‘No community should suffer this’: Florida’s toxic breach was decades in the making

It's been a week since a significant leak at a long-abandoned fertilizer plant in the Tampa Bay area threatened the surrounding groundwater, soil, and local water supplies.

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Flying drones find trash in rivers and send sailing drones to pick it up

Together, flying drones and sailing drones are helping to clear rivers of plastic waste and oil spills.

Emails raise questions about Chevron's Bay Area oil spill response

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt was publicly optimistic about a Chevron oil refinery spill. In private he offered a much more critical assessment.

The U.S. chemical safety board was slashed by Trump. Its backlog is piling up

The board’s final report on the 2019 release of a potentially lethal chemical at a Philadelphia refinery is among 19 awaiting approval.

'A sip can kill': Did a chemical company misrepresent data to avoid making a safer product?

A former Syngenta scientist alleges lives could have been saved with tweaks to the formulation of weedkiller paraquat.


Another 75,000 tonnes of toxic waste revealed to be stored at Tiwai Point

The Bluff aluminium smelter has revealed it has another 75,000 tonnes of highly toxic hazardous waste stored in buildings at Tiwai Point - and does not have a solution what to do with it yet.


Parents erupt over FDA failure to regulate toxic metals in food

Lead, arsenic and cadmium are commonly found in baby foods, but also in many of the ingredients families use to make their own.

State regulator’s negotiations with Boeing about Santa Susana cleanup sparks criticism

A state department agency that oversees the cleanup of toxic Santa Susana Field lab met confidentially with Boeing Company, one of the polluters, to mediate the cleanup of the area in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys, drawing criticism from a Ventura County supervisor and activists.


Firefighters battle an unseen hazard: Their gear could be toxic

This week, in a first, firefighters are demanding independent testing for cancer-linked chemicals known as PFAS in their gear and that their union drop sponsorships from chemical and equipment makers.

Environmental advocates alarmed by EPA approval of two citrus pesticides

The Trump Environmental Protection Administration handed citrus growers a "parting gift," as one professional journal put it: the ability to use a previously banned neurotoxic pesticide and a broad-spectrum antibiotic to fight citrus greening.


Two California cities top list of dirtiest places in the U.S.

Two California cities top a new list of the dirtiest cities in the United States, based largely on air pollution that is made worse by climate change.


Trump’s EPA team overrules career scientists on toxic chemical

Changes to the safety assessment for a major cause of water pollution are the administration's latest “landmine” for Joe Biden's incoming appointees, one Democratic aide said.

Toxic algae blooms in reservoirs near Steamboat detected thanks to new state protocol

Blue-green algae that populate lakes in and of themselves are not harmful and form the basis of the riparian food web. Under certain conditions, however, the algae multiply rapidly, form blooms and produce toxins.


Pakistan looks to new tech to curb crop burning and cut smog

A new effort by the Punjab government to tackle air pollution caused by rice stubble burning is taking off as machines - called Happy Seeders - are given to farmers at a subsidized cost. The technology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 78%.

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Mine ponds cause toxic mercury pollution in the Peruvian Amazon

A recent study by researchers in Peru and the US found that, in the past 35 years, there has been a 670% increase in the extent of pits and ponds created by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Lead detected in 80% of Allegheny County, Pa., water systems: Report

"There is no safe level of lead in drinking water and this report amplifies the need for health protective action levels."

Earth Day 2021: Looking back at an unprecedented year for the planet

As we honor Earth today, let's remember how much she's been through lately.

LISTEN: Abrania Marrero on dietary colonialism in Puerto Rico

"Shifts in the agricultural priorities of the island has ... political, cultural, and, ultimately, nutritional implications."

The pollution plumes of North Pole

An oil refining chemical has infiltrated the water of a small Alaskan town, but families—many worried about health issues—are left with more questions than answers.

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.

Systemic racism continues to plague pandemic response: Derrick Z. Jackson

Remembering those have fallen to the collective selfishness of the prior White House and the nation's governors—a selfishness significantly stained by systemic racism.

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