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EPA Updates its 3Ts Guidance for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water 17.10.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick, is a Project Manager. Tom Neltner, J.D., is the Chemicals Policy Director. Earlier this month, EPA released its updated 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit, which provides guidance for schools and child care facilities seeking to ensure children are safe from lead in water.  The new 3Ts – an update to the agency’s […]
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Feehan, Hagedorn debate Trump, tariffs and farming 13.10.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
An MPR News debate between the two candidates for the 1st Congressional District got heated - and they didn't agree on much.
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Lifeguard at deadly beach predicted a future sand collapse 6.10.2018 News
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) - A lifeguard at a beach in New Jersey where three people died when the sand collapsed under their feet as they walked along the shoreline said a year after the most recent death that "we know it's going to happen again."
With Electric Scooters, Road Space Isn’t So Black and White After All 6.10.2018 THE CITY FIX
Over the last year, electric scooters have sped onto the streets of some of America’s largest cities, delighting many riders but also surprising and confusing pedestrians and drivers who aren’t quite sure how to deal with them. Do they belong ...
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B.C.'s thirsty LNG industry is a threat to water supplies 4.10.2018 - News for the rest of us
Emma Lui On Monday, a consortium of big energy players made a final investment decision that approved LNG Canada, a $40-billion fracked gas project, paving the way for more fracking in B.C. This decision was made on the heels of water restrictions for fracking companies in the northeastern corner of the province due to drought. CBC reports , "The LNG Canada project will see a pipeline carrying natural gas from Dawson Creek in northeastern B.C. to a new processing plant on the coast in Kitimat. There, the gas would be liquefied for overseas export." The five primary investors include Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi Corp., Malaysian-owned Petronas, PetroChina Co., and Korean Gas Corp.  LNG project approved despite droughts, wildfires and need to curb climate change Monday night's decision gives the green light to a very thirsty industry that will abuse even more water at a time when water supplies are unpredictable.  As more than 500 forest fires burned across B.C. this summer, drought warnings were also ...
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How much would it cost Trudeau to implement the right to water? 3.10.2018 - News for the rest of us
Emma Lui The 2019 Alternative Federal Budget released last week outlines how much funding the Trudeau government needs to allocate in the 2019 budget -- leading up to the federal election -- to protect drinking water and watersheds. The water chapter of the Alternative Federal Budget notes: "Canada must take action to recognize water as a human right, a shared commons and a public trust. The United Nations has declared human rights to water and sanitation in several resolutions as well as in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now that Canada has passed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), it must obtain free, prior and informed consent from Indigenous peoples on all laws, projects and policies affecting water." It calls for adequate funding to: End drinking water advisories in First Nations. Reinstate federal funding for water programs at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada.  Implement a comprehensive action plan ...
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How feasible is California's carbon-free-by-2045 goal? 3.10.2018
Key point: The law does not define "zero-carbon".
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The good, the bad and the ugly in NAFTA 2.0 2.10.2018 - News for the rest of us
Sujata Dey At midnight on Sunday, Canada and the U.S. agreed on a new NAFTA deal, one which would now be called the USMCA, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Here is the good, the bad and the ugly within the agreement. Good news first No Chapter 11 between the U.S. and Canada For many years, the Council of Canadians and others have been advocating to get rid of Chapter 11, the investor-state dispute-settlement (ISDS) process. These are the provisions that allow corporations to sue countries over decisions, even if they are made in the public interest. For years, Canada has faced corporate lawsuits that made provinces renounce public auto insurance, accept toxins and pay for refusing dangerous quarries. Now, at the request of the U.S., there will be no ISDS process between U.S. and Canada. This is a paradigm shift for Canada, which has been actively promoting the mechanism in deals such as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe (CETA) and the new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP),and the ...
