Philippine court upholds open-pit mining ban in Mindanao

A court in the Philippines has dealt another setback to the company looking to mine Southeast Asia's largest untapped deposits of copper and gold.

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EPA plans wells to assess scope of tainted Kokomo water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to install six groundwater monitoring wells around Kokomo to investigate the source and scope of chemical contamination that’s spread through groundwater beneath much of the north-central Indiana city.
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Taking an aerial view underground

Wisconsin geologists are testing using drones equipped with thermal cameras to measure shallow soil depths in areas prone to groundwater contamination.

Explainer: Who regulates U.S. drinking water, and how?

Federal, state and local governments all have a hand in protecting public water systems and private wells from contamination.

While report complete, investigation at former Westhampton missile base far from over

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, were detected in samples taken from 26 of the 28 groundwater profile monitoring wells.

Columbia County, UW-extension focusing on well water testing to provide safe drinking water for rural areas of the county

Columbia County’s UW-Extension, in partnership with the county’s Land and Water Conservation department, is working to test well water in rural areas of the county to ensure safe drinking water.

'It smells bad, it tastes bad': How Americans stopped trusting their water

Rural water systems face unique challenges in providing clean, safe, affordable, sustainable drinking water including difficult terrain, a lack of financial stability and expertise.

Calif. Approves new treatment method for removing nitrate from groundwater

An innovative process that uses naturally occurring bacteria to remove nitrate from contaminated groundwater has received approval from California's State Water Board as a treatment method.

Colorado testing fish for PFAS in new push to prevent harm from "forever chemicals"

Efforts to contain PFAS reflect growing concerns about unregulated contaminants degrading groundwater, soil and drinking water.


In a dry state, farmers use oil wastewater to irrigate their fields, but is it safe?

A recent study found chemical concentrations in the wastewater met safety standards in one California county. Activists say more testing is needed.


Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics can't delay smokestack upgrades, says NH DES

"We are tired of continually being polluted with toxic PFAS chemicals. This is our town and we demand clean water. Enough is enough."

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Washington dairies challenge EPA groundwater pollution study

A dispute between Washington state dairies and the Environmental Protection Agency over groundwater contamination is being argued in federal court.

EPA begins ambitious effort to accelerate mining cleanups in the West

The Environmental Protection Agency has just done a very un-EPA-like thing.

Proposed settlement in 1,4 Dioxane contamination of groundwater around Ann Arbor

Between 1966 and 1986 a manufacturing plant owned by Gelman Sciences used a chemical called 1,4 Dioxane. Today, ground water is contaminated by that chemical.

Ditch at Marinette foam facility tests 50x higher than recommendations

Tyco Fire Products, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls, announced that the levels of PFAS found in a drainage ditch near its property showed levels of PFAS roughly 50 times higher than the recommended threshold for groundwater.

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Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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