PR firm busts disclosure deadline while representing Burkina Faso

By Carrie Levine

CD Global Strategies took months — instead of 10 days — to inform the Justice Department of its work for Burkina Faso.

Texas fracking verdict puts industry on notice about toxic air emissions

By David Hasemyer

A nearly $3 million jury verdict against a Texas oil and gas company highlights regulatory failures and health risks linked to fracking.

Excerpts from this story referencing "environmental chemist":

"… of the experts the Parrs relied on was Paul Rosenfeld, a California-based environmental chemist. He testified that Aruba’s wells contained VOCs capable of causing heada …"

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… g industry, worry over failing health and pollution has intensified as the Environmental Protection Agency intends to significantly curtail the number of inspect …"

"… edent they set for performance of large facilities across the country.” Environmental advocates are not swayed. The planned reduction in federal enforcement c …"

"… perfect storm,” said John Suttles, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit handling Environmental cases in six states. “I …"

"… n before the spill, according to emails obtained by the Southern Environmental Law Center, state regulators consulted Duke Energy before seeking to exc …"

Offshore shells helped tangle Chinese giant in Italian fraud scandal

Court records and secret offshore files shine light on Chinese green energy firm’s links to Italian criminal probe.

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

By Kristen Lombardi

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… toxic sludge on Feb. 2 after a storm pipe broke. For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency is agreeing to regulate the disposal of coal ash as part of a settlement i …"

EPA under the gun to regulate coal ash

By Kristen Lombardi

Environmental Protection Agency faces new pressure to regulate disposal of the toxic waste for the first time after a judge's decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "District Judge":

"… d against the agency by environmental groups. In a decision Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton of the D.C. Circuit Court gave the EPA 60 days to file what …"

Clean Air case yields rare criminal convictions in New York

By Sam Pearson

A NY coke plant and its environmental manager, convicted of felony Clean Air violations, await sentencing — as residents push for relief.

Excerpts from this story referencing "District Judge":

"… ather victim impact statements. The hope, James-Creedon said, is that U.S. District Judge William Skretny will order fine money allocated for community improvement …"

Award-winning Center series looks at toxic, sometimes hidden chemical releases

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed it over the weekend, the Center environment team published another piece in its Poisoned Places series.

Earth Day 2013

A look at some of the Center's award-winning environmental reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… ich can be found below.     …"

"… — that triggered the environmental movement. Back in 1970, as the Earth Day Network notes, “Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V …"

Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… Calif., that would "establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness" and "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid …"

"… diness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other agencies through the identification of …"

"… SA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Earth asteroids and comets in order to provide warning and mitigation of the pot …"

"… der to provide warning and mitigation of the potential hazard of such near-Earth objects to the Earth," Senate records show. The bill also "expresses the …"

EPA's 'Brownfields' program coming up short

By Gwyneth Shaw, Beverly Ford and Evelyn Larrubia

Thousands of polluted properties remain despite $1.5 billion in federal assistance

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

IG: Afghan fuel records go missing

By Aaron Mehta

New IG report warns of missing data on $475 million in oil

Clean Water Case targets wetlands protection in North Carolina

By Alice Su

As part of a U.S. effort to protect wetlands, a federal court has ordered $1 million in preservation projects in North Carolina.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… sites without acquiring a Clean Water Act permit. In 2010 a dairy owner in Oregon filled in 0.14 acres of wetlands to construct a cow barn — and last Octo …"

Bush EPA chief urges action on chemical hazards

By Alice Su

Former EPA administrator says agency should use Clean Air Act to impose stricter safety standards on chemical facilities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical lobby":

"… this year’s election and the anticipated pushback from industry and the chemical lobby. But Jackson at least has “a White House that is willing to move forward …"

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

Former Bush EPA chief sounds alarm on chemical security

By Jim Morris

Former EPA chief Whitman urges administrator Jackson to seal security gaps 'before a tragedy of historic proportions occurs.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical safety":

"… ause."ACC and its members support a host of federal programs that regulate chemical safety and security to help safeguard all of their employees and communities,” …"

"… and communities,” the group said. The EPA, it said, “already addresses chemical safety and the need to prevent accidental releases” through its Risk Management …"

IMPACT: Environmental groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation

