New EPA rules aim to reduce toxic emissions. But many 'Cancer Alley chemical plants won't have to change

The proposed rules reducing emissions across the country would not apply to many of Louisiana’s chemical plants. These facilities release tons of dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals like ethylene oxide, and more plants are on the way.
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Army Corps can’t promise 2016’s algae blooms won’t return, but this strategy may help

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start releasing polluted water from Lake Okeechobee to Florida’s coasts in pulses on Friday in an effort to avoid a possible repeat of 2016’s disastrous algal blooms.

SCE&G wants to keep nuclear documents secret

Environmentalists have used the legal process to "gratify private spite, promote public scandal, circulate libelous statements or release trade secrets,'' SCE&G says.


Tar Creek audit points to wrongdoing in Superfund site contracts

Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a news release that the audits' release come "at his discretion."

Bald eagle that had toxic levels of lead gets treated, released

The Carolina Raptor Center in North Carolina released a bald eagle after treating it for wounds and for toxic levels of lead in its body.


A climate change report isolates Trump

Even the pariah nation of Syria is signing on the Paris Agreement, leaving the U.S. alone on the world stage as the only country refusing to abide the accords on curbing climate change. It's a disgraceful position for the planet's leading nation.


FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You to See It — ProPublica

The disaster-relief agency, under fire after Hurricane Maria, won’t release the plan, even as a comparable document for Hawaii remains public. -Justin Elliott and Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
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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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