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Noxious neighbors: The EPA knows tanks holding heavy fuels emit harmful chemicals. Why are Americans still at risk?

The EPA has been aware for more than a decade that companies are underreporting emissions, using equations developed by the petroleum industry that are often wrong.


Chemist Michal Freedhoff tapped to lead US EPA chemicals office

White House nominates physical chemist with Capitol Hill experience to implement TSCA, pesticide laws.

Piney Point pollution will linger in Tampa Bay for months, scientists say

Powerful, sustained winds are rare this time of year in Florida, and that means the polluted water that spilled from the Piney Point phosphate plant last month is likely to linger in Tampa Bay for months, a USF ocean physicist says.

Adrienne Matei: Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame

Parkinson's is already the fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world; in the US, the number of people with Parkinson's has increased 35% the last 10 years, says Dorsey, and "We think over the next 25 years it will double again."

US EPA takes tougher stance on new chemicals

Agency to evaluate safety of all uses and ensure worker protections.

A third of global farmland at 'high' pesticide pollution risk

A third of the planet's agricultural land is at "high risk" of pesticide pollution from the lingering residue of chemical ingredients that can leach into water supplies and threaten biodiversity, according to new research.

Toxic chemical 'Hall of Shame' calls out major retailers for failing to act

A dozen major companies earned an F for failing to adequately address the growing problem of toxic chemicals in the products they sell to consumers, according to the 2021 "Who's Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals."

UK ‘flying blind’ on levels of toxic chemicals in tap water

The UK government is not testing drinking water for a group of toxic manmade chemicals linked to a range of diseases including cancers, while across the world people are falling sick and suing for hundreds of millions of dollars at a time after finding the substances in their tap water.

David Bond: The US military is poisoning communities across the US with toxic chemicals

One of the most enduring, indestructible toxic chemicals known to man - Aqueous Film Forming Foam, which is a PFAS "forever chemical" - is being secretly incinerated next to disadvantaged communities in the United States.

DEP finds PFAS in one-third of public water systems; none exceeded EPA limit

A proposed state regulation is expected this year that would set health limits for some of the chemicals, which have been linked to serious illnesses.
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Chemical site cleanup on Maine river to cost more than $180M

A settlement that is pending approval from a federal judge would require the former owner of a shuttered chemical plant in Maine to spend more than $180 million to clean up mercury contamination.


Massachusetts awards $3M to towns to fight water pollution

Massachusetts has awarded $3 million in grants to 17 public water supply systems to support efforts to address elevated levels of so-called PFAS in drinking water.

As Biden, other national figures blast "Cancer Alley," some in Louisiana push back

With President Joe Biden placing a new focus on climate change and Democrats running both chambers of Congress, some Louisiana industry groups are gearing up for a more hostile environment.

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The pollution plumes of North Pole

An oil refining chemical has infiltrated the water of a small Alaskan town, but families—many worried about health issues—are left with more questions than answers.

Systemic racism continues to plague pandemic response: Derrick Z. Jackson

Remembering those have fallen to the collective selfishness of the prior White House and the nation's governors—a selfishness significantly stained by systemic racism.

Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

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.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

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