Tony Dutzik posted at Streetsblog about new tools state officials can use to account for changing transportation trends in their planning ... The city council in Savannah, Georgia, discussed the findings of our report (with Environment America Research & Policy Center) on industrial discharges of toxic chemicals to waterways, including the local Savannah River ... The city council in South Portland, Maine, voted to ban shipments of tar sands oil from the city's port. A previous attempt to bar such shipments was defeated by Big Oil companies following an expensive "astroturf" organizing effort we detailed in a July report.
New on the Blog
Tony Dutzik points to new Census data that show a continued slow shift away from car commuting and continued increases in transit use ... Elizabeth Ridlington dissects media coverage of a recent study on the impact of fracking on drinking water ... Tom Van Heeke celebrates his slightly longer commute, the price to be paid for a new subway station that has unlocked transit-oriented development near Boston ... Frontier Group's August Update includes news on the states that are leading the nation in solar energy, new evidence of growing child poverty in America's suburbs, and the FDA guidelines that are supposed to slash antibiotics use on factory farms, but won't.
New Report: Weak Medicine
Livestock often are fed antibiotics so that they grow faster with less feed and can remain healthy in the unsanitary, disease-laden conditions common on factory farms, despite the fact that this overuse of antibiotics contributes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In response, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked pharmaceutical companies to stop the sale of antibiotics to farms for animal “growth promotion.” Weak Medicine explains why the FDA’s action is unlikely to put a serious dent in antibiotic use on factory farms. (8/26/14) (Photo: Jeff Vanuga, USDA/NRCS)
New Report: America's Dirtiest Power Plants
America’s power plants are among the leading global sources of the dangerous carbon pollution that is fueling global warming. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan, America now has a blueprint for bold action that would cut power plant pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. In America’s Dirtiest Power Plants, we document the global scale of U.S. power plant pollution and the urgent need to strengthen and implement the Clean Power Plan. (9/18/14) (Photo: James Marvin Phelps)