The feds have left much environmental regulation to the states. But the coal ash spill in Tennessee raises serious concerns about whether states have the firepower to regulate corporate waste.
Environment & Health
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s botched efforts to clean up its massive coal ash spill could kill entire fish species, creating a human health threat.
The planet’s future depends largely on the fate of China’s nascent wind sector—but the increase in renewable energy may not be large or fast enough.
The Tennessee Valley Authority appears to have manipulated science to downplay water contamination caused by a massive coal ash disaster.
Despite PR claims of a new commitment to sustainability, the biggest coal companies have spent only a fraction of their profits to reduce carbon emissions.
A toxic Tennessee spill shows clean coal is an oxymoron: though technology can restrict atmospheric emissions, toxins simply get transferred into waste water and coal ash.
Despite Obama administration interest in clean nuclear power, most new projects are debacles, with lengthy delays and multibillion-dollar cost overruns.
Sarah Palin promised to advocate for special-needs children once elected, but in Alaska she has refused to limit toxins that cause fetal abnormalities.
Conservation International attracted $6 million to protect marine life in Papua New Guinea. Instead, they secured little more than plush offices and first class travel.
Internal documents show OSHA detected dangerous levels of formaldehyde in trailers used to house Katrina evacuees as early as 2005 but FEMA distributed them anyway.
A whistleblower at the federal Centers for Disease Control tried to sound the alarm about toxic formaldehyde in FEMA trailers – but faced retaliation instead.
In Indonesia, subsidies for biofuel crops have led to the illegal seizure of tribal lands and the destruction of pristine old growth forest.
A suppressed report documents the impact of industrial contaminants in the Great Lakes – increasing cancer risk and infant mortality.
Forget Anwar. Oil drilling off the coast nearby is accelerating the destruction of the artic ice shelf, threatening both whales and the indigenous peoples who depend on them.
Congo’s tropical forests are the second largest on the planet, and they process staggering amounts of CO2. But the nation’s new political stability may put them at risk of deforestation.
As Medicaid payments to nursing homes stagnate, regulation is weakened, and a Texas law capping damages for pain and suffering in all medical malpractice suits is enacted, the death of Noe Martinez Sr. reveals a coming crisis in the nursing home industry.
You might think its naturally occurring, but there is no lead in gasoline unless somebody puts it there.