Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

WV Leaders Fight Pollution Standards Amid Health Risks From Coal Plants

"Asthma and low life expectancy are highly prevalent in communities around West Virginia’s coal-fired power plants, federal data show."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 08/11/2023

"Md.’s Largest Water Utility Sues Dupont, 3M Over ‘Forever Chemicals’"

"Maryland’s largest water utility filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen companies Friday, alleging that they knowingly polluted the water supply with “forever chemicals” and saying that they should bear the burden of upgrading systems to remove these toxic substances."

Source: Washington Post, 08/09/2023

ER Visits For Heart Problems Plummeted After Coal Processor Shut Down

"The closure of one of Pittsburgh’s largest coal-processing plants in 2016 led to a lasting reduction in hazardous air pollution and a decrease in heart-related hospital visits, according to a new study."

Source: EHN, 08/07/2023

Virginia Enviros File Notice They Will Challenge Youngkin’s RGGI Withdrawal

"Environmental attorneys Monday filed notice that they intend to file a legal challenge against Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed regulation to withdraw Virginia from the regional carbon market known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative."

Source: States Newsroom, 08/01/2023

Baltimore Won’t Expand Help For Residents' Clean Up After Sewage Backups

"Baltimore City has refused to comply with a directive from state and federal environmental regulators that it expand the scope of a program that helps residents clean up after sewage backs up into their homes."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/26/2023

15 Billion Gallons/Yr Of Sewage-Polluted Water Flows Into Philly Rivers

"Each year, Philadelphia's waterways are forced to swallow a dirty mix containing 15 billion gallons of untreated sewage and rainwater during storms because of an antiquated city system, according to a report released Thursday by PennEnvironment."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 07/24/2023

"Mountain Valley Pipeline Turns To Supreme Court"

"The Supreme Court may soon step into a legal brawl over whether Congress violated the Constitution when it passed a law ensuring completion of the Mountain Valley pipeline — a fight that could have important implications for the power of the judiciary."

Source: E&E News, 07/18/2023
July 22, 2023

Film Screening: "Eroding History"

Join this film screening and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary, which tells the story of Black communities on the Deal Island Peninsula that are losing their land and their history due to the intersection of historical racism and modern climate changes. 1:00 p.m. ET in Washington, DC.

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August 14, 2023

DEADLINE: Poynter/Rand Workshop — Covering Climate Change Science and Policy in a Polarized World

Get expert help navigating the complex landscape of climate change science and policy in this one-day, in-person free masterclass on Aug 29, 2023, while exploring resources and tools that can deeply inform and improve your reporting. Co-sponsored by RAND and Poynter. Apply by Aug 14.



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