Last of GE's Fort Edward factory is removed

It's the end of a thriving era, but the PCB cleanup is ongoing.

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Toxics

Cuyahoga Valley National Park wraps up Krejci Dump clean-up, restoration

The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has completed the cleanup, restoration and revegetation of a former toxic waste dump in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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Justice

The Southeast Side doesn’t deserve to be the city’s ashcan

The federal government has opened an investigation into the state’s approval of a scrap metal recycler’s move from tony Lincoln Park to the Southeast Side, a mostly minority, low income part of the city. Local residents want jobs, but not the kind that come with the prospect of pollution.
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Justice

Can harvesting rare earth elements solve the coal ash crisis?

Over 3 billion tons of coal ash occupy more than 1,400 sites across the US.

Originals

The Superfund program turns 40. And it's a mess.

History will record that Abraham Browning first christened New Jersey "The Garden State" in 1876.
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www.nwitimes.com
Justice

Watchdog group: HUD, other agencies failed East Chicago families, children exposed to lead

A federal watchdog says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies missed "multiple opportunities" to safeguard residents from lead and arsenic contamination.
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Justice

EPA conducting five-year review of Superfund site in East Chicago

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun its first cleanup evaluation of the USS Lead Superfund site, a review typically done every five years so long as contaminants remain on site.
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Justice

Ann Arbor-area officials still waiting to hear if Whitmer will support Superfund cleanup

As Ann Arbor's dioxane case intensifies, local officials met with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell to strategize.

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Justice

Judge finds some of polluter’s arguments in Ann Arbor dioxane case ‘significantly valid’

Attorneys representing local officials pushed back Thursday as Judge Tim Connors agreed on points made by polluter Gelman Sciences.
mtstandard.com
Justice

Economic outlook: A look at Superfund economics in Anaconda and Butte

In Butte and Anaconda, Superfund cleanup is foremost a matter of community health and safety. As agreements are settled and cleanup kicks into high gear, however, the two communities also stand to reap economic benefits.

www.nytimes.com
Toxics

Toxic ‘black mayonnaise’ seeps into Gowanus Bay after barge accident

As Brooklyn residents voiced concern, the Environmental Protection Agency said it appeared little toxic material had been released into the bay.
grist.org
Justice

Why did a Chicago community of color get stuck with a scrapyard?

Illinois’ decision to approve the Chicago scrapyard is the target of a federal civil rights investigation.
mtstandard.com
Justice

Plan to assess all Silver Bow County schools for soil contaminants revealed at community Superfund meeting

The RMAP program hopes to assess, and, if necessary, abate the soils on every private and public school property in the county by the end of the 2021 summer break.

From our Newsroom

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: 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: 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: 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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