The unfinished business of Flint's water crisis

Criminal charges and a class-action settlement may seem like the last chapter in Flint’s story, but many of the most important reforms at the root of the city’s water crisis remain undone.
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UK: George Eustice says water firms must cut sewage releases into rivers and sea

Environment secretary says water companies too reliant on overflows discharging pollution after storms.


Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water.


These biological tags help track down the cause of E. coli outbreaks

Scientists have a hard time figuring out where foodborne outbreaks come from. This new tracking system makes the detective work easy.

Biden's extremely busy Day 1 on climate change

The new president spent much of his first day in office signing orders, staffing up departments and laying plans for the days ahead.

Tracking environmental actions under Biden

President Biden is already unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.

Restoring environmental rules rolled back by Trump could take years

President Biden has promised to reinstate more than 100 rules and regulations aimed at environmental protection that his predecessor rolled back. It won’t happen overnight.

One in six now reporting health symptoms from BP ship fuel exposure in Mauritius

One in six people directly exposed to the oil spill in Mauritius last summer are now reporting serious medical conditions just six months on. The fuel was manufactured by BP and was an experimental 'low-sulfur' ship fuel never before spilled in the ocean.

State awards low-interest loan to reduce sewage overflows to Mon and Ohio rivers

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has been awarded a $7.75 million state grant to lessen sewage overflows into local rivers.


'No more broken treaties': Indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Tribes and environmentalists hail decision to cancel Keystone XL pipeline but call on president to go further.


North Carolina: Smithfield project that converts hog waste to energy worries nearby residents

The N.C. Division of Air Quality granted Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy one of the permits they need to move forward in completing a controversial project to create natural gas by using hog waste in Sampson and Duplin County.


Perry Gottesfeld: Electric cars' looming recycling problem

Opinion | Financial incentives to recycle spent electric vehicle batteries are eroding. That could spell environmental disaster.

At dawn of Biden administration, opportunities for water systems

With Democratic control of the Presidency and Congress, water programs could receive more attention.


Northwest’s salmon population may be running out of time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

Funding to fix flooding, pollution problems a high priority for many communities despite budget concerns

Despite the financial uncertainties municipalities are facing because of the covid pandemic, communities in the North Hills still plan to spend a significant amount of money this year in the battle to keep stormwater from damaging property and polluting waterways.

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A big green turnaround

As the US government flips, a few random looks back, and a peek ahead.

The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

Researchers say "proforestation" policies are the fastest and most effective way to draw excess CO2 out of the atmosphere.

Op-ed: Could paint be harming your health?

An endocrine-disrupting chemical lurks in paint – but safer options are available.

Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between pollution and cancer in children.

Unplugged: Abandoned oil and gas wells leave the ocean floor spewing methane

The Gulf of Mexico is littered with tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells, and toothless regulation leaves climate warming gas emissions unchecked.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

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