Detroit’s toxic river: After decades, some progress—but a long cleanup journey remains

In 1987 the U.S. and Canada entered into a Great Lakes agreement to start the process of cleaning up the most polluted sites, 43 of them, that dot the waterways in and between the two countries. The sites, officially known as Areas of Concern, contain legacy toxic sediment from the industrial era when dumping pollutants ...

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Paulina López, James Rasmussen, BJ Cummings: On the 20th anniversary of its Superfund listing, the Duwamish River faces a triple threat

The future health of Seattle's Duwamish River and its community is at stake as cleanup of the polluted river reaches a new critical stage.


Contaminated site near Columbia’s Bonneville Dam could get top priority for Superfund cleanup

Bradford Island is being proposed for the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund site list, a win for tribal communities that depend on nearby waters for subsistence fishing.

Inside the decades-long fight over an Ohio Superfund site

In Uniontown, Ohio, outside of Akron, residents and officials have clashed over cleanup of the Industrial Excess Landfill.

In three predominantly Black North Birmingham neighborhoods, residents live inside an environmental ‘nightmare’

While many communities of color suffer because of their close proximity to hazardous waste Superfund sites, these three north Birmingham neighborhoods are the Superfund site.


Jacksonville eyes development deal at old Kerr-McGee Superfund site

The former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. Superfund site has been idle since 1978, with an environmental cleanup long needed.

Nassau supervisor wants more testing around toxic superfund site

More testing for PCB-contaminated sediments that possibly moved downstream during recent flooding must be done along the Little Thunder Brook and the Valatie Kill, Town Supervisor David Fleming said Monday.

Columbia River’s Bradford Island gets new push for toxic Superfund status

Indigenous tribes and environmentalists are calling on the Biden administration to live up to its commitment to environmental justice by cleaning up a contaminated Columbia River island adjacent to Bonneville Dam.

Hurricanes, Superfund sites: double trouble for NJ

The active hurricane season that's being predicted for the Northeast could mean double trouble for NJ, home to almost 120 Superfund sites.

EPA plans Superfund cleanup for Bear Creek near Baltimore

After years of study and legal wrangling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to use the federal Superfund cleanup program to tackle extensive toxic contamination in the bottom of Bear Creek near Baltimore.

Supreme Court: Guam can sue U.S. government over toxic waste site

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled Guam could sue the United States government for the cleanup costs of an abandoned toxic waste dump on the island once used by the Navy.

Madison mayor pledges better communication on PFAS, resists call for task force, health study

It’s been almost three years since the DNR ordered the city, Dane County and National Guard to clean up PFAS contamination at the airport where firefighters trained for decades using

Toxic sites in South Florida at risk of flooding

Scientists are warning about flood waters spreading toxic chemicals into our communities. A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights the risk of flooding at around 1,000 Superfund sites across the country.

Military's mess sparks Guam Superfund battle

This week, before the nation's highest court, nearly a century's worth of tension between the United States and Guam over the cleanup of a massive waste site on the remote Pacific island will come to a head.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

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