Wildfire threatens Cheyenne water supply

The Mullen Fire, which has spread through more than 147,000 acres of Colorado and Wyoming forest in the past two weeks, reached the southern edge of the main drinking water source for Cheyenne, the Wyoming capital.

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After wildfires stop burning, a danger in the drinking water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

A climate reckoning in wildfire-stricken California

If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.

Hazardous conditions caused illness in Northport Middle School students

School district leaders were aware of hazardous substances in the air, soil and groundwater at Northport Middle School but downplayed the community's health concerns, leading many students to suffer severe illnesses, according to a lawsuit filed in Suffolk County Supreme Court last week.


Unilever to remove oil-based ingredients from cleaning products

As part of its plan to lower its footprint, Unilever is removing petrochemicals from its home cleaning products.

Pollution is killing Black Americans. This community fought back

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

Moving away from fossil fuel: The escalating push for setbacks from drilling sites

How far away from oil and gas wells is safe? Scientists and activists are calling buffer zones between wells and homes into question.


Fracking firms fail, rewarding executives and raising climate fears

Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup cost left to taxpayers.

New Mexico cites Kinder Morgan over gas spill cleanup

New Mexico says the pipeline company owes hazardous waste fees and a complaint that it interfered with testing contaminated soils from 2018 spill.

PA attorney general joins 15 other asking court to require EPA to set methane pollution standards

Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 other states, cities and the Environmental Defense Fund in filing a motion in federal court to require the U.S. EPA to set methane pollution standards for existing oil and gas operations.


Eula Bingham, champion of worker safety, dies at 90

As head of OSHA under President Carter, she dispensed with “nit-picking” regulations and went after serious health and safety violations.

Raw sewage flowing into the Tijuana River brings toxic sludge to California

Beaches are being polluted and communities, including the Navy SEALs and Border Patrol, are getting sick from the waste. Lesley Stahl reports.

Pollution case against U.S. Steel dismissed

A federal judge finds the steelmaker did not violate federal Superfund law in the aftermath of two fires at its Clairton Coke Works.


EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

Hundreds of cities and polluting industries agreed to clean up their act after being sued by the government. Now, many are asking for leniency.

Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in refinery town

Industrial pollution is a risk factor in the era of COVID-19. But an oil refinery in Artesia, N.M., poses a heightened threat to residents: It has some the nation's highest annual emissions of cancer-causing benzene after a decade of slack government oversight.
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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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