Lead detected in 80% of Allegheny County, Pa., water systems: Report

"There is no safe level of lead in drinking water and this report amplifies the need for health protective action levels."

PITTSBURGH—Lead was detected in 80 percent of water systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which encompasses Pittsburgh, in 2019, according to a new two-year analysis.

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Children born to Chernobyl survivors don’t carry more genetic mutations

The largest and most advanced study of its kind not only updates past results, it also provides new details on how fallout from the disaster caused certain cancers.

No pregnancy risk found from 2 COVID-19 vaccines, preliminary research shows

Early research suggests that two Covid-19 vaccines pose no greater risk for pregnant people than for anyone else.

'We didn't know': Veterans of El Toro say their service had toxic consequences

The longtime Marine Corps Air Station, now the site of Orange County Great Park, was listed as a Superfund site in 1990.

Tougher air pollution limits needed to prevent more deaths, says coroner

Case of nine-year-old who died as a result of traffic emissions shows that UK law is not stringent enough to save lives.


Pediatricians’ voices grow louder on climate’s impact on child health, equity

When people asked Aaron S. Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, why he worked on climate change as a pediatrician, he would say the reason is simple: "Our job is to keep children healthy, and we can't do that without tackling climate change."


17 young people on the moment the climate crisis became real to them

From watching ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ to living through Superstorm Sandy.

Trump administration sidelined experts in writing car pollution rules, EPA watchdog finds

The inspector general’s report may give the Biden administration more reason to tighten fuel-economy standards in the fight against global warming.

Tracking environmental actions under Biden

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.

Newark finishing lead water pipe replacement years ahead of schedule

A project to fix thousands of lead-contaminated water pipes that threatened the well being of the folks in New Jersey's largest city is nearly complete, set to be finished years ahead of schedule.

Biden administration considering rule to cut nicotine in cigarettes

The Biden administration is considering a rule to require tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter.

The pollution plumes of North Pole

NORTH POLE, Alaska—Linda Brown would one day look back with regret on her family's optimism as they dug into the cold, hard soil.

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100 miles of lead pipes supply water to Buffalo. Could Biden's plan fix that health risk?

Buffalo has so far evaded the risk that was buried beneath the city more than a century ago.

A climate change guide for kids

The future could be bad, or it could be better. You can help decide.

Regan, Bowser announce EPA loan to replace aging D.C. water mains

The city will remove some lead pipes and pipes prone to water main breaks, officials said.
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LISTEN: Abrania Marrero on dietary colonialism in Puerto Rico

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

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