Plastic is far more toxic than we thought

You know that phthalates and flame retardants are toxic. But a new study finds that a quarter of all chemicals in plastics could be equally harmful to you.
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South Jersey lawsuits over toxic chemicals

A local battle against toxic chemicals polluting water, soil and air in parts of South Jersey is going to federal court, as multiple lawsuits are being prepared alleging that chemicals emitted by two industrial plants caused birth defects, cancers and other illnesses in dozens of people.


Camp Lejeune veteran on verge of homelessness speaks out

Former Marine Sam Maynard has had a long battle with PTSD and disability, but he hasn't lost his fighting spirit.

Pennsylvania: Contaminated Chester County site still mired in legal fights over redevelopment plan

The DEP says it is working on cleanup standards the developer would have to meet before it could build town homes on the 14-acre Bishop Tube site, which is polluted with a number of toxic chemicals.

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.


A toxic stew that’s threatened St Petersburg, Russia is finally getting mopped up

Acid from old car batteries. Industrial chemicals. Bleaches and solvents. Mercury from thermometers. Cyanide. Lead paint. Pesticides.


In the cannabis patch, a patchwork of safety standards-and in some cases none at all

35 states have legalized cannabis but there still are no uniform standards for regulating potentially harmful contaminants.

Jon Stewart, Sen. Gillibrand push for burn pit law to aid veterans care and benefits

“If an enemy did this to us, we’d ... bomb them into oblivion,” Jon Stewart told The Washington Post. "We did it to ourselves and we’re ignoring it.”

Ford, state expand probe of toxic waste dump near St. Paul's Ford site

New groundwater samples around 'Area C' will help determine a cleanup plan.

Savannah River Site fights contamination with massive underground wall

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions recently finished constructing a large underground, water-permeable wall made of recycled iron filings that neutralize Cold War-era chemical solvents found in the aquifer beneath the Savannah River Site.


Andover reckons with past pollution as landfill’s hazardous waste cleanup begins

The state allowed hazardous wastes to be dumped at the landfill between 1972 and 1974.


Zoning proposed for Pompton Lakes NJ DuPont site, raising concerns

Some residents are concerned that the change to a nonresidential plan for the 289 acres would mean less stringent toxic cleanup requirements.

Progress made in SRS aquifer cleanup effort

The management and operations contractor for Savannah River Site has completed the first phase of testing a new approach that uses oxidants to neutralize solvents from groundwater underneath the facility.


After natural disasters, workers rebuild — and face exploitation

Immigrant workers and day laborers are especially vulnerable to health risks and wage theft.
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Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

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