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EPA sued over inaction on factory farm air pollution

A coalition of environment, animal-welfare and community health organizations filed two lawsuits against EPA today, claiming the agency has failed to address air pollution from factory farms.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Environmental Integrity Project are leading the charge, claiming the EPA has not fulfilled its duty to protect citizens. The groups filed...

Washington reporters outline environmental stories they expect

On Friday, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a panel titled The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy at the Center’s Washington, D.C., headquarters., The panel featured some of D.C.’s top environmental writers and editors talking about what we could expect from Congress and the President this...

May an unforgettable book like this never have to be written again

“Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation”
By Dan Fagin
Bantam Books, New York. 2013.

Every few years, a science or environmental book comes along that’s so well-written that it not only reaches a broad audience, but nabs nearly every major award on its way to becoming a classic.

From black liquor to phosphorus to transparency, issues confront Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly is seated.

Maryland Lawmakers returned to Annapolis last week to meet as the General Assembly, with a full agenda and some different faces. Perhaps the most noticeable one will be Larry Hogan, the state’s new governor, and only the third Republican in the last 50 years to hold the office. His former boss, Robert Ehrlich, was the second, and before...

Back story on a disappearing island

This Thursday, the Bay Journal will be joining Dan Rodricks on WYPR in Baltimore for our monthly radio show, Midday on the Bay.

The topic this month: barrier islands; the future of open-space preservation in Maryland, and a look at what’s happening in the General Assembly as a new governor squares off against the environmental community in the wake of promises to roll back...

Efforts underway to trash marine debris

One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure, but in the nation’s waterways, all of man’s trash is a threat to marine life.

Whether it’s the whale who died in the Chesapeake Bay recently after swallowing a DVD case or the terrapins that get trapped in ghost crab pots and left to die, non-living things left in the waterways end up hazards to the animals we are trying to...

Midday on the Bay available for listening

Here's my question about that, which I didn't get to ask on the air: For the past two decades, Maryland counties have had the right to impose stormwater fees. So have cities. How many did it before the EPA made them? One. Montgomery County. So even though counties could do it, they did not.

Holland Island: one photo tells a tale

For Come High Water, the sea-level rise package that Bay Journal staff produced with Maryland Sea Grant’s Chesapeake Quarterly, four reporters fanned out across Maryland and Virginia to tell the story of rising waters. With the help of our editors, our layout artists and graphics guru Sandy Rogers, we produced more than a dozen stories about rising waters. Those stories include...

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About Rona Kobell

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Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. She has began her journalism career at The Jerusalem Post, then moved to Washington, D.C., to become a writer and editor for Public Risk, a trade journal. She worked for newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and her hometown of Pittsburgh before joining The Baltimore Sun in 2000 where she became its Chesapeake Bay reporter in 2004. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy.

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