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One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.

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How Hong Kong cleaned up its toxic harbour

Fifty years ago, Hong Kong’s landmark harbours were brimming with filth. It took a controversial project tunnelling under the crowded city to make the waters safe.
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New data reveals hidden flood risk across America

Nearly twice as many properties may be susceptible to flood damage than previously thought, according to a new effort to map the danger.
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North Carolina, in early stages of financial review, sees potentially large number of distressed water systems

North Carolina officials are working to develop a rating system that would identify public water and sewer providers at risk of financial failure.
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Leaky sewers plunge small North Carolina towns into financial crisis

State confronts challenge of affordable, reliable sewer service for some of its poorest communities.

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Lavatory laboratory

Our humble toilet has shaped civilization.

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Don’t consign poor countries to wild storms and flooding.

DON’T CONSIGN POOR COUNTRIES TO WILD STORMS AND FLOODING

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EPA approves plan to remove San Jacinto Waste pits from river.

EPA approves plan to remove San Jacinto Waste pits from river

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EPA admits PCB in Minden.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host open public meetings at Glen Jean later this month to discuss results of PCB soil and water samples taken around Minden and Fayetteville in May and June, Acting Regional EPA Director Cecil Rodrigues said Thursday.

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Water

Nova Scotia fisherman accused of smearing sludge on town mayor in escalating sewage feud.

LUNENBURG, N.S.—Standing on the bow of his fishing boat, Bill Flower only has to look down to see a thick brown sludge belch out of a municipal wastewater pipe and into one of Canada’s most iconic harbours.

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'Conflict of interest' row flares in advance of  PFOA discussions.

The European Commission and the consultancy it hired to work on its draft nomination of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to the Stockholm Convention, have both refuted claims that it was inappropriate to use the consultancy and that doing so "created a conflict of interest cloud over the proceedings".

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Climate

Trump’s global resorts put profit first, environment last, critics say.

Donald Trump’s negative environmental record in Scotland and elsewhere has conservationists concerned in Bali, where Trump firms are developing a major resort and golf facility known as Trump International Hotel & Tower Bali.

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Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas.

Sewage plants are leaking millions of tiny plastic beads into Britain's seas

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Government move foils effort to reveal coal mine damage, environment groups say.

Extending the life of the Springvale coal mine will raise to "extreme" the risk of damage to upland swamps while locking in long-term pollution issues for Sydney's water catchment, according to evidence prepared for the Land and Environment Court.

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Water

No more platform No 2s: Train toilets to stop emptying on to tracks.

The final flush on train toilets that empty their contents directly on to Britain’s tracks will be pulled in 2019, rail bosses and ministers have promised.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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