Report into Leduc Fire Services describes ‘poisoned work environment,’ mishandled complaints - Edmonton

An independent investigation ordered after two Leduc firefighters alleged sexual assault, harassment, bullying and discrimination in the workplace was recently made public. Third-party investigators uncovered what they described as a “psychologically unsafe and harmful culture” at Leduc Fire Services, “serious, systemic and long-standing misconduct,” and that management “failed to provideContinue Reading

Mexican gray wolf captured near Angel Fire | Environment

A Mexican gray wolf that migrated a historic distance northward has been captured and will likely be released south of the U.S.-Mexico border in April, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency, which oversees the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program in southern New Mexico, made the announcementContinue Reading

Back Forty: A tribe’s quest for fire

Back Forty will bring you periodic reviews, interviews and reporter insights about the stories they wrote. We hope you enjoy it as a companion to our main content on and our Ag Insider policy news site. You can subscribe to the newsletter below. Evan Larson cuts a cross section fromContinue Reading

Weaver fire sparks $1 million WFU environmental justice grant

The January 2022 fire at the Winston Weaver fertilizer plant was a “wake-up call” that inspired a $1 million Melon Foundation grant to Wake Forest University for the creation of a program aimed at advancing environmental justice locally, the school announced this past week. The sun sets at the siteContinue Reading

Volusia County reports its corrections director created a hostile work environment, seeks to fire him

 Volusia County seeks to fire its Corrections Director Mark Flowers after the government agency reported a seven-month internal affairs investigation revealed he had created a “hostile work environment” and that he violated inmates’ rights, according to a press release. Flowers — who was hired on May 17, 2014 and was promoted to correctionsContinue Reading

Water? Fire? Bad smells? These environmental stories shaped Southern California in 2022 – Orange County Register

Throughout 2022, lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. set lofty goals — and laid out significant funds — in an effort to slow climate change and improve the environment. And Southern California already is benefitting from those efforts, with billions of dollars directed to install new electric vehicle charging stations,Continue Reading

Why plastic is building up at recycling centers and catching fire

Recycling plants are amassing millions of tons of plastic bottles, the Environmental Protection Agency says, with some becoming part of a growing problem of toxic fires at these plants, according to data provided by environmental advocates. Critics say beverage companies should be doing more to make their products more recyclable.Continue Reading