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Canary in the Coal Pond 23.4.2018 Truthout.com
New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants. Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal. Mixed with water and ...
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The Trump Administration Wants to Make Groundwater Less Safe in Coal Country 21.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected “statistically significant” amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under […]
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Long-awaited plan for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument limits new mining and energy development 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

New oil, gas and mineral exploration and development will be barred in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument under a long-awaited management plan, released Thursday, governing the largest wilderness in Los Angeles County.

The U.S. Forest Service plan prioritizes environmental protection over...

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An ugly truth behind 'ethical consumerism' 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
An ugly truth behind 'ethical consumerism'
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Class Dismissed: Class Conflict in Red State America 17.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Kentucky public school teachers protest outside the Kentucky House Chamber as they rally for a day of action to pressure legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky. The teachers also oppose a controversial pension reform bill the governor signed into law. (Photo by Bill Pugliano / Getty Images) In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout. Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe. The strikes, rallies, and walkouts of public school teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, soon perhaps Arizona, and elsewhere ...
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Armed man tasered by Elbert County sheriff’s deputy dies 14.4.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A man died Thursday night after being tasered by an Elbert County Sheriffs' deputy. 
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Mining company challenges its 'bad actor' label in Montana 12.4.2018 AP Business
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- An Idaho mining company was due in a Montana courtroom on Thursday to challenge its designation by state officials as an industry "bad actor" because of pollution tied to its CEO....
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Teenagers in love found slain, bound in abandoned mine shaft 6.4.2018 AP Top News
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- They were teenagers in love, bonding after overcoming personal struggles and dreaming of a family and future together. When they vanished days after Christmas, friends and family combed Utah's west desert for months in search of answers....
Teenagers in love found slain at bottom of old mine shaft 6.4.2018 AP National
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- They were teenagers in love, bonding after overcoming personal struggles and dreaming of a family and future together. When they vanished days after Christmas, friends and family combed Utah's west desert for months in search of answers....
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Films & programs for the week of April 1: Day hike in Joshua Tree; exploring the Italian Dolomites, Croatia and Slovenia 1.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

ITALY, CROATIA & SLOVENIA

Presentation

Walking guide Gary Scott will share photos, stories and travel tips about the Italian Dolomites, Croatia and Slovenia.

When, where: 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Admission, info: Free. (310) 473-4574.

JOSHUA...

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Ecuador Grants Open-Pit Mining Permits in One of the World's Most Biodiverse Areas 1.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Equadorian government has opened huge portions of land to large-scale open-pit mining projects. Last week, Mindo residents were among the thousands who took to the streets all across Ecuador in a march to demand an end to environmentally destructive mining. Protesters march against mining on March 22, 2018, near Mindo, Ecuador. (Photo: Sophie Moon) Mindo is a small village in the lush, tropical cloud forest that descends from the Andes to the coast just outside of Quito, Ecuador. The cloud forest is home to an abundance of wildlife, such as brightly colored lizards, wild cats, spectacled bear, and over 600 species of birds. Mindo was recently named one of the top 10 places to birdwatch in the world by National Geographic , and those who live there are known for their conservationist stances and fights against oil corporations. The area is so rich in biodiversity that it has won the Audubon Christmas bird count competition seven times with the highest number of species. Last week, Mindo residents were ...
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The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's climate message is now official EPA guidance 29.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
EPA staffers were instructed to underscore the uncertainties about how human activity contributes to climate change.
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A mining firm executive griped to Zinke about federal pollution rules. The secretary apologized. 29.3.2018 Washington Post
A mining firm executive griped to Zinke about federal pollution rules. The secretary apologized.
Cannabis company sells California town it envisioned as a marijuana resort, but pipe dream isn't dead 27.3.2018 LA Times: Business

Could plans to turn an old California ghost town into a marijuana mecca be going up in smoke?

Cannabis technology company American Green Inc., which bought Nipton for $5 million last year, has sold it to another company in a deal worth $7.7 million, acknowledging that it struggled to raise the...

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Judge: Less mining must be studied for No. 1 US coal region 27.3.2018 AP Business
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A judge has ruled U.S. government officials engaged in regional planning for an area that supplies 40 percent of the nation's coal must consider reducing coal mining to fight climate change....
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How an Indigenous Woman Left Her Mark on a Tumultuous Presidential Campaign in Mexico 25.3.2018 Truthout.com
In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. "Mexico has been kidnapped by those in power, and with your help we're going to get her back!" said María de Jesús Patricio at a political rally on 11 February. Her supporters filled the plaza outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes -- a historic cultural hub in the heart of Mexico City -- to listen to the woman that they hope can bring about a radical change in Mexican society.   Marichuy, as Patricio is commonly known, is an indigenous Nahua healer from the state of Jalisco in western Mexico. She was nominated by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) , a coalition of 58 indigenous groups, as their spokesperson to represent them in this year's presidential campaigns. Though she did not succeed in collecting the required number of signatures to stand in the elections, expected 1 July 2018, the CNI says they will not be deterred. "After the 2018 elections ...
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He Survived the Las Vegas Massacre. And He’s Protesting for the First Time. 24.3.2018 Mother Jones
It’s a long drive from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Salt Lake City, Utah, about six hours of plains, canyons, mountains, and time to think. Royce Christensen, a 22-year old survivor of the Vegas Strip massacre last October, has a lot on his mind. He’s on the road today so he join the March for Our […]
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Mystery solved: Tiny skeleton belonged to a human girl with a combination of rare genetic defects 22.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

In the 14 years since it was found in an abandoned mining town in Chile’s Atacama Desert, the bizarre 6-inch skeleton has inspired fervid speculation, including theories of unearthly origins.

It had 10 pairs of ribs — two fewer than the normal human complement — and an elongated skull with a pronounced...

Mining company challenges EPA order for Superfund site study near Gold King 22.3.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
A mining company is formally challenging an Environmental Protection Agency order to pay for an investigation of underground water flows at a Colorado Superfund site.
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Company Towns Are Still with Us 21.3.2018 American Prospect
On a May morning in 1920, a train pulled into town on the Kentucky–West Virginia border. Its passengers included a small army of armed private security guards, who had been dispatched to evict the families of striking workers at a nearby coal mine. Meeting them at the station were the local police chief—a Hatfield of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud—and several out-of-work miners with guns. The private dicks and the local militia produced competing court orders. The street erupted in gunfire. When the smoke cleared, ten men lay dead—including two striking miners, the town mayor, and seven of the hired guns. The striking miners had worked for the Stone Mountain Coal Company, in mines located outside the city limits of Matewan. There, they rented homes that were owned by their employer, shopped at a general store that was owned by their employer, and paid in a company-generated form of “cash” that could only be spent at that company store. When they joined a United Mine Workers organizing drive and struck ...
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