Elizabeth Shogren http://ualrpublicradio.org en Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/feds-hope-5-billion-settlement-lesson-polluters This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.<p>"Kerr-McGee's business all over this country left significant, lasting environmental damage," said Deputy U.S. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 21355 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/international-ruling-puts-stop-japans-scientific-whaling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Whale lovers scored a major victory today. For almost two decades, Japanese whalers have been killing whales in the Antarctic Ocean. The Japanese government claimed it was all for scientific, not commercial, purposes. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that today, an international court rejected that claim and said the whaling must stop.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Eighteen years ago, the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 21110 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/why-exxon-valdez-spill-was-eureka-moment-science <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 20696 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 19416 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/state-dept-delivers-unwelcome-news-keystone-opponents The U.S. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 18322 at http://ualrpublicradio.org State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/water-companies-cant-monitor-all-chemicals-theres-too-many The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom Industries earlier this week revealed it had spilled two chemicals, not just one. The second chemical is PPH, a mixture of polygycol ethers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 17923 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/save-threatened-owl-another-species-shot In desperation to save the rare northern spotted owl, biologists are doing something that goes against their core — shooting another owl that's rapidly taking over spotted owl territory across the northwest.<p>"If we don't do it, what we're essentially doing, in my view, is dooming the spotted owl to extinction," says Lowell Diller, senior biologist for Green Diamond, a timber company.<p>The decision to shoot the more aggressive barred owls has been wrenching for biologists and the federal government. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 17583 at http://ualrpublicradio.org To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot The Big Impact Of A Little-Known Chemical In W.Va. Spill http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mysteries-persist-surrounding-west-virginia-chemical-spill The chemical that was found last week to be contaminating the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of West Virginians is used to clean coal. But very little is known about how toxic it is to people or to the environment when it spills.<p>The chemical is called 4-methyl-cyclohexane-methanol, or MCHM. If you've never heard of it, you're in good company. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 17432 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/scientists-new-job-keeping-polar-bears-plight-public The Endangered Species Act, which turns 40 on Saturday, helped bring back iconic species such as the wolf, grizzly bear and bald eagle, after hunting, trapping and pesticides almost wiped those animals out.<p>But a very different kind of threat — global warming — is pushing some species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction.<p>One government biologist discovered the best way he could help save polar bears was to quit his job.<p><strong>A New Kind Of Conservation Problem</strong><p>Several years ago, the polar bear was under consideration for placement on the endangered species list. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:42:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 16696 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Saving The Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/saving-native-prairie-one-black-footed-ferret-time American pioneers saw the endless stretches of grassland of the Great Plains as a place to produce grain and beef for a growing country. But one casualty was the native prairie ecosystem and animals that thrived only there.<p>Some biologists are trying to save the prairies and they've picked a hero to help them: the black-footed ferret. Sun, 01 Dec 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 15360 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Saving The Native Prairie — One Black-Footed Ferret At A Time