April 2, 1978:
The Niagara Falls Gazette
begins publication of reporter Michael Brown's series on the health impacts and contamination in the city's Love Canal neighborhood. Within a year, the Love Canal site becomes synonymous with toxic waste tragedies across the U.S. and around the world.
April 2, 1993:
U.S. President Bill Clinton convenes a "Forest Summit
" in Portland, Oregon, bringing together scientists, timber industry executives and workers and environmentalists.
April 2, 2007:
The U.S. Supreme Court rules against the Bush Administration, clearing the way
for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant (at right). After regaining control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, the Republican leadership launched a furious attack on EPA's regulatory role.
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