By Emma Schwartz

Groups sue EPA over lack of coal ash regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… needed health protections from coal ash,” Lisa Evans, a lawyer with Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm, said in a statement. “A …"

Illegal ocean dumping persists despite DOJ crackdown

By Ronnie Greene

Federal prosecutors target dumping on the high seas, which taints global waterways with oil and other contaminants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Morehead City":

"… the M/T Chem Faros, a 21,145-gross-ton cargo ship that pulled into port in Morehead City, N.C., an oiler with the engine crew quietly handed him a note."GOOD MORNI …"

Q&A: Former Bush official touts ‘market-based’ air toxics regulation

By Corbin Hiar

Q&A with the man some call "the next EPA administrator" if Romney wins the White House.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… se folks should be either penalized or shut down.Q: How would you rate the Obama administration’s record on air pollution?A: Their hands are kind of tied. They’re pre …"

EPA releases long-awaited power plant air toxics rule

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA releases details of a landmark rule to cut air emissions of mercury and other toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… 1990. While the standard was issued last Friday, interest groups said the Obama administration made supporters wait until bickering in Congress died down so the landmark …"

"… American workers, the EPA said.Jackson also used the event to bolster the Obama administration’s clean air credentials. “EPA is rounding out a year of incredible pro …"

Mercury falling: Groundbreaking power plant emissions rule imminent

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA is poised to issue a new regulation restricting toxic power plant emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House Office of Management and Budget":

"… otective as the one proposed in March.“We are informed reliably that the White House Office of Management and Budget, at the behest of the coal-burning electric power industry, is now pushing …"

EPA allowed unsafe handling of asbestos, IG says

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Use of 'unapproved methods' by EPA put workers and public at risk of asbestos exposure, IG says

Environmental injustice: EPA neglects discrimination claims from polluted communities

By Corbin Hiar

Agency’s dysfunctional Office of Civil Rights sits on complaints for years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… o evaluate the complaints” said Marianne Engelman Lado, a lawyer at Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law firm. “Why is that progress?”Pov …"

GOP assault on regulations could undermine air pollution protections

By Chris Hamby

House Republicans are expected to approve a bill that would allow Congress to block major regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic offenders":

"… ging. A once-secret EPA “watch list,” for example, includes serious or chronic offenders of the Clean Air Act that have not faced formal enforcement action — som …"

Hotter, drier, meaner: Trends point to a planet increasingly hostile to agriculture

By Douglas Fischer

A host of data point to one conclusion: Our increasingly hotter, drier planet is going to be a tough place to farm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… mate change. …"

"… – To get a glimpse of the future, look to East Africa today.The Horn of Africa is in the midst of its worst drought in 60 years: Crop failures have left …"

"… to have continued dryness, at least for the next 10 or 15 years, over East Africa," said Chris Funk, a geographer at the U.S. Geological Survey and founding …"

"… he American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco cautioned that East Africa is just one example. Many recent events – discoveries from sediment core …"

IMPACT: Day after story on weak enforcement, a state cracks down on polluter

By Chris Hamby

The day after an article highlighted weak enforcement, Iowa's attorney general takes on a source of toxic emissions.

Despite lone inspector’s efforts, persistent haze envelops Iowa town

By Chris Hamby

A polluter seemed to comply with the Clean Air Act while exposing citizens to toxics. An inspector tried for years to do something about it.

Why Americans still breathe known hazards decades after ‘clean air’ law

By Jim Morris and Corbin Hiar

Air toxics crackdown stymied by politics, industry resistance and ‘hopelessly irrational’ EPA

Excerpts from this story referencing "cement kilns":

"… rules governing toxic emissions from industrial boilers, incinerators and cement kilns. “These are the last categories that we have,” Gina McCarthy, the agen …"

"…  The chamber has since passed bills delaying rules on power plants, cement kilns, incinerators and boilers.Former EPA Administrator Ruckelshaus, a strategi …"

"… etheless, legislation aimed at delaying rules on boilers, incinerators and cement kilns is pending in the Senate. And the power plant rule has become a rallying p …"

U.S. deportees to Haiti, jailed without cause, face severe health risks

By Jacob Kushner

U.S. deportees to Haiti face incarceration, severe health risks

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