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Gretsas Faces His Own Black Friday This Week

“As I wrote Tuesday, Long serves on the city’s planning and zoning board and also is board chairman of the Palm Beach County Soil and Water Conservation District. Long used his district email account to send a recent finding by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that the level of some carcinogens in Delray Beach’s water...
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Delray Beach gives planning board member one last chance to retract water-quality comments

“City Commissioners agreed Tuesday to take the unprecedented action of removing Planning and Zoning Board member Rob Long next month if he refuses to retract statements concerning Delray Beach‘s water quality. At issue was a column Long wrote about a recent news release issued by an environmental watchdog group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or...
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Trump appoints adviser to Chemical Safety Board

“President Trump quietly appointed a new senior adviser to the federal agency responsible for investigating industrial chemical accidents — a surprise move late in the president’s lame-duck term. “This looks like an effort by the Trump administration to get someone ‘burrowed in’ that they like before they leave,” said Paula Dinerstein, general counsel for Public...
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Orlando’s secret life of sewers: What workers hope you never know

“Florida has hundreds of private and public sewers. They are vital for protecting human health. They can be an asset or a villain in the struggle to heal sickly rivers and coastal waters. Sewage challenges will amplify with population growth and as rising sea levels drown sewers of coastal cities. Gravity is the king of...
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Letter to the Editor: More lessons from the pandemic

“The Nov. 15 editorial “To catch a killer” ​was spot on as far as the world’s need to learn from the current pandemic to prevent the next one. It identified several concrete steps but omitted one. ​A​ travesty​ occurred​ in ​April​ when President Trump, based on a comment from a far​-​right media outlet​, ​knee​-​jerked and ordered that the National...
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Trump Names Ex-Northrop Exec as Chemical Safety Board Adviser

“President Donald Trump‘s late-in-term appointment of a former Northrop Grumman Corp. vice president as an adviser to the federal chemical safety board has raised eyebrows in the worker advocacy community. As the Trump administration winds down, there is also the question of Lemos’s continued role at the agency. Presidents have statutory authority to remove agency...
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‘Forever chemicals’ found in Chesapeake seafood and Maryland drinking water

“More testing has found so-called “forever chemicals” in a striped bass, blue crab and oyster from the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in drinking water from household taps in Maryland’s Montgomery County. Laboratory analyses released by the nonprofit group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility detected 16 different per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the...
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Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia On the Offensive Again

“Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia wants to purge a member of the planning and zoning board for saying something that she didn’t like. Rob Long is that board member. A civil engineer by training, he’s also chairman of the Palm Beach County Soil and Water Conservation District. Like the planning and zoning board, it’s an...
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NASA loses bid to list contaminated tract as historic site

“The National Park Service has issued a first-round denial to NASA’s request to conserve one of America’s most contaminated sites, a move that critics said would allow the government to sidestep cleanup efforts. NASA applied to add the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Los Angeles, the site of thousands of rocket tests and a partial...
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