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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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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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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.

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.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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