NRDC in the News Weekly Highlights: March 28, 2016
1. The New York Times highlighted NRDC court filings and a new public relations campaign to defend the Clean Power Plan in advance of a federal court hearing on the rule. The filings were also covered by Politico and Bloomberg Government, which quoted David Doniger that “the Clean Power Plan stands on solid legal ground.” Samantha Williams also explained to Midwest Energy News that while the Supreme Court stay is in effect, states such as Ohio should continue to move forward with cutting their own carbon emissions.
2. Morgan Wyenn spoke to the Los Angeles Times and KPCC—Southern California Public Radio about an NRDC victory in a multi-year lawsuit against the Port of Los Angeles and Burlington Northern Santa Fe over a railyard project that would increase toxic air pollution for nearby communities. “This is just not the right location for a rail yard. Anytime you concentrate that many trucks in one small area, the air pollution for that area is going to increase, no matter the way you look at it,” Morgan said.
3. The San Francisco Chronicle ran an op-ed from Max Baumhefner on the impact of a new agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations in the city, including in disadvantaged communities where zero-emission vehicles are needed most.
4. Sharon Buccino talked to The Washington Post on the worsening financial crisis for big coal companies across the country and their failure to pay for the cleanup of mining sites after they are shut down saying “We should not have to sacrifice the health of the land and its residents to the financial health of coal companies.”
5. David Wallinga spoke to National Geographic about a one-year progress report from President Obama’s Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, noting a failure to reduce misuse of the critical drugs in raising livestock. “The Advisory Council should take a step back and evaluate what’s not working in the U.S. to reach its ultimate goal of reducing widespread overuse of antibiotics,” he said. Politico and Ars Technica also quoted David on the federal antibiotics report.
6. Dana Gunders was a guest on KPCC—Southern California Public Radio “Air Talk with Larry Mantle,” where she discussed a new California bill to improve expiration date labeling in the state, in order to cut down on consumer confusion and reduce food waste.
7. Harvest Public Media—a collaboration of several Midwest radio stations—included Darby Hoover in a story about the prospects of using food waste to produce energy by using anaerobic digestion to generate gas, where Darby explained that “Anaerobic digestion is one promising piece of a much larger puzzle to solve the food waste problem.” KUNC—Northern Colorado Public Radio, and KMUW—Wichita Public Radio also ran the story.
8. Joel Reynolds discussed the top candidate in consideration to lead California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District board, Wayne Nastri, with the Los Angeles Times, saying “He has a strong environmental record, a good sense of strategy and an understanding of how important the public is in environmental decision-making.”
9. Tracy Quinn spoke to the Associated Press about California’s annual snowpack report, its impact on the drought and possibly on state water conservation regulations. “It’s important to remember we’ve had several years of exceptionally hot and dry weather and it’s going to be a long road to recovery. We don’t know what the next year and several years will bring,” she explained. Tracy was also quoted in the San Jose Mercury News about the report.
10. Rebecca Riley talked to WUIS—Springfield Public Radio in Illinois about the decline of bees in the state. “Last year, 60 percent of Illinois beehives collapsed, devastating beekeepers and putting our favorite fruits and vegetables at risk,” she explained.
11. David Pettit spoke to KPCC—Southern California Public Radio about Governor Jerry Brown dropping his opposition to an environmental review of an expanded lead cleanup around Exide battery recycling plant. “This is the correct thing to do to protect the community,” David said.
12. Alaska Dispatch News reported on the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear Alaska’s legal challenge to the U.S. Forest Service’s so-called “roadless rule,” ending the state’s attempt to circumvent logging rules in the Tongass National Forest. The story quoted Niel Lawrence as saying “It feels terrific to put this case to bed once and for all.”
13. Doug Obegi spoke to the Ventura County Star about Senator Dianne Feinstein and 12 Republic House Members from California asking President Obama to increase pumping of water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. "It's deeply disappointing that the members (of Congress) are demanding that the agencies ignore the biological science and monitoring data on California's fisheries, threatening not just salmon and endangered fisheries, but the thousands of fishing jobs that depend on them,” he said. Doug was also quoted on the topic in Energy and Environment and the Fresno Bee.
14. Jeff Benzak spoke on behalf of E2 with Midwest Energy News about the clean energy sector in Ohio and other Midwest states. “The clean energy economy is growing fast and you’re really starting to see competition heat up between states seeking to attract clean energy business,” he said.
15. A New York Times article featured a study that NRDC has begun with the University of California, Berkley to assess the effect of new car sharing services, such as UberPool and Lyft Carpool, on the number of cars on the road.