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Chicago environmental racism

Q&A: How Chicago’s chief sustainability officer, a Southeast Side native, plans to tackle environmental racism

Angela Tovar says her experiences growing up near “Slag Valley” deeply influence her approach to reform practices that have disproportionately burdened communities like the one she was raised in.
Indiana coal ash dumps
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Draft EPA rule could impact nearly 50 Indiana coal ash dumps

Draft federal regulations for toxic coal ash byproducts could cover nearly 50 exempted dumps spread across 14 locations in Indiana.
Dominion seeks permit for new coal ash landfill in Virginia
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Dominion seeks permit for new coal ash landfill in Virginia

Dominion Energy is moving forward with plans to build a new coal ash landfill near the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, entering the last chapter of a long debate over how to safely dispose of the lingering contaminant.

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Arctic permafrost thawing
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A toxic time bomb is ticking in the Arctic

Thousands of contaminated sites are sitting on permafrost that'll soon thaw, a looming disaster that could spread beyond the region.
Brown Grove, VA, seeks to become environmental justice case study

Brown Grove, VA, seeks to become environmental justice case study

Members of a historic Black community in central Virginia are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make their ongoing concerns a case study for environmental justice. But progress has been slow.

BC herring fishery comeback

Welcoming herring home

In Howe Sound, British Columbia, a new generation of stewards is keeping careful tabs on the comeback efforts of a tiny fish with big cultural value.
Ohio injection well permitting

Alleging continual pollution, advocates ask U.S. EPA to take over Ohio injection well permitting

Appalachian Ohio is a primary dumping ground for natural gas fracking waste. Nearly half of it is coming from neighboring states. A battle is underway to try to strip the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from its hold on the permitting process for these injection wells.