Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Water war

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Florida vs. Georgia case

Drought and water consumption are part of the problem for the the near historic low water levels for the Flint River. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it plans to hear the Florida vs. Georgia water rights case this term, setting up what could be final arguments in this long-running and expensive legal fight. In an order issued on Tuesday morning, the high court did not set a date for oral arguments but said it would hear them “in due course.” The announcement comes after a Supreme Court-appointed special master rejected in February Florida’s argument that Georgia’s water consumption should be limited.


Will the EPA remove the San Jacinto Waste Pits?

Houston Press, EcoWatch & Emergency Management

When EPA chief Scott Pruitt toured the San Jacinto Waste Pits after Hurricane Harvey ripped through the area, he said the federal agency would make a decision by Oct. 14 about whether to remove, dredge or permanently cap the waste pits. The debate over what to do about the Superfund site nestled on the edge of the San Jacinto River has been raging ever since the site was deemed toxic and given a temporary cap back in 2011. But now it's crunch time.


Nate slams Mississippi in extreme hurricane year

Washington Post, & Quartz

Hurricane Nate lashed Mississippi on Sunday morning, causing power outages and some flooding before racing north and weakening into a tropical depression. It is the fourth hurricane to make U.S. landfall this year in what has been an extraordinary season for tropical cyclones. This time, the damage was not as acute.