Day: November 19, 2021

Webinar: How Journalists Can Report on Toxic Hot Spots

Nov 22, 2021, 2 pm CST
Register here.

Join ProPublica reporters for an in-depth tutorial on how to investigate toxic air pollution in your community by using ProPublica’s first-of-its-kind air toxics map and data.

Rio Grande LNG seeks FERC nod to add carbon capture to project

Read the full story from S&P Global/Platts.

NextDecade LNG has pitched a limited amendment to its federal authorization for the Rio Grande LNG terminal that would allow it to voluntarily capture and store CO2 produced at the terminal.

Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students

Phase one deadline: Apr 1, 2022 by 11:59 PM EST
Informational webinar: Dec 6, 2021, noon ESTRegister here
For more information

Background

Many communities face greater environmental exposures and public health risks due to a history of inequitable environmental policies and access to the decision-making process. Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. 

EPA and partners have launched the Environmental Justice (EJ) Video Challenge for Students to enhance communities’ capacity to address environmental and public health inequities. The goals of the challenge are to: 

  1. Inspire students at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and its territories to work directly with communities in the identification and characterization of EJ challenges using data and publicly available tools, and
  2. Help communities (including residents and other stakeholders) address EJ challenges and/or vulnerabilities to environmental and public health hazards using data and publicly available tools. 

Eligibility

  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students (18 years and older as well as international students under the authority of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 102(2)(F)) enrolled in accredited institutions of higher education (including community colleges) across the United States and its territories.
  • At least one (1) faculty advisor is required to serve as a mentor to teams participating in the Challenge.
  • Only teams who submitted videos in Phase 1 are eligible to participate in Phase 2 of the Challenge.
  • There must be at least one (1) team member from Phase 1 who participates as a team member in Phase 2 of the Challenge. This is to help with continuity in cases where students graduate prior to Phase 2 completion.

The Challenge

This EJ Video Challenge for Students is structured in two separate phases, each with their own timelines.

Phase 1

The goal of Phase 1 is for students to create a video to demonstrate innovative approaches to identify and characterize an EJ issue(s) in a select community using data and publicly available tools. Students will submit a video that meets requirements outlined in the Video Submission Requirements – Phase 1 section below.

Students are strongly encouraged to work in teams and identify and collaborate with community organizations that may bring important understanding and perspective to the EJ challenge(s) the community is facing.

Check out EJ Video Challenge: Tools and Data Resources for ideas to get started. Students are welcome to use other data and publicly available tools that are not already listed.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, students will develop a video to display how they used data and publicly available tools to identify strategies and opportunities to address an identified EJ issue(s) and worked with a community-based organization(s) to inform strategies for intervention and/or facilitated effective community engagement and advocacy on the EJ issues. Details on the specific requirements and prizes for Phase 2 will be shared at a later date.

Eco-Products earns GreenScreen certification for plant-based packaging with no PFAS added

Read the company news release.

Eco-Products® announced today that it has earned the coveted GreenScreen Certified™ Silver designation for its groundbreaking line of compostable plates and containers made from sugarcane.

Called Vanguard™, the award-winning line uses a proprietary chemistry to achieve grease resistance without the use of PFAS, a class of materials sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.” In addition, GreenScreen Certified products do not contain other chemicals of high concern or known regrettable substitutes.

Retro collectors are uncovering hoards of old data

Read the full story in Wired.

Much like baking and crocheting, interest in retrocomputing soared during the pandemic, as the tedium of lockdown forced people to channel their frustrations into creative pursuits. Sales of vintage machines proliferated during the period, and many of these collectors have unsuspectingly amassed vast troves of sensitive personal and information. This presents a challenge, not just for the corporations affected, but for those forced to determine what to do with them.

Companies planning gene-edited strawberries to reduce waste

Read the full story at The Hill.

J.R. Simplot Company and Plant Sciences Inc. (PSI) announced they are expecting to produce the first commercially available, gene-edited strawberries in the next few years. The goal for the gene-edited strawberries is to reduce waste by making the strawberries have a longer shelf life.

EPA enhances scientific integrity and strengthens chemical safety reviews

Read the full story at EHS Daily Advisor.

The EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) on October 14, 2021, announced several actions to enhance scientific integrity and strengthen chemical safety reviews. These actions include the establishment of two new internal science policy advisory councils, the creation of a senior-level science policy advisor to the assistant administrator, and improvements to existing policies and procedures.

EPA’s shift in chemical and hazardous materials regulation and what retailers can expect

Read the full story from Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer.

Retailers need to prepare for a major shift in chemical regulation policy recently announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could affect a broad range of products currently being sold in the US. Under this sweeping new policy, EPA plans to address chemical risks by directly regulating articles that are manufactured with those chemicals. Crowell environmental attorneys, Warren Lehrenbaum and Jennifer Giblin, addressed this and other important developments at EPA in a wide-ranging question and answer session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Environmental racism: A lasting legacy of discrimination

Read the full story in the Daily Egyptian.

The city of Carbondale held a memorial dedication to celebrate the workers of the former Koppers railroad tie site on Oct. 17, shining a light on the legacy of environmental racism and its effect on what are often communities of color.

Plant-based jet fuel could reduce emissions by 68%

Read the full story from the University of Georgia.

Replacing petroleum-based aviation fuel with sustainable aviation fuel derived from a type of mustard plant can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, according to new research.

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