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Keeyask Generation Project is another dam problem 28.9.2018 - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson The Keeyask Project is a hydro-electric dam project that has been under construction since July 2014 on the Nelson River within Treaty 5 territory in northern Manitoba, about 725 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. Manitoba Hydro is the majority shareholder in the project with the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation, and Fox Lake Cree Nation holding a 25 per cent share in the mega-project. The Flin Flon Reminder recently reported that "work slated for the project throughout the rest of 2018 includes completion of river diversion and spillway work, powerhouse unit construction and the pouring of more than 100,000 cubic metres of concrete." The generating station could be operational as early as the fall of 2020. And even though the four First Nations are partners in the project, major concerns are being raised about the impacts of the dam. Like the Site C dam in Treaty 8 territory in northern British Columbia or the Muskrat Falls dam that will impact ...
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What California’s history of groundwater depletion can teach us about successful collective action 27.9.2018 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
What California’s history of groundwater depletion can teach us about successful collective action
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California becomes eighth state to require licensed child care centers to test and remediate lead in water 25.9.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick, is a Project Manager. Tom Neltner, J.D., is the Chemicals Policy Director. Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will better protect children in the state from the harmful effects of lead exposure. AB 2370, sponsored by Assembly Member Chris Holden and passed unanimously by state lawmakers, sets forth new requirements for licensed child […]
The United States of Free Trade 22.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
In 1824 the Supreme Court held protectionist state laws unconstitutional. Wild prosperity ensued.
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Eagles' Chris Long on his charitable giving: 'Fans can be the backbone of this kind of work' 22.9.2018 News
Behind the scenes, Long's foundation supports people experiencing homelessness, underserved youth, and military veterans. It also funds access to clean water in Tanzania, a project called the Waterboys.
The Con in Foxconn Wisconsin 21.9.2018 American Prospect
This summer, the roar of bulldozers replaced the sound of tractors over thousands of agricultural acres outside of Racine in southeastern Wisconsin. Road, water, and electricity infrastructure construction was well under way for a new industrial complex for Foxconn, the Taiwan-based technology giant. In the project’s master plan, Foxconn will eventually own 4.5 square miles of once-prime Wisconsin farmland, an expanse about a fourth the size of the city limits of nearby Racine, population 77,000. The main 24-inch water main will have the capacity to deliver more than 20 million gallons a day of high-quality Great Lakes water (home to 21 percent of the world's remaining supply), although initial usage has been promised to be much less. Foxconn has pledged to be good environmental stewards, even as Wisconsin has waived many of its basic environmental regulations in order to expedite the project. The company has promised to build a $9 billion to $10 billion sprawling industrial complex which will employ “up ...
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Hey, Ford! Wellington county's water is not a commodity, it's a human right 19.9.2018 - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) has a number of campaigns underway, including their most widely recognized campaign Say No To Nestlé! encouraging the provincial government to phase out bottled water extraction over the next 10 years. Wellington Water Watchers acknowledge that water is a basic human right. Their campaign, Water for Life, Not Profit, focused on Nestlé's Aberfoyle plant which has pumped more than 1.1 billion liters of water since its permit expired 24 months ago. This is only one of two permits Nestlé has in the area. Erin's permit expired almost a year ago but Nestlé continues bottling water from that well too. Together, these two permits allow Nestlé to draw up to 4.7 million litres of water daily from Wellington county's aquifer -- the same aquifer residents depend on for all of their water needs. Nestlé purchased a third well in Elora after outbidding the local community of Centre Wellington. A moratorium currently prevents Nestlé from pumping water from this well. And, ...
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Is it time to buy Pennsylvania water stocks? 17.9.2018 News
Pennsylvania's Act 12 was a game changer for private water utilities in the state.
Florence Flooding Threatens to Last for Days 17.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: Asia
Florence doused the Carolinas for a third day with unrelenting rain that unleashed widespread flooding and officials warned that the menace would persist for days.
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How can citizens share responsibility for a polluted river valley basin? 15.9.2018 Energy & Climate |
Here's how France created a system for participatory decision-making for its river water.
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Can Los Angeles use the Hoover Dam as a giant battery? 12.9.2018
Sure, it's an ambitious plan — but the hurdles could be more historical than technical.
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Can Housing Be Affordable Without Being Efficient? 6.9.2018 THE CITY FIX
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to ...
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