EPA settlements are supposed to hold polluters accountable. Will coronavirus get them off the hook?

Hundreds of cities and polluting industries agreed to clean up their act after being sued by the government. Now, many are asking for leniency.
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12th-century lead pollution visible in Alpine ice

Lead pollution produced by 12th-century mines in Britain can be seen in Alpine ice cores, new research reports – directly mirroring historical records and demonstrating the impact of political events of the time.

The Trump administration is reversing nearly 100 environmental rules. Here's the full list

A New York Times analysis found more than 60 environmental policies officially rolled back under Mr. Trump and another 34 rollbacks still in progress.

EPA cleans up lead-contaminated soil in Atlanta

The story of this toxic problem in one of Atlanta's lower income neighborhoods is shared with other city areas built in the first third of the last century.

Why is it taking so long to clean up L.A.'s Exide mess?

The Dept. of Toxic Substances Control has halted all field work on cleaning homes affected by Exide contamination until further notice.

The human toll of L.A.'s slow Exide cleanup

The five-year cleanup of a lead-contamination zone is a story of confusion, shifting goalposts, missed deadlines and bloated budgets.

Supreme Court rules against landowners in Montana Superfund fight

Landowners may not sue the Atlantic Richfield Company to force it to do more than a federal cleanup plan requires unless the Environmental Protection Agency consents, the court ruled.

New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination

Drinking water fountains and taps at public and private schools in Indiana will be required to be tested for lead contamination by 2023 under a new state law.

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

Indiana mom's company offers affordable water testing for lead

Zionsville-based 120Water started by filling product out of a garage. Now, the company has taken its innovative approach to lead testing nationwide.

California isn’t testing enough children for lead, prompting legislation

A recent report by the California state auditor faults two state health departments for failing to ensure that children receive required blood lead tests and for not doing enough to reduce childhood lead exposure in high-risk areas.

Newark's lead crisis isn't over

In Newark, a city of over 282,000 where about half the population is black, one-third Latino, and over one-quarter live in poverty, lead contamination has been on people's minds for far too long.

Transport for NSW knew Tarago had lead contamination risks but didn't tell its residents for years

Transport for NSW admits it knew about lead contamination at a rail corridor in Tarago in 2015 but failed to tell residents until after an infant boy was exposed to heavy metals.

Report: Utilities are less likely to replace lead pipes in low-income communities of color

“If a program primarily benefits those with money, you’re going to have an environmental justice problem.”
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