Cleaning up AltEn plant next step in long process

Local, state and federal governments must continue to take every possible action to mitigate the environmental disaster created by the plant's use of pesticide-treated seed corn to make alcohol.

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Limetree Bay refinery halts operations after raining oil on St. Croix local residents once again

A troubled refinery in St. Croix announced Wednesday evening it would temporarily halt operations after raining oil on local residents for the second time in just over three months.

Major oil spill at Easton Point, hundreds of gallons leak into Tred Avon River

Dozens of firefighters and emergency responders across the Mid-Shore fought to clean up and contain a major fuel spill in the Tred Avon River.

Wildfires are contaminating drinking water systems more than people realize

There were over 58,000 wildfires in the U.S. last year, and the 2021 wildfire season is already underway in many western states. What many people don't realize is that these wildfires can also contaminate our drinking water systems with carcinogens that can last for months.

The lithium gold rush: Inside the race to power electric vehicles

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green.

PFAS prevalence, effects clearer: report

Researchers say concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water from the lower Cape Fear region "considerably higher" than levels nationwide.

Biden's infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US

President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

St. Louis and EPA leaders push for federal funding to update city's water system

St. Louis and Environmental Protection Agency officials are calling for the passage of President Joe Biden's jobs plan to help update the city's water treatment system to continue to provide safe drinking water.


Some rural California residents doubt they'll ever get clean water

Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.

Iraqi sewage, pollutants threaten ancient Mesopotamian marshes

In a country where the state lacks the capacity to guarantee basic services, 70 percent of Iraq's industrial waste is dumped directly into rivers or the sea, according to data compiled by the United Nations and academics.

Will lawmakers address harmful chemicals in North Carolina water?

Ten bills concerning the so-called “forever chemicals" are trying to gain traction in the state legislature but the issue is becoming partisan.

Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds

Exemptions in the law and owner permission put hundreds of wells closer to homes, schools and churches than the 500-foot setback meant to protect health.

Páramos at risk: The interconnected threats to a biodiversity hotspot

The pressures of climate change and human land use could lead to the disappearance of unique biodiversity and vital ecological services.

Harmful algal blooms in Clear Lake, California

A monitoring program tracks toxic cyanobacteria and influences change.
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The draw—and deadlines—of American denial

From vaccines to elections to climate change, denial is doing lasting damage to the country.

What do politicians have to say about 'Fractured?'

Here are the responses we've gotten so far from politicians about our study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals.

Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

By connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure.

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.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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