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  • Representative Debbie Dingell Delivers Democratic Weekly Address
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    Weekly Democratic Address

    In the weekly Democratic address, Representative Debbie Dingell (MI) talked about House-passed legislation, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, dealing with Environmental Protection Agency…

  • Cuyahoga River Fire 50th Anniversary
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    Cuyahoga River Fire 50th Anniversary

    The Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 helped galvanize the clean water and environmental movements, even though it was not the worst fire the polluted river had seen. Historian David Stradling…

  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Viewers responded to the question, “Do you support state and local bans on plastic?” States such as Oregon, California, New York and Hawaii have enacted laws that ban single-use plastic…

  • emA Terrible Thing to Wasteem
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    A Terrible Thing to Waste

    Bioethicist Harriet Washington talked about her book, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind, in which she detailed how environmental hazards…

  • emA Rock Between Two Riversem
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    A Rock Between Two Rivers

    Hugh Fitzsimons talked about his book, A Rock Between Two Rivers: The Fracturing of a Texas Family Ranch, in which he reflected on the impact of fracking on his family’s ranch.

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    Chip Jacobs, co-author of, Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles, shared the history of air pollution in Southern California and looks at what the future holds for the car-centric…

  • Federal Officials Unveil Plan to Combat Lead Exposure
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    Combating Lead Exposure

    Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Andrew Wheeler unveiled President Trump’s plan to combat lead exposure at the the agency' headquarters. He outlined the main goals of…

  • Washington Journal Jeremy Dillon Discusses Yucca Mountain  Nuclear Waste Storage
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    Jeremy Dillon on Yucca Mountain and Nuclear Waste Storage

    CQ Roll Call Energy and Environment Reporter Jeremy Dillon discussed Yucca Mountain and the issue of nuclear waste storage. Earlier in the week, on Thursday, the House passed a measure,…

  • Jeremy Dillon on Nuclear Waste Storage
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    Jeremy Dillon on Nuclear Waste Storage

    Jeremy Dillon talked about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage legislation to be debated on the House floor the following week.

  • Hearing Examines Efforts to Reduce Wildland Fire Risk
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    Wildlfire Reduction

    Wildfire experts and government officials testified at a hearing on how wildfires can be reduced through the use of technology. Topics included budget cuts, climate change, better community…

  • Robert Kennedy Jr Says Hes Agreed to Chair Commission on Vaccine Safety
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    Robert Kennedy, Jr. at Trump Tower

    Robert Kennedy Jr., the son of the late New York Senator Robert Kennedy, will be chairing a commission on vaccine safety under the Trump Administration. He met with the President-elect at…

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    Between Two Fires

    Stephen Pyne talked about his book, Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America, about man’s relationship with wildfires and how views on and policies for managing them have changed over time. Mr.…

  • HUD Secretary Julian Castro Delivers Remarks on Lead Exposure
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    Lead Exposure in Low-Income Communities

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro talked about lead exposure in low-income communities, followed by a panel discussion on the topic. Secretary Castro announced the…

  • Washington Journal Brigham McCown on Oil Transport Safety
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    Oil Transport Safety

    Brigham McCown talked about oil train derailments and pipeline spills and the debate over which mode of transportation is safest.

  • Hearing on Hydraulic Fracturing
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    Hydraulic Fracturing

    Researchers and regulators testified at a hearing on the safety of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” methods used to extract oil and natural gas. “Fracking” is the process of…

  • Washington Journal Erin Brockovich on Colorado Toxic Metal Spill
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    Erin Brockovich on EPA Toxic River Spill

    Erin Brokovich talked about her criticisms of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to and role in the accidental release of toxic metals into Colorado’s Animas river…

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    Twelve Monkeys and a Green Jacket

    Robert Mullins talked about his book, 12 Monkeys and a Green Jacket, about the history of Lake Olmstead in Augusta, Georgia. Created as a product of the Augusta Canal’s enlargement of 1873, Lake Olmstead was a popular tourist…

  • Washington Journal Gene Karpinski on EPA Clean Power Rule
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    Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Rule

    Gene Karpinski talked about the release of a final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean power rule, as well as the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Michigan v. EPA on the…

  • Hearing on Coal Ash Disposal
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    Environmental Protection Agency Coal Ash Rule

    Federal regulators and energy industry officials testified at a House Environment Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the disposal of coal ash from power plants and its effects on…

  • QA with Jerry Ensminger and Rachel Libert
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    Q&A with Jerry Ensminger and Rachel Libert

    Jerry Ensminger and Rachel Libert discussed their documentary on retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, which chronicles his efforts on behalf of Marines and their families…

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