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Right-to-Know

Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA
Climate Change / Energy

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Once Republican senators lined up behind him, Pruitt’s nomination was never truly in jeopardy. The Senate voted 52-46 on Thursday to end debate on the EPA nomination, lining up a Friday afternoon vote for the nation’s top environmental regulator. The vote tracked partisan affiliations with only a […]

Climate Change / Energy

On eve of confirmation vote, judge orders EPA nominee to release thousands of emails

WASHINGTON, DC — “An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry. The Center for Media and Democracy has been […]

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned
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‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River. Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in […]

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Research & Reports

The connection between cleaner air and longer lives

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Back in 1970, Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world — a notorious example of industrialization largely unfettered by regard for health or the environment. Heavy pollution drove up respiratory and heart problems and shortened lives. But 1970 was also the […]

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office
Environmental Justice

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office

Michigan regulators treated African American residents unfairly during the permitting of a power plant in Flint, feds say FLINT, MI — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil-rights office has made a rare finding of discrimination, saying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality treated African American residents of Flint unfairly during […]

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Renewable Energy

Scott Pruit at EPA will hobble Ohio’s alternative-energy economy: Jane Harf (Opinion)

GRANVILLE — “In Ohio, the clean energy economy isn’t merely the future – it’s the present. We already see clean energy providing jobs, saving money, and making our nation more secure. And we know we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. So it was very troubling when President Donald Trump […]

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants
Coal

Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants

BALTIMORE, MD — “Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days. The plants have spent billions of […]

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Coal / Coal Ash

Looking to ‘get ahead’ of coal ash issues, utilities support bill for stronger state oversight

Utilities are throwing their weight behind an amendment that would give states a bigger role in regulating coal ash disposal WASHINGTON, DC — “On Oct. 17th, utilities submitted their compliance plans for the EPA’s 2014 Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule, the first national standard for the safe handling of coal […]

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Research & Reports / Water Quality

Toxic legacy: ‘Teflon’ chemical sticks around in water supplies

WHEELING, WV — “For more than half a century along the Ohio River, the chemical company DuPont provided jobs for thousands of people. One chemical they produced is PFOA, commonly known as C8. It was a remarkably useful compound, used in ‘Teflon’ non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and even in some […]