Pennsylvania: Legislature revives effort to create special standards for conventional drillers

House Bill 1144 allows companies to spill up to five barrels of oil spills and up to 15 barrels of wastewater without reporting them to the state.
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Flooding tells ‘two different stories’ in Michigan

Access to ample water supplies could make Michigan a climate refuge. But climate change also is creating more fierce Great Lakes region storms and more floods, and the consequences are not evenly distributed.

No easy target for new contaminant, Duluth wastewater agency finds

As the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District works to better understand PFAS, a survey of its biggest wastewater users found that the chemicals are not in heavy use at those places.

Your laundry sheds harmful microfibers. Here’s what you can do about it.

Synthetic fabrics shed millions of tons of microplastics into oceans each year, largely through laundry wastewater. Here are ways to reduce the pollution.

Sewage has stories. Can the U.S. learn to listen?

Sewage epidemiology has been embraced in other countries for decades, but not in the U.S. Will COVID change that?

Two sources of U.S.-Mexico sewage flows are fighting for one pot of money

A giant pipe to the ocean is one of two main ways Tijuana sewage pollutes the coast. The other is the Tijuana River. These two spill points represent a choice regulators must make soon: Tackle the cause of the problem in Mexico, or its impacts in Southern California.

Sensitive habitat under pressure from Piney Point wastewater

Wastewater released from the former Piney Point fertilizer plant property has made its way to the uplands, back bays, estuaries and marshes along the eastern shores of Tampa Bay, putting a substantial amount of nitrogen in the water that could have detrimental effects on some of the region's most sensitive and unique habitats.

Failure at Piney Point: Florida let environmental risk fester despite warnings

How Florida blew a chance to close Piney Point for good in favor of a risky plan to turn a profit at the abandoned phosphate plant.

Raw sewage flooded their homes. They're still waiting for help

New York City accepted responsibility for a collapsed pipe that flooded 127 homes in Queens in 2019, but it has been slow to pay homeowners.

A poultry plant, years of groundwater contamination and, finally, a court settlement

Residents in Millsboro, Delaware, sued the local Montaire facility, which they suspect is linked to their cancers and other serious health problems.

Cleaning denim′s reputation, one pair of jeans at a time

Jeans are a fashion staple but an environmental headache. To resolve this dilemma, the industry has become a melting pot of solutions.

DeSantis vows to hold company accountable for leak at wastewater pond

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to reporters about a 77-acre pond that holds millions of gallons of water containing phosphorus and nitrogen from an old phosphate plant and had a break in one of its walls.

SC gold mine could generate billions, but problems surface

A gold mine would inflict more damage on the landscape by expanding. But the effort could produce $256 million in gold and silver each year.

Watermen lose VA lawsuit over polluted oyster grounds

The Virginia State Supreme Court has ruled that a waterman does not have the right to be compensated for property damages if the oyster grounds he leases from the state

$13 million wastewater grant to private company spurs debate in Maryland

Maryland regulators want to give nearly $13 million to a private company to help it clean up nutrient pollution from an Eastern Shore chicken rendering plant it owns that has a history of discharge violations.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

"Every being is the full expression of themselves."

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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