Scotchgard chemical ails fish where tannery scraps litter river.

Industrial chemicals once used to manufacture the iconic Hush Puppies shoe brand may be contaminating the Rogue River in an area where leftover leather from a demolished tannery litters the riverbank above the Rockford dam.

By Garret Ellison

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Justice

Testing confirms chemical contamination in residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base.

Air Force officials visited Julie Dipple’s home last week to share some troubling news: Her drinking water is contaminated and it probably has been for a long time.

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Toxics

Vaccine myths.

Health officials say vaccines are safe, so where do common vaccine concerns come from?

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Toxics

Water contaminants causing community concern in Vidor.

Water is a necessity. People must drink it to live. We bathe in it. We wash our clothes, our dishes and even our children in it. We depend on our water supply and expect it to meet safety and quality standards mandated by environmental regulatory bodies.

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Toxics

For more children, puberty signs start at 8.

For More Children, Puberty Signs Start at 8

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Richard Honour
Originals

Opinion: We're making a mess in our forests with our sewage sludge.

SNOQUALMIE, Wash.—Out in the Snoqualmie forests of eastern King County, on the west side of the Cascades, the ground is black and mucky. It's an unnatural scene with a toilet-bowl stench.

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Toxics

With new EPA advisory, dozens of communities suddenly have dangerous drinking water.

The EPA announced new drinking water health advisory levels today for the industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS. The new levels — .07 parts per billion (ppb) for both chemicals — are significantly lower than standards the agency issued in 2009, which were .4 ppb for PFOA and .2 ppb for PFOS. In areas where both PFOA and PFOS are present, the advisory suggests a maximum combined level of .07 ppb. While the old levels were calculated based on the assumption that people were drinking the contaminants only for weeks or months, the new standards assume lifetime exposure and reflect more recent research.

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