Kristina Marusic

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PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking

The “forever chemicals” are used by the oil and gas industry, but a lack of transparency and accountability makes it impossible to know how widespread contamination could be.

PITTSBURGH—For more than a decade, Bryan Latkanich has discussed his concerns about fracking chemicals contaminating the water and air near his home with anyone who would listen.

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Credit: Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2021

How Colorado is preventing PFAS contamination from the oil and gas industry

Editor’s note: This story is a follow-up to our recent report that found PFAS in a private well near fracking in Pennsylvania.

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Air pollution lowers global life expectancy by more than two years: Report

Air pollution takes 2.2 years off global average life expectancy, according to a report published today.

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Colorado is the first state to ban PFAS in oil and gas extraction

This month Colorado became the first state to ban the use of PFAS in the extraction of oil and gas.

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Solar power at Pennsylvania schools doubled during the pandemic

NORTH BRADDOCK, Penn.—On Wednesday evening, 10th grader Abby Wypych stood in front of Woodland Hills School District’s board and urged them to approve a feasibility study on installing solar panels.

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One year after our “Fractured” investigation on fracking: Lots of talk, no action

In March 2021, EHN published Fractured, a groundbreaking investigation on chemical exposures and fracking. One year later, where do things stand when it comes to fracking and health?

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A new monitor could revolutionize the way air pollution is regulated

PITTSBURGH — After working as a physicist for the U.S. government for 45 years, Dave Litton was looking forward to retirement in 2016 — but it wasn’t meant to be.

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States will weigh more than 210 bills on toxic “forever chemicals” in 2022

Protecting people from exposure to toxic “forever chemicals” will be a top priority for new state regulations throughout the U.S. in 2022, according to a new analysis.

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EPA seeks to add DINP plasticizer to Toxics Release Inventory

EPA seeks to add DINP plasticizer to toxics list

Proposal comes 20 years after regulators first suggested the additive is a health risk

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Peter Dykstra: Greenwashing’s medieval age

Old school greenwashers and deniers with staying power.

PFAS Testing

Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

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Evidence of PFAS in toilet paper (Yes, toilet paper!)

Testing finds fluorine — an indicator of PFAS — in four brands of toilet paper. However, the levels indicate the chemicals are unlikely added on purpose.

atrazine pesticide

Op-Ed: Countries all over the world are banning atrazine. The US just keeps spraying.

Until the EPA untethers itself from the wishes of the pesticide industry, we can never trust that it is following the science and protecting people and wildlife from the most dangerous poisons.

Peter Dykstra: The Birth of Greenwashing

Peter Dykstra: The Birth of Greenwashing

Five early efforts to make the ickiest environmental efforts look clean