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Coal Ash Stories Untold in Many Communities

The December 2008 coal-ash spill at a Tennessee power plant has been making headlines for two weeks — but few journalists realize there are coal-ash stories to be unearthed in many communities. Here are some clues for finding them.

Comments Sought On Formaldehyde In Wood Products

Concerns over emissions from formaldehyde in pressed-wood products have been building for many years. California's new rules addressing the problem went into effect Jan. 1, 2009. Now EPA is looking at following suit.

USGS Announces Free Access To Satellite Image Archive

If you need information on land use changes over time, or on current land uses and character, you may want to check out decades-worth of globe-spanning satellite images that USGS has made freely available to the public.

Digital Drop-Dead Date May Create Recycling Nightmare

On February 17, 2009, all full-power broadcast US television stations will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. So, many old TVs are now creating e-waste challenges as they're relegated to landfills and recycling centers.

NIEHS Follow-Up: Assurances of a Robust, Independent Journal?

Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), the embattled flagship journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has a new editor-in-chief - Hugh A. Tilson. But will he have the editorial independence NIEHS leaders have promised him?


Senate sponsors of a bipartisan Senate bill to strengthen agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have crafted a compromise version and reintroduced it in hopes of speeding Congressional action.

CNN, Weather Channel Axe Environmental Units

At a time when public understanding of complex science and environmental issues grows critical, CNN laid off its entire science/enviro team and NBC's The Weather Channel fired the staff of the "Forecast Earth" environmental program.