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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.

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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.
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Climate

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.

Water

Shame of Kisumu water company destroying Lake Victoria

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

Acme Power Plant site clean-up planned for 2025

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

Toxics

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.

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Justice

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.
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Toxics

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.

Children

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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Justice

The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years

Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem.
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Toxics

Excessive fertiliser use is poisoning Yamuna river: CPCB

Pollution control body report finds metals such as manganese, copper, lead in the Yamunna river. Groundwater also contained high levels of iron and manganese.
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Justice

Recycled electronics are turning Thailand into a 'dumping ground for hazardous waste'

Recycling your electronics might get old tech out of the house. But on the fringes of Bangkok, villagers say the western world's e-waste is destroying their lives.
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Toxics

Nova Scotians urged to test well water for manganese

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.
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Toxics

Michigan officials urge testing of medical marijuana vape pens for lead

Heating coils in vape pens may be leaking lead and heavy metals into the liquid.
From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

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

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.

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.

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