EPA whistleblower testifies her advocacy for stronger health protections drew agency retaliation

Children's health expert Ruth Etzel on Monday testified in a public hearing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked to silence and harass her, removing her from a top-level position after she complained about agency delays in advancing a lead poisoning prevention program.

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Failure at the Faucet: A series exploring risks to drinking water across Wisconsin.

Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at the current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid a focus on paint.


Chicago way behind on toxic lead pipe replacement

There is no incentive to work faster, either. A new state law gives Chicago a half century to finish the job — a timeline demanded by the mayor.
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Birds of prey face global decline from habitat loss, poisons

Despite a few high-profile conservation success stories – like the dramatic comeback of bald eagle populations in North America – birds of prey are in decline worldwide.


San Jose study: Lead from Reid-Hillview Airport matches Flint, Michigan water

The lead emissions place thousands of predominately low-income children who live nearby at an elevated risk of permanent developmental issues.

EPA puts additional delay on Trump lead and copper in drinking water rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put another delay on a Trump-era update to a rule governing lead and copper in drinking water, according to a new federal register notice.

Jenny Bower: We can end lead poisoning during this lifetime

It may be time to envision a Clean Soil Act, like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts mobilized in the 1960s and 70s.


Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition asks for $17.5M of $511M federal aid, council members say double that

Board members from the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition say the money fits the rules for the American Rescue Plan Act, targeting those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

NY community struggles to replace its lead water pipes

The president's infrastructure plan includes $45 billion to remove more than 6 million lead-pipe service lines across the country.

Biden's infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US

President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

Too much lead in water at some North Carolina child care centers

The testing has found 8.5 percent of centers had at least one tap that exceeded the state’s lead hazard threshold of 15 parts per billion.

Sarah Glick, Barbara Nabrit-Stephens: We pediatricians have seen what lead poisoning does to children

Experts estimate that 1 out of every 5 cases of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is related to lead.

Testing for lead poisioning in NJ children decreased during pandemic

The percentage of children found to have elevated blood levels jumped 29%.


Florida’s only lead factory didn't protect workers. Regulators didn't either.

Federal inspectors haven't been to Gopher Resource in five years, while violations and problems mounted.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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