Infrastructure

Unsafe Levels Of E. Coli Found In Paris’ Seine River As Olympics Near

"Water in the Seine River had unsafe elevated levels of E. coli less than two months before swimming competitions are scheduled to take place in it during the Paris Olympics, according to test results published Friday."

Source: AP, 06/17/2024

"EPA To Disband Red Hill Oversight Group Amid Navy Complaints"

"HONOLULU — A community-led group formed to provide public oversight of the Navy’s Red Hill fuel facility will be shut down after the committee refused to cede control of the meetings to the military."

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat, 06/14/2024

"California Heat Protections At Risk From Push To Exclude Prisons"

"A proposal to exclude prisons from California's long-awaited rules to protect indoor workers from extreme heat threatens to delay implementation until well into the summer or kill off the safeguards altogether, labour rights advocates say."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 06/14/2024

"Watchdog: EPA Not Ready To Alert Public To Lead In Drinking Water"

"More than seven years after Congress mandated that EPA swiftly alert the public to surges in lead contamination in drinking water, EPA’s inspector general has found the agency still isn’t ready to roll out an action plan."

Source: E&E News, 06/12/2024

"FERC Gives Green Light To Start Up Mountain Valley Pipeline"

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted approval on Tuesday to Equitrans Midstream Corp. to start operations at its Mountain Valley Pipeline, the final hurdle for the controversial natural gas project that had draw sharp opposition from environmental activists."

Source: Politico, 06/12/2024

"Thousands Across Alabama Live Without Access to Public Water"

"In unincorporated Marion County, around 800 to 900 households—approximately 40 percent of all homes—do not have access to public drinking water, according to government estimates, a figure one water expert called “staggering.”"

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/11/2024

Water, Chemical Industries Challenge Biden’s PFAS Drinking Water Rule

"Lobby groups representing water utilities, as well as the chemical and manufacturing industries, have filed court challenges to a Biden administration rule that seeks to limit the presence of toxic chemicals in drinking water."

Source: The Hill, 06/11/2024

Paris Is Aiming For The Most Sustainable Olympics Yet. Plan Not Perfect

"Of all the decisions Paris Olympics organizers made about where to hold each sport, sending surfing competitions to the other side of the world — in the Pacific waters of Tahiti — provoked the strongest reactions. Tahitians and others railed against the building of a new viewing tower on Teahupo’o reef because of fears it would hurt marine life."

Source: AP, 06/07/2024

"EPA Balked At TVA’s Fossil Fuel Plant, Then Stepped Aside"

"Top EPA officials supported a rebuke of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s environmental review of a gas-fueled power plant this spring, but they backed off when the electric utility ignored their criticism."

Source: E&E News, 06/07/2024

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