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.
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.
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.
Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health is urging people who rely on well water to ensure its tested every six months for bacteria and every two years for chemical contaminants including manganese.
The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.