$194 million in five years: Vermont chips away at clean water goals

In fiscal year 2020, the state prevented 28.2 metric tons of phosphorus pollution from entering Lake Champlain. The goal is to remove 212.4 metric tons per year by 2038.
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Texas plans to test for lead in schools’ drinking water for the first time

An updated EPA rule requires drinking water in elementary schools be tested for lead and copper — a mandate that emerged from the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.

Will 2021 be the year for environmental justice legislation?

They want Trump's rollbacks rescinded and renewed emphasis on justice and equity via enforcement of federal law, from the Clean Air Act to FEMA recovery aid.


What Trump's dismal deregulatory record means for Biden

Trump leaves office with a legal record among the worst in modern presidential history. Now the Biden administration faces a complicated legal landscape as it tries to undo the Trump administration's environmental rollbacks.


In Trump administration's final-days deregulatory push, Army Corps reduces stream protections

Changes to the nationwide permits for dredging and filling waterways will expose more stretches of small streams to development.


U.S. Justice Dept: Flint company owner dumped millions of gallons of untreated leachate in sewer

The owner of an oil processing company in Flint is accused of violating the Clean Water Act. Robert Massey faces a felony charge for allegedly telling employees to illegally dump contaminants into the city's sewer system.


Louisiana: Judge tosses lawsuit over permit for $9.4 billion Formosa plastic complex

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the wetlands permit for the $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex proposed in St. James Parish.

Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years

From legal decisions to on-the-ground policies, Indigenous lawyers describe the administration’s tactics as an “onslaught” removing federal protections of land and wildlife.

Hussey Copper fined, put on probation for knowingly polluting Ohio River

The company pleaded to violating the Clean Water Act by discharging oil, copper and other pollutants into the river and then lying about it.

The year in water, 2020

Like the pandemic, water crises stem from environmental neglect and failures of leadership, and the repercussions of both are becoming more apparent every year. 2020 was no different.


Steps to cool the climate will improve water quality, too

The future looks even brighter when efforts to manage one environmental problem advance progress on another.

Federal regulators are rewriting environmental rules so a massive pipeline can be built

Federal regulators and West Virginia agencies are rewriting environmental rules again to pave the way for construction of a major natural gas pipeline across Appalachia, even after an appeals court blocked the pipeline for the second time.

Outdated sewage treatment is suffocating fish in Puget Sound

Inadequately treated human waste from 79 treatment plants is a growing cause of a breakdown in the Puget Sound ecosystem causing unnatural explosions of jellyfish and smelly algae. Technology exists to properly treat the sewage. It’s employed at just one local sewage-treatment plant.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

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

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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