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Environmental advocates have largely been critical of President Trump, but some still offer praise for the Trump EPA's attention to toxic sites.
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Trump’s EPA team overrules career scientists on toxic chemical

Changes to the safety assessment for a major cause of water pollution are the administration's latest “landmine” for Joe Biden's incoming appointees, one Democratic aide said.
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Toxics

At least 40 wells found contaminated with above-standard levels of PFAS on French Island

At least 40 wells that provide drinking water for residents on a North Side island in La Crosse were found to be contaminated with PFAS that are above recommended standards.

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EPA denies petition to address PFAS

The Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition from six eastern N.C. community groups to require Chemours Co. to test 54 PFAS produced at its Fayetteville Works facility.
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Toxics

Vermont's new solid waste rules don’t solve the sludge problem

The new rules require testing soil, groundwater, and the septage or biosolid material being applied to the land for the presence of PFAS, ‘forever’ chemicals.
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Toxics

Peshtigo residents reach $17.5m class action settlement with Tyco over PFAS contamination

Peshtigo residents have reached a $17.5 million settlement with Tyco Fire Products and two other companies over widespread PFAS contamination stemming from the use of firefighting foam in the Peshtigo and Marinette areas.

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Justice

Four U.S. water stories to watch in 2021

The upheaval of last year will set the stage for the next 12 months.

Justice

Year in review: ‘Forever chemicals’ contaminate Fairfield, Maine, wells

Residents impacted by the contamination of water and farmland in Fairfield are looking to file a class-action lawsuit in 2021 while the town plans to continue providing bottled water.
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Toxics

The good, bad, and alarming of California's environmental year

The coronavirus lowered greenhouse gas emissions, but at year’s end global CO₂ concentrations are still at record levels.
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Toxics

Erin Brockovich blasts U.S. regulation of toxic chemicals

The activist, made famous by Julia Roberts in an eponymous movie, rails against PFAS in drinking water.

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Toxics

Nonstick pans often don't note they use PFAS

A Michigan-based environmental group has found many nonstick pans are coated with a chemical from the PFAS family.

Justice

Cohoes approves tax for Norlite hazwaste

The Norlite aggregate mill has been the source of controversy since revelations emerged that it had been incinerating potentially toxic firefighting foam in 2019 and 2018.

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Toxics

Testing shows only ‘trace amounts’ of PFAS discharging from old Rhinelander landfill

Only "trace amounts" of PFAS were found in liquid discharged from the long-closed City of Rhinelander landfill, new testing shows.

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