How military outsourcing turned toxic.

Fraud. Bribery. Incompetence. The military’s use of contractors adds to a legacy of environmental damage.

IN AUGUST 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s handling of its hazardous waste.

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Dangerous pollutants in military’s open burns greater than thought, tests indicate.

The first results in a national effort to better measure the levels of contaminants released through the burning of munitions and their waste show elevated levels of lead, arsenic and other toxins.

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Kaboom town.

COLFAX, LOUISIANA — Two years ago, the U.S. military had an embarrassment on its hands: A stockpile of aging explosives blew up at a former Army ammunition plant in Minden, Louisiana, sending a cloud of debris 7,000 feet into the sky.

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Open burns, ill winds.

RADFORD, VIRGINIA — Shortly after dawn most weekdays, a warning siren rips across the flat, swift water of the New River running alongside the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Red lights warning away boaters and fishermen flash from the plant, the nation’s largest supplier of propellant for artillery and the source of explosives for almost every American bullet fired overseas.

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Is the EPA's landmark 'endangerment finding' now itself imperiled?

The EPA’s court-backed determination that greenhouse gases are a threat to America’s health and security might prove hard for a Trump administration to undo.

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California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential drinking water reserves.

As the western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry.

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VIDEO: Killing the Colorado.

The Discovery Channel produced this documentary based on the reporting of ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten.

Federal report appears to undercut EPA assurances on water safety In Pennsylvania.

Federal Report Appears to Undercut EPA Assurances on Water Safety In Pennsylvania

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