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EPA Adds Prison Locations to its Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

EJ activists celebrate move as an advance in the struggle to recognize the environmental rights of prisoners

As an environmental reporter, it’s not every day that I get to communicate good news — the state of our environment often feels pretty bleak. But today, at least, there is a victory to celebrate: Thanks to the persistence of a small…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – September 21, 2017

Likely Carcinogen Contaminates Drinking Water of 90 Million Americans, Report Finds

Trump's pick to head chemical safety office at EPA has downplayed dangers of the toxin, say advocates

According to a new report by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, the drinking water of more than a quarter of Americans — some 90 million people — tested postive for a likely carcinogen known as 1,4-dioxane between 2010 and 2015. And public…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – September 6, 2017

“We’re All in the Same Boat”

Mustafa Ali

Mustafa Ali has dedicated his life to combating environmental injustice, to lifting up communities in need, and to taking inspiration from grassroots advocacy. So when the Trump Administration announced plans earlier this year to slash funding for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – including the possibility of axing the agency’s environmental justice office entirely – Ali knew he had to take a stand. photo Environmental Change and Security Program In March, Ali…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Autumn 2017

DOJ Withdraws Plan for Kentucky Prison on Mountaintop-Removal Site

Proposed prison would have been terrible for prisoner health and local wildlife, say advocates

Last month the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) withdrew its request for funding for construction of a maximum-security prison atop a former mountaintop-removal coal-mining site in eastern Kentucky. The proposed $444 million facility, planned for Letcher County, has faced ongoing opposition…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – June 30, 2017

Enduring Torture and Death Threats in Service of Conservation

If Virunga is threatened again, “I will be there,” says Congolese ranger and Goldman Prize recipient

The trials that Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo have overcome as a warden in Virunga National Park are hard to imagine from my Bay Area home — he’s been beaten and kidnapped, threatened with death, and tortured. He’s gone undercover to document the transgressions of…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – April 23, 2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Friend or Foe of the Environment?

Supreme Court nominee has a sparse record when it comes to environmental cases, but many public interest groups are worried

Next week, the Senate is expected to vote on whether to put Judge Neil Gorsuch on the highest court in the United States. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill a Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia more than…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – March 30, 2017

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Youth Voices Are Powerful

In many ways, Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced Shoe-Tez-Caht) Martinez is a typical teen. He’s passionate about music, concerned about his homework, and peppers his speech with words like “yo” and “damn.” In other ways, he’s not so typical: At just 16 years old, he has more experience fighting for the environment than most people twice his age, more than most people, period. Raised in the Aztec tradition and aware early on of the connection…
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by: Zoe Loftus-Farren – Spring 2017

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