April 30, 1988:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues a total ban on the sale of chlordane
, a cancer-causing pesticide that had been used for decades on crops, lawns, and gardens. Banned for those uses in 1983, EPA places it off limits as an anti-termite chemical as well.
April 30, 2009:
Battered by waves and steady erosion, the Alaskan Arctic village of Shishmaref completes its relocation to safer ground
. Located on gravel spit on the northwestern Alaska coast, Shishmaref had been protected from winter storms by a thick layer of shore ice. But the ice has declined dramatically in recent years, with winter storms taking direct aim at the streets and buildings of the town. At right, a Shishmaref Inuit stands on a snowy outcropping.
April 30, 2010:
In response to the growing Deepwater Horizon
spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama orders a halt to any new offshore drilling without improved safeguards.
April 30, 2012:
Al Almendariz, EPA’s Dallas Regional Administrator for, resigns in the wake of a firestorm over comments he made two years earlier
. Praised by environmentalists and targeted by the oil and gas industry, Almendariz had likened EPA’s enforcement policy to a Roman crucifixion. But the former college professor came under assault, and ultimately got nailed.
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