ICYMI: Toxic Yoga Pants, Land Back on the Lost Coast & SCOTUS Takes On WOTUS

A weekly roundup for busy people

By Paul Rauber

January 28, 2022


In a study of 32 brands of yoga pants and workout leggings, a quarter of them test positive for organic fluorine, which is indicative of the “forever chemical” PFAS. 

The DC District Court invalidates the Interior Department's offer to lease 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling, ruling that the department had failed to consider the greenhouse gases that would result.

US COVID-19 deaths near 875,000—equivalent to the population of San Francisco

The EPA stops enforcing the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate after a federal judge in Texas issues an injunction against it.

new virus infecting West Coast abalone is protecting them against withering syndrome, a disease that has been decimating both wild and farmed stocks.

Gas stoves are found to leak methane even when turned off. 

The Los Angeles City Council votes to ban new oil and gas wells in the city and to phase out old ones.

In its first year, the Biden administration approved 3,557 oil and gas drilling permits on public lands, 34 percent more than the Trump administration approved in the same period. 

A federal court blocks the Mountain Valley gas pipeline from crossing underneath the Appalachian Trail.  

The Interior Department cancels two crucial leases for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

Wilderness outfitters and guiding companies operating on federal land will have to pay their workers minimum wage and overtime.

California’s Save the Redwoods League transfers more than 500 acres on the Lost Coast to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, which represents 10 Native tribes whose ancestors were forcibly removed from the land by white settlers.  

Florida wildlife officials are feeding starving manatees lettuce and cabbage.

Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, emerges from five years of criminal probation for killing eight people in a gas pipeline explosion. During its probation, the company was held responsible for 30 wildfires, the destruction of 23,000 homes, and more than 100 deaths.

SCOTUS takes on WOTUS—“waters of the US,” a case that may limit the scope of the Clean Water Act. 

Australia sets a new Southern Hemisphere heat record in the northwestern town of Onslow, with a temperature of 123.26°F.