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Report: Climate change raises flood risks for Superfund sites in N.H., elsewhere

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says hundreds of coastal Superfund sites - including several in New Hampshire - face new risks of flooding due to climate change.

Rising seas puts hundreds of Superfund sites at risk, study says

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists warns sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could be flooded during severe weather events.

As crews dig up lead-poisoned dirt, accelerated cleanup of Pueblo Superfund site cast as EPA model

For more than a decade, the Gonzales family ate chilis, cucumbers and tomatoes grown in a garden behind their house in the low-income Bessemer neighborhood, where industrial smelters a century ago belched pollution. Environmental Protection Agency tests last year found their soil was poisoned with lead.

Navajo Nation sees farming renaissance during coronavirus pandemic

The Navajo Nation is having a farming renaissance in the era of COVID-19. More residents are turning to traditional agriculture as they're under strict travel limits due to the coronavirus.

Hundreds of toxic Superfund sites imperiled by sea-level rise, study warns

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that more than 800 hazardous Superfund sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding in the next 20 years, even with low rates of sea level rise.

Pollution is killing Black Americans. This community fought back

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

Plume needs BNL treatment

Call it a tale of two plumes, a lesson in science, or a parable of corporate intransigence. Whatever the headline, the picture now is clear. The approach taken by Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy to

EPA plans cleanup of Superfund site near Passaic River in Fairfield NJ

Federal authorities on Tuesday proposed excavating contaminated soil and monitoring groundwater at a former industrial site down the street from the Passaic River that has been named a Superfund site.

Shriver Center report: 70 percent of Superfund sites are within a mile of public housing

“Laws and policies have put Black and Brown communities in direct proximity to environmental toxins."

EPA pitches removing 671 East Chicago homes from USS Lead Superfund listing

“It is unacceptable for EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management once again not to provide notice to the residents or consult them sooner,” Templeton said.

New report underscores racial prejudices in Superfund sites

A new report by the Shriver Center on Poverty Law highlights the disproportionate manner in which Superfund sites – home to the country’s most hazardous waste – affect low-income people of color in the U.S.

How the Duwamish River defined Seattle — and could again

In a new history, author BJ Cummings explains how Seattle was built on the waterway at the expense of nearby communities and the river itself.

Dana Jennings: Toxic ghosts

My father and I worked for years at a factory that became a Superfund hazardous-waste site. We’re still feeling the repercussions.

Michigan Senate Committee holds another hearing on bill to exempt gravel mining from local zoning laws

The state Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard more testimony on a controversial gravel mining bill on Wednesday.

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Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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