How widespread are PFAS chemicals? Connecticut officials are about to find out

Connecticut's health and environmental agencies believe there are pockets of contamination hiding throughout the state.

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EPA approved toxic chemicals for fracking a decade ago, new files show

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.
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South Jersey lawsuits over toxic chemicals

A local battle against toxic chemicals polluting water, soil and air in parts of South Jersey is going to federal court, as multiple lawsuits are being prepared alleging that chemicals emitted by two industrial plants caused birth defects, cancers and other illnesses in dozens of people.

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Delaware County sues PFAS makers for contamination at fire-fighting sites

Delaware County’s district attorney said contamination could have been prevented if companies that made the chemicals “had been honest with consumers.”
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Dave Dickey: The courts' awful dithering on chlorpyrifos must end

After looking at the facts, anyone with half a brain would say the pesticide chlorpyrifos has no place in agriculture.

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DuPont gets transparent about plastics

The chemical giant will begin publicly disclosing how much plastic it releases into the environment.
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Saint-Gobain whistleblower says company ignored pleas to probe pollution sites

A former in-house attorney for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, which owns a manufacturing plant in Hoosick Falls that contaminated the village's water supplies with a toxic chemical, alleges he was fired last year after he pushed leaders of the corporation to fully investigate whether their other U.S. plants may have polluted public water supplies with a manmade polymer.

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Living in a world in which nature has already lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.
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One chemical plant emits a super-pollutant that does more climate damage than every car in the city

A chemical plant in Louisville that makes a raw material for everything from Teflon to lubricants used on the International Space Station also appears to do more damage to the climate than all of this city's passenger vehicles.

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PA American Water sues manufacturers of toxic PFAS 'forever chemicals'

One of Pennsylvania's largest water utilities has sued 3M, DuPont and a host of other companies, alleging they knew — or should have known — that so-called "forever chemicals" they manufactured and distributed posed a hazard to the public.

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DuPont won't face prosecution over birth defects linked to Dordrecht plant

Chemicals company DuPont will not face criminal prosecution for allegedly poisoning a number of female workers at its Lycra factory in Dordrecht, the Volkskrant said on Monday.

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DuPont, Chemours in $4 billion ‘Forever Chemicals’ cost pact

DuPont de Nemours Inc. and Chemours Co. agreed to a $4 billion settlement of a dispute over environmental liabilities shifted to Chemours after it was spun off in 2015.
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Erin Brockovich blasts U.S. regulation of toxic chemicals

The activist, made famous by Julia Roberts in an eponymous movie, rails against PFAS in drinking water.

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From Alaska to Florida, harmful PFAS compounds pollute water at multiple sites in every state

Wherever you are in the U.S., there's a good chance you can find harmful PFAS compounds in water near you.

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'Dark Waters' attorney: New 'forever' chemicals pose threat to environment, human health

Rob Bilott, the attorney who sued DuPont about PFAS health harms in Clarksburg, W.Va., says next generation compounds is just as dangerous.

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