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EJSCREEN, a wonky, mostly unknown EPA mapping tool, has drawn the attention of the Biden administration.

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D.C. Circuit 'legend' creates major opening for Biden pick

Judge David Tatel, who served on the nation's most prominent appeals court for 27 years and had a hand in many major environmental cases, is stepping aside.
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Justice

Berlin has high hopes for this wooden skyscraper

A skyscraper that would be Europe’s tallest wooden building promises a “social and ecological paradigm shift” in a gentrifying neighborhood — and a test for the city’s affordable housing model.
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Climate

Global heating to blame for threat of deadly flood in Peru, study finds

Human-caused global heating is directly responsible for the threat of a devastating flood in Peru that is the subject of a lawsuit against the German energy company RWE, according to groundbreaking new research.

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Toxics

Nebraska must draw key lessons in wake of Mead ethanol plant's environmental concerns

"The environmental concerns about the AltEn ethanol plant in Mead underscore the importance of appropriate regulation and provide important lessons for Nebraska."
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Toxics

French-Vietnam woman in ‘fight of her life’ on war chemicals

A French-Vietnamese woman who was poisoned by the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is fighting a case in France against 26 multinational chemical giants, for "justice" for thousands of alleged victims.

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Climate

Jair Bolsonaro could face charges in The Hague over Amazon rainforest | Jair Bolsonaro | The Guardian

Indigenous leaders and human rights groups accuse Brazilian president of crimes against humanity
Toxics

Vedanta Resources settles Zambia copper mine pollution claim

The Zambian claimants, including more than 600 children, alleged toxic discharge from the Nchanga mine damaged land and waterways, and were seeking damages, remediation and the cessation of the alleged pollution.

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Climate

Clean Air Act gets boost as court dumps Trump carbon rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out the Trump EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule and sent it back to the agency yesterday. What does the ruling mean for Biden and the electricity sector?
Justice

Senator seeks to address complaints about Nebraska ethanol plant

A bill that would prohibit the use of "treated seed corn" in the production of ethanol targets a plant near Mead that uses corn coated in fungicides and pesticides.
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Energy

Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm

Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths.

Justice

Biden may cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit as soon as his first day in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts in office, and perhaps as soon as his first day, according to a source familiar with his thinking.
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Toxics

At least 40 wells found contaminated with above-standard levels of PFAS on French Island

At least 40 wells that provide drinking water for residents on a North Side island in La Crosse were found to be contaminated with PFAS that are above recommended standards.

Justice

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes prevail in decades-old court battle over FMC site

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling granting the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes jurisdiction over the cleanup of FMC Corp.'s former plant site near Pocatello.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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