Alabama bill aims to reduce children’s exposure to lead paint

Last year, pediatricians across Alabama discovered elevated lead levels in more than 1,000 children.
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Air Force to discuss environmental impact after contamination at Cannon AFB

The Air Force is looking for public input on the environmental impact of Cannon Air Force Base and the contamination of the surrounding area by firefighting chemicals.


The right to flush and forget

Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of the new book Waste, warns that a failure to develop proper sewage infrastructure will spread disease and poverty.

Filthy water: A basic sanitation problem persists in rural America

Residents of Alabama's Lowndes County lack adequate wastewater systems and must contend with sewage backing up into their yards and homes.


In Alabama, Poverty and the Coronavirus Are a Double Blow

Before she died of Covid-19, Pamela Rush opened her home to show the world what environmental injustice and poverty look like.


For Alabama’s coal ash pond closures, disagreement between energy leaders and environmentalists over methods

The pending closure of three coal ash ponds, with more to come, have energy industry leaders and environmentalists arguing over the best and safest way to dispose of the dangerous substance.


Peabody Energy temporarily idling metallurgical coal mine in Alabama

The Missouri-based company said it is idling the mine due to weak demand and the operations' elevated cost structure.

As the West burns, Trump administration races to demolish environmental protections

Polluters and their agents in government want to finalize as many environmental rollbacks as possible before the presidential election.

Hurricane Sally’s fierce rain shows how climate change raises storm risks

Staggering rain totals, fueled by a warming atmosphere that can hold more moisture, are being recorded from the storm.

Hurricane Sally's slow churn makes it more dangerous

Hurricane Sally's incredibly slow pace, which at times was just 3 miles per hour, and its stalling over the Gulf represent a climate change effect that's triggered more destructive and frequent storms.


Hurricane Sally is a slow-moving threat. Climate change might be why

Scientists say that climate change, which has also contributed to the wildfires on the West Coast, helped intensify a storm that is unleashing a deluge in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

A storm warning in Biloxi — ‘Don’t let your guard down’ — as Hurricane Sally churns near the coast

Hurricane Sally continued to gather strength as it meandered off the Gulf Coast and could linger with hard rain and 100-mph winds threatening to shove massive amounts of storm water onto the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.


Alabama public service commission upholds and increases 'sun tax' on solar power users

Energy regulators in Alabama voted Tuesday to uphold what critics have dubbed a "sun tax" on people who put solar panels on their homes and businesses across much of the state.


PFAS contamination divides an Alabama town

In industry-friendly Decatur, a longtime production hub for 3M, residents are grappling with a PFAS crisis - and how to hold polluters to account.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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