Storyfest 2020

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A bird’s-eye view on Maine Yankee, where 60 casks of spent nuclear fuel and four casks of irradiated steel, a type of low-level radioactive waste, stand in a square formation. (Courtesy of Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company)

Northwestern University
Thirty-seven years ago, Congress decided the federal government should be responsible for disposing of the waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants. But it's still in limbo.

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee voted repeatedly to reject Republican amendments to bills that would limit mining around the Grand Canyon and slow uranium mining, before voting to pass the bills out of committee Wednesday. (Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on other tribal lands, Miranda Faulkner reports.

Not unsurprisingly, Democrats and Republicans had opposing views at a House subcommittee meeting Thursday on the future of coal in the United States. (Noah Broder/Medill)

Northwestern University
Medill's Noah Broder reports from a House hearing, which looked at the value of coal to our economy. Dems called for more environmental controls, while the GOP stressed its importance to our energy infrastructure.

Detroit-based Firefly Drone Shows is putting on CIVANA’s Fourth of July drone show in Carefree. (Photo courtesy of Firefly Drone Shows)

Arizona State University
For some metro Phoenix residents, the steady drumbeat of Fourth of July fireworks were replaced with the high-pitched whine of electric motors as hundreds of drones took to the sky. Reported by Dylan Simard.

Despite an increase in extreme weather, like that of 2012's superstorm Sandy, research tends to suggest that extreme weather does not have a lasting impact on public opinion. Shown here are areas of Long Island, N.Y., following Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30, 2012. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson/U.S. Coast Guard)

Planet Forward Reporter | SUNY Purchase
Jeremy Deaton, a journalist for Nexus Media News and creator of Climate Chat, talked with Planet Forward about navigating climate change deniers, conservative interest in the environment, and climate policy.
Northwestern University
Medill's Emily Wong reports on several student organizations at Northwestern University which hosted an ongoing stream of pop-up used clothing sales throughout spring quarter.

In 1987, Congress designated Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert as the permanent repository for all U.S. nuclear waste, and spent $15 billion on the site throughout the years. But facing strong local opposition, the site was never put into use and the project was abandoned. (White House photo)

Northwestern University
A bipartisan group of senators revives the longstanding issue of where to store and dispose of nuclear waste with a new bill proposing centralized interim storage, reports Medill's Kimberly Jin.
The Florida Everglades

The Everglades play an important part in the water cycle of South Florida. (U.S. National Park Service)

Planet Forward Reporter | SUNY Purchase
Florida's population is growing — and so is its demand for water. What can the Sunshine State do to bolster its freshwater reserves and restore balance to its ecosystem?
Potomac river at sunset.

(Skeeze/Pixabay)

The George Washington University
The Potomac Riverkeeper Network will expand its water quality monitoring and move towards a cleaner river with the acquisition of the Sea Dog boat and launch of the Swimmable Potomac Campaign.

President Obama visits the Grand Canyon in 2009 with park rangers. (Pete Souza/White House)

George Washington University
Working in the federal government reminded me of why implementing large-scale change can be so frustrating yet still so worthwhile.

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