Groups threaten to sue Yellowstone Club over claims of illegal nitrogen pollution

Two conservation groups and an environmental law firm are poised to sue the Yellowstone Club alleging the club is illegally discharging nitrogen into the South Fork of the Gallatin River.
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River Wye pollution: Campaigners call on poultry firms to act

Activists have called on two major poultry suppliers to take action to protect the River Wye from pollution. The river, which flows through Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, has excessive algae growth often caused by high phosphate levels in the water.

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Maryland moves to curb water pollution from chicken rendering plant

After years of complaints from its neighbors, state regulators have ordered a controversial poultry rendering plant on Maryland's Eastern Shore to curtail its pollution of a Chesapeake Bay tributary and say they will crack down on environmental violations there.

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California city wins $48M over perchlorate contamination

The city of Pomona is set to receive $48M in damages from SQM North America Corporation after a legal battle over perchlorate groundwater contamination.
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Okinawa governor wants on-site scrutiny after water samples show toxic discharge from Marine base

Ginowan city said it sampled water just outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s fence line on Aug. 26, approximately two hours after the Marines began dumping treated wastewater into the public system.
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What contaminants lurk in the UK's drinking water? An expert explains

Recently, a school project made an alarming discovery: the presence of five times the recommended maximum amount of lead in water samples taken from 14 schools across the UK.

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Mount Polley fined $9,000 for violating new wastewater permit for two years

The company responsible for Canada’s largest tailings spill failed to meet new provincial conditions for a wastewater permit in the wake of a 2014 mining disaster, B.C.’s Environmental Appeal Board has ruled. The ruling shoots down an appeal by Mount Polley Mining Corp., a subsidiary of Imperial Metals. The B.C. Environment Ministry previously issued the...
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Failure at the Faucet: A series exploring risks to drinking water across Wisconsin.

Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at the current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid a focus on paint.

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Trump rule reversal expands protections for Montana waterways

Many of Montana's streams and wetlands lost Clean Water Act protections after the Trump administration passed a federal rule in 2020, but those pollution protections were restored following a recent decision by a U.S. district court judge.

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Small amounts of pesticides detected in groundwater 6 miles from AltEn site

The biofuel plant south of Mead turned discarded, treated seeds into ethanol, producing wastewater and distiller's grains heavily laced with pesticides in the process.

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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.
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Plastic pollution litters the Great Lakes. The problem is only getting worse

Broken down bits of bottle caps, wrappers, beach toys — as well non-consumer items like industrial resin “nurdle” pellets — have become a staple of Michigan shorelines.
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Lake Superior summer: Harmful algal blooms come to a lake once believed immune

Climate change is giving cyanobacteria a more pronounced advantage, leading to more intense, widespread blooms.

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Hurricane Ida: Broken pipeline found by divers in search for Gulf of Mexico oil spill

A broken pipeline is believed to be the source of an ongoing oil spill which appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida.

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Science project reveals high lead levels in schools’ water

Pupils at 14 schools taking part in the Great British Water Project have made a startling discovery - their drinking water contains lead that is up to five times higher than the recommended maximum.

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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.

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.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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