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Arizona agency: Air base needs longer term water solution

The head of Arizona's environmental agency called on Luke Air Force Base in metro Phoenix to help stop the spread of a plume of chemicals contaminating the area's drinking water after recent testing discovered high levels of compounds commonly found in a firefighting foam once used there.

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Data from Thames sewage spills in Oxford to be shared

The UK's largest water company is developing a system to share real-time alerts when sewage is discharged into rivers and streams.

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La Crosse files lawsuit against 23 chemical manufacturers over PFAS contamination

The city of La Crosse has filed a lawsuit against nearly two dozen chemical manufacturers for their products' roles in the severe water contamination of more than 40 private wells on a nearby island.

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St. Louis is part of a new project to track Mississippi River plastic pollution

Plastic garbage can clog the river, hurt plant and animal life and add chemicals to what ends up becoming drinking water. St. Louis relies on the Mississippi River for drinking water to the tune of 100 million gallons a day.

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How bad is Pennsylvania's microplastics problem? It's like eating a credit card every week

Environmental advocacy group PennEnvironmnent recently led a survey of Pennsylvania's most popular waterways — from Pittsburgh's three rivers to the Susquehanna and Lackawanna — looking for the presence of microplastics.

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Mississippi’s water problems have reached a boiling point

Texas' experience of last month's deadly winter storm may have grabbed headlines, but its neighbors fared just as badly.

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Blackjewel’s bankruptcy filing is a harbinger of trouble ahead for the plummeting coal industry

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia could soon decide whether to allow the Blackjewel coal mining company, once the nation's sixth-largest coal producer, to shed responsibility for thousands of strip-mined acres, setting up a potential crisis over clean-up and reclamation of the land.

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Report paints alarming picture of plastic pollution in Lehigh Valley streams

Pennsylvania’s bodies of water, including the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and Little Lehigh Creek, are facing an environmental enemy called microplastics, according to new data.
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Thames Water fined £2.3m for Henley fish-death pollution

The UK's largest water company has apologised after it was fined £2.3m for polluting a stream with sewage that killed more than 1,000 fish.

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Covid-safe single use plastics cause increase in pollution in the Thames

A lot has been written about how air quality has improved over lockdown, as people haven't been using their cars as much to get around. But that doesn't mean the pandemic has been good for the environment across the board.

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Pollution control efforts credited for cleaner Sauk River chain

A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency credits years of investments in water protection practices for improved water quality in the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, but the report also calls for more action.
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Land use tied to ‘intersex’ smallmouth bass in Bay rivers

Scientists are still trying to sort out exactly what's causing sexual abnormalities among smallmouth bass in Chesapeake Bay rivers, but they may be getting closer to figuring out how to reduce them.

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Federal judge to fine PA poultry plant as 'deterrent to others'

A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania chicken processing plant polluted a stream, the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay with nutrients and should be fined "as a deterrent to others."

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After oil spill, Israel’s fishermen net catch despite ban

After weathering a year of the coronavirus pandemic, the fishermen of an Arab village in central Israel have been dealt another blow by a mysterious oil spill in the Mediterranean.

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State regulator’s negotiations with Boeing about Santa Susana cleanup sparks criticism

A state department agency that oversees the cleanup of toxic Santa Susana Field lab met confidentially with Boeing Company, one of the polluters, to mediate the cleanup of the area in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys, drawing criticism from a Ventura County supervisor and activists.

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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: 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: 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: 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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