Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Shell games?

No decision yet on Chesapeake's 2 oyster sanctuaries

Kevin Haigis of Capital SUP holds a cleaned oyster after it was taken from an oyster cage at the South Annapolis Yacht Center in Annapolis. This is the oysters final cleaning before being collected by the Oyster Recovery Partnership and planted on a sanctuary reef in the Severn River. (Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette

Capital Gazette

Capital Gazette & WJZ Baltimore

It’s been five months and there’s still no decision on where two new oyster sanctuaries will be located within Maryland. The sanctuaries are part of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which calls on the state to restore native oyster populations in five tributaries of the bay by 2025 as well guarantee they will remain protected. Part of the holdup may be that there's no timeline to hold anyone accountable.


Is there more than GenX in N.C.’s drinking water?

StarNewsOnline.com, N.C. Health News & Coastal Review

The potential that yet another chemical from Chemours’ North Carolina plant could be found in the local drinking water spurred Cape Fear Public Utility Authority officials to push state regulators for access to records showing what has been discharged from the plant beyond GenX. Meanwhile, the newest GenX lawsuit accuses the company of downplaying its own toxicology studies.


How D.C.'s wipes case ended up in federal court

Texas Public Radio, Kimberly-Clark & NACWA

Wet wipes come in all shapes and sizes. As many wastewater treatment plant operators know, those wipes can end up in the drain and combine with grease, creating "fatbergs" that clog up pipes. Washington, D.C., has created its own wipes standards, but the wipes industry says its products already meet "flushability" requirements. Now that argument has landed in court.