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Lisa Sorg

Lisa Sorg

Lisa Sorg is assistant editor and environmental reporter for Newsline sister outlet NC Policy Watch.

U.S. Senate confirms North Carolina’s Regan as EPA chief

By: - March 11, 2021

The U.S. Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the new EPA administrator Wednesday evening by a vote of 66-34. Regan, the outgoing secretary of the environment in North Carolina, is the first Black man to serve in the EPA’s top leadership role. “It’s a profound responsibility,” Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Democrat, said, a few hours […]

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COVID-19 vaccine could be less effective in people with high PFAS levels in blood

By: - December 17, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine could be less effective in people with high levels of perfluorinated compounds — PFAS — in their blood, several scientists announced Thursday. High levels of PFAS exposure is known to be linked to a “plethora of adverse health effects,” including immune system disorders, said Linda Birnbaum, a toxicologist and former director of the National […]