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  ICP has published a (double) book about a variety of inner city-relevant topics, including racism, environmental and otherwise - click here for sample chapters, here for an interactive maphere for fast ordering and delivery, and here for other ordering information.   CBS MarketWatch of April 23, 2004, says the the novel has "some very funny moments," and that the non-fiction mixes "global statistics and first-person accounts."  The Washington Post of March 15, 2004, calls Predatory Bender: America in the Aughts "the first novel about predatory lending;" the London Times of April 15, 2004, "A Novel Approach," said it "has a cast of colorful characters."  See also, "City Lit: Roman a Klepto [Review of ‘Predatory Bender’]," by Matt Pacenza, City Limits, Sept.-Oct. 2004. The Pittsburgh City Paper says the 100-page afterword makes the "indispensable point that predatory lending is now being aggressively exported to the rest of the globe," and opines that that the "novel Predatory Bender: A Story of Subprime Finance may, in fact, be the first great American lending malfeasance novel" including "low-level loan sharks, class-action lawyers, corporate bigwigs, hired muscle, corrupt politicians, Iraq War veterans, Wall Street analysts, reporters and one watchdog with a Web site."  And environmental justice too!  Click here for that review; for or with more information, contact us.

August 8, 2022

 This past week before jetting to Japan UNSG Antonio Guterres intoned that his UN has broken from fossil "fools" companies. False. They are all over his "Global Compact." Guterres is a climate hypocrite.
August 1, 2022

An analysis has listed celebrities causing the maximum private jet pollution and American singer Taylor Swift has topped the list. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is second while rapper Jay-Z, former baseball player A-Rod and American singer Blake Shelton are among the top five. Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Travis Scott are also on the list. Looks like the UN and some others are immune from coverage - watch this site.

July 25, 2022

 A stench that has fouled the air in the Carolinas near Charlotte NC sparked a lawsuit Friday that accuses a paper mill of not gettinga pollution permit and of shutting down a key piece of equipment that was vital to controlling odors. Seven South Carolina residents who say they’ve been affected by noxious odors from the New-Indy paper mill say the company never applied for a key air pollution permit as it turned off a device called a steam stripper. The federal suit asks a court to order New-Indy to eliminate the odors and cut pulp production until the company obtains the air pollution permit. Known as a prevention of significant deterioration permit, the air pollution license is needed by major new industries or big industries making major changes to a plant. 

July 18, 2022

Under Clean Water Act Riverkeeper Sues Bronx Scrap Yard in SDNY With Settlement Predicted

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 16 – Riverkeeper sued Pascap, which owns a scrap metal processing facility by the Hutchinson River in The Bronx.

 On July 14, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Denise L. Cote held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  Counsel for the defendant quickly disclosed he is the judge's neighbor. She recognized the name of his wife, as a former classmate.

It's a small world, and the two counsel resisted setting a trial date, saying they anticipate settling.

The case is Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Pascap Co., Inc., 22-cv-2999 (Cote)

July 11, 2022

More than 8.5 billion gallons a year of pollution is estimated to be discharged off the west coast of Canada by cruise ships on their way to and from Alaska

July 4, 2022

Wright Pled To Carbon Credits Fraud Now Gets 52 Months Jail and $16 Million Restitution

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC - Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN

SDNY Courtroom Exclusive, July 1 – Roger Ralston, Christopher Wright and Steven Hooper all faced a joint wire fraud conspiracy trial on May 12, 2022.

     On February 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff held a lengthy in-person oral argument. Inner City Press went and covered it.  

 Among the issues raised is whether the trials should be severed. Hooper proffered to the US Attorney's Office for some 18 hours and almost got a cooperator's deal. Now, counsel for Ralston argues, Hooper's information could never be effectively "Bruton-ized" at trial. 

  [See, Bruton v. US, 391 U.S. 123 (1968)]

June 27, 2022

Portuguese Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho confirmed Russia's participation in the upcoming (June 27) UN Oceans conference. "Russia is a member of the UN and will take part in the conference," he announced. UNSG Antonio Guterres, who assured that Russia would not inviade Ukraine and then ordered to staff to not say it was happened, supports Gomes Cavinho - and the conference being in Lisbon, home of Guterres' Vaz and banks, he will also be there..

June 20, 2022

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has revised the Port of Morrow’s groundwater contamination fine to $2.1 million after finding additional wastewater violations.  On Friday, the agency added $800,000 to the Port’s original $1.3 million fine for over-applying nitrogen-rich wastewater on agricultural fields in the Lower Umatilla Basin

June 13, 2022

EPA says it will distribute $60 million among 12 states that have waterways that flow into the Mississippi River to help them control farm runoff and other pollution that contribute to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. he money will be distributed over the next five years to Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin

6, 2022

Deutsche Bank Raided for Greenwashing After US Is Told Of Need Crackdown On Banks

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SOUTH BRONX / SDNY, May 31 –    With the mega-merger horse largely out of the barn in the US, Citibank too big to question for its business in Russia even as JPMorgan Chase admits gambling a billion dollars they while closing branches in NYC, the smallest of regulators had started a review.  But where is the Community Reinvestment Act in mergers?

  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with jurisdiction mostly over small banks not members of the Federal Reserve System with the exception of the ironically named Truist, has a public comment period on mergers. 

  With the FDIC's request for information comment period set until May 31, here, Fair Finance Watch on April 11 submitted a first comment, below.

Now at the deadline on May 31, action - but non US regulators, in Germany: Authorities in Germany raided the offices of Deutsche Bank and its subsidiary DWS on Tuesday following claims that it was exaggerating the sustainable credentials of some of the products it sold.     A former manager in charge of sustainability at DWS has claimed that the asset management firm exaggerated the environmental and climate credentials of certain funds — referred to as greenwashing.  “The measures of the Public Prosecutors are directed against unknown people in connection with greenwashing allegations against DWS,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement.

 Unknown people? We'll have on this.

May 30, 2022

  Coal-fired plants emit, on average, 802 tons of CO2 per GW/hour of electricity generated, against 720 in oil-fired plants and 490 in gas-powered plants. Nuclear ones cause indirect emissions of 3 tons, less than wind and solar (4 or 5), hydro (34) and biomass (78)

May 23, 2022

For Withholding Lead Removal Work Records Ruilova Is Sued By EPA Now Seeking to Settle

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
BBC-Guardian UK - Honduras - ESPN NY Mag

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 16 – The EPA sued Edison Ruilova and others for failing to provide records about lead paint abatement work.     

    On May 16, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a conference. Inner City Press covered it.   

Ruilova intially wasn't present; only his bookkeeper was. But the bookkeeper contacted him and he appeared.

Thereupon the EPA said they are working on a resolution, at least with this defendant.

Judge Woods gave the parties until July 1 to submit a joint letter regarding the status of any anticipation.

The case is United States of America v. CISNE NY Construction, Inc. et al., 22-cv-338 (Woods)

May 16, 2022

In a study published this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the journal "Science Advances," scientists said they found that a reduction in particulate air pollution over the past 40 years led to an increase in tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic Ocean

May 9, 2022

A U.S. District Court Judge in Delaware has sentenced the owner and operator of a foreign-flag tanker to pay a $3 million criminal fine for obstructing justice and concealing deliberate pollution from the vessel.  U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews for the District of Delaware sentenced Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc. and Evridiki Navigation Inc. after they were convicted at trial on all charges, including violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, falsifying ships’ documents, obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard inspection and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors