing operations.
Results of sampling the tissue of fish caught in freshwater lakes throughout the
reveal widespread contamination by pollutants such as mercury and PCBs. US
USGS researchers have found that it may be impossible for people eating fish caught in US waters to avoid eating mercury-contaminated fish.
If you report for a coastal region where fisheries are important, it's a good time to investigate the membership makeup of your regional Fishery Management Council.