Residents fight for environmental justice in Houston neighborhoods dealing with hazardous sites

Living in Houston, air quality is a concern for nearly everyone, but research shows some communities are hit harder by the dangers of persistent pollution.
Print Friendly and PDF
Photo by Sunil GC on Unsplash

3M will pay Bemidji $12.5 million to help treat water

3M will pay $12.5 million toward building and operating a new treatment facility to remove chemicals known as PFAS, which the company manufactured for use as firefighting foam.

Australia takes first steps towards new compensation fund for asbestos victims

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has written to the friends and family of a Canberra mesothelioma sufferer who grew up in a "Mr Fluffy" house, saying federal bureaucrats were actively investigating a new fund for compensation.

Air pollution: Research links black carbon to increased cancer risk

Long-term exposure to black carbon, a constituent of fine particle air pollution, could increase lung cancer risk by 30%, according to researchers in France.

Pennsylvania: Contaminated Chester County site still mired in legal fights over redevelopment plan

The DEP says it is working on cleanup standards the developer would have to meet before it could build town homes on the 14-acre Bishop Tube site, which is polluted with a number of toxic chemicals.

Video: Tracking ethylene oxide, the invisible killer

Growing up, a group of eight friends in Groves, Texas, had never heard of ethylene oxide, the carcinogenic gas that poured out from a chemical plant in their neighborhood. Now three of them are fighting cancer.

The coal plant next door

Near America’s largest coal-fired power plant, toxins are showing up in drinking water and people have fallen ill. Thousands of pages of internal documents show how one giant energy company plans to avoid the cleanup costs.

Menthol cigarettes kill many Black people. A ban may finally be near

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The victims of Agent Orange the U.S. has never acknowledged

America has never taken responsibility for spraying the herbicide over Laos during the Vietnam War. But generations of ethnic minorities have endured the consequences.

Virus variants likely evolved inside people with weak immune systems

Growing evidence suggests that people with cancer and other conditions that challenge their immune systems may be incubators of mutant viruses.

Graphic: Glyphosate vs. dicamba

The pesticides glyphosate and dicamba, both in products produced by Bayer (formerly Monsanto) have made headlines in the past year as lawsuits mount against the company for damages from these products.

Fukushima’s tragic legacy—radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

The ripple effects from one of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophes continue after a decade, with implications for human health and remediation efforts.

Dave Dickey: Bayer Ag's latest glyphosate offer moves in right direction but may not pass court muster

Last month Bayer AG offered up its latest Goldilocks offer to settle potential future lawsuits from plaintiffs claiming Roundup herbicide gave them cancer.
EHN en Español

Se recomiendan exámenes anuales de pulmón para los mayores de 50 aunque no hayan fumado mucho tiempo

Una nueva recomendación de los expertos logrará que más mujeres y afroestadounidenses sean elegibles para las tomografías computarizadas, aunque no todos podrán costearlas.

The rubber industry's toxic legacy in Akron

In Akron, Ohio, Black people bore—and bear—the brunt of industry's negative effects, including disease and death.

From our Newsroom

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

More than 2 million Americans exposed to high levels of strontium in drinking water

The unregulated metal can harm bone development in children.

LISTEN: Veena Singla on turning science into policy

"I love science … but many of the aspects that were my strengths in science don't necessarily fit with an academic research career."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.