Shutdown Has Halted Training, Other Wildfire Prep; It Could Get Worse

"Training has been halted for thousands of western firefighters. The U.S. Forest Service can’t award contracts for needed equipment. In forests across the West, no federal employees are doing work to reduce dry “fuel” that feeds catastrophic blazes."

Source: McClatchy, 01/10/2019

"Trump Administration Working On Arctic Oil Leases Despite Shutdown"

"Even as a partial shutdown halts the functions of many U.S. government departments, forcing the Department of the Interior to close national parks, the Trump administration is continuing to push for the expansion of oil drilling on sensitive, federally owned lands in Arctic Alaska."

Source: Reuters, 01/10/2019

"Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections"

"The Food and Drug Administration has stopped routine food safety inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables and many other foods at high risk of contamination because of the federal government’s shutdown, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, said on Wednesday."

Source: NY Times, 01/10/2019

Trump Says To Halt Aid To Calif. Wildfire Victims; Law Says He Can't

"U.S. President Donald Trump cannot withhold disaster relief once an emergency has been declared, federal statutes show, despite the Republican’s tweet on Wednesday that he had ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cease helping victims of last year’s California wildfires."

Source: Reuters, 01/10/2019

"Shutdown Means E.P.A. Pollution Inspectors Aren’t on the Job"

"The two-week-old shutdown has halted one of the federal government’s most important public health activities, the inspections of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and thousands of other industrial sites for pollution violations."

Source: NY Times, 01/10/2019
January 26, 2019

Water for Humanity

Journalists: Interested in covering a developing story on water contamination? Denmark (S.C.) Citizens for Safe Water is organizing an event including mass water distribution to the citizens of Denmark, free food trucks and celebrity speakers. 



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