Flight 93 crashed among coal mines. treating the water there was no ordinary project

Treatment ponds were the answer to a problem that threatened the creation of the memorial itself. How they came to be is still emotional for the people involved in the work.
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Coal-fired power pollution from Ipswich's Swanbank power station a 'toxic time bomb' for nearby residents

It has been almost 10 years since Swanbank A power station at Collingwood Park was closed, but a toxic ash dam on the site is yet to be dealt with and environmental experts and nearby residents are worried about the risk.

One of America’s hottest cities is down to one water well. What happens if the taps go dry?

Taps could go dry for Needles' 5,000 residents, who each drink as much as two gallons of water daily to cope with 120-degree temperatures.

Toxic metals studies add to frustrations surrounding Swiss-owned mine in Peru

Health concerns over toxic metals in remote communities near a mining complex in the Peruvian Andes are increasing.

Mine spill of 2014 continues to affect Sonoran communities years later

The Buenavista del Cobre mine spill continues to have health and financial consequences for some living in Sonora, many who call Arizona a second home.

Perry Gottesfeld: Electric cars' looming recycling problem

Opinion | Financial incentives to recycle spent electric vehicle batteries are eroding. That could spell environmental disaster.

Toxic Southeast Chicago site should be turned into park, group says

The former Acme property, a remnant of Chicago's steel-making past, is a public health hazard and needs a massive cleanup.


EPA soil test reveals manganese at Chicago-area Little League diamond

After finding arsenic and lead in the soil at the Hegewisch Little League Field, the EPA tested a second a ball diamond in the neighborhood and found manganese. “We fight for every breath we take here,” said one resident.

Deep-sea mining: An environmental solution or impending catastrophe?

A new report by the Deep Sea Mining Campaign and MiningWatch Canada examines the potential risks of seabed mining operations targeting polymetallic nodules.


Shame of Kisumu water company destroying Lake Victoria

Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company pumps at least seven dangerous chemicals into Lake Victoria.

Acme Power Plant site clean-up planned for 2025

Site assessments in 2017 revealed contaminants including asbestos, lead, PCBs and mold.


PA EQB to consider regulations controlling methane emissions from oil and gas operations

On December 17, the Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to consider proposed regulations to control methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations and setting a new numeric human health criterion for manganese.


East Chicago man says EPA slow to address toxic sludge in basement: ‘My only option is to take a water hose and wash it down the drain.’

Results from an independent lab in August showed a sludge sample could contain several heavy metals including arsenic.

Court: Republican senators lack standing to sue PA's Environmental Quality Board over missed deadline on manganese deadline

The 2017 amendment was added to the bill as a favor to the coal industry and shifts burden for treating manganese discharges from abandoned mine sites and other sources from polluters to users of the affected water.


Report: Evidence of groundwater contamination at Coleto Creek Power Plant

The Coleto Creek Power Plant in Goliad was among 16 coal plants in Texas that contaminated nearby groundwater with pollutants linked to coal ash.

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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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