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An aerial view Feb. 17, 2017, shows industry along the Calumet River in Chicago, including the S.H. Bell storage facility, in foreground at lower left, along the east side of the river. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)
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Petcoke piles gone, but another dangerous pollutant discovered in the air

CHICAGO — “Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are gone from Chicago, but federal and city officials discovered a potentially more dangerous type of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the East Side neighborhood. Air monitors posted around two storage terminals on the Calumet River during 2014 […]

The DuPont name appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Credit: AP file photo
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Dupont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

COLUMBUS — “DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million ‘global settlement’ had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant. In a press release, DuPont said the […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
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After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese

CHICAGO, IL — “They thought it was over when the black dust went away. For decades, residents on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side complained about thick clouds of black dust blowing across their neighborhoods, through their windows and even into their mouths. The dust came from uncovered piles of coal and petroleum coke, […]

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency
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Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency

WASHINGTON, DC — “The former officials said Pruitt “has gone to disturbing lengths to advance the views and interests of business” — a reference to his close ties to the fossil fuel industry, with which he often has sided in his cases against the EPA. ‘By contrast, there is little or […]

Ohio Citizen Action and 172 other groups oppose EPA Administrator nominee
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Ohio Citizen Action and 172 other groups oppose EPA Administrator nominee

WASHINGTON, DC — “Over 170 environmental, health, and public interest groups sent a letter to the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works committee opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Scott Pruitt has actively worked against the mission of the agency he has been […]

DuPont corporate headquarters | Credit: Mark Maketa/Getty Images
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For DuPont and Chemours, millions ride on the word ‘among’

CINCINNATI — “For DuPont Co. and its Chemours Co. spinoff, hundreds of millions of dollars hinge on the interpretation of the word ‘among.’ A Cincinnati appeals court heard arguments Friday that will affect the fate of thousands of lawsuits by people who drank water contaminated with a Teflon ingredient called […]

Photo by Scott Wegener | WCPO
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What stunk up Northside? Officials think it was asphalt, engineers say it can’t be

CINCINNATI — “Something stunk up Northside on Tuesday morning. Officials said it’s likely asphalt, but a city engineer said the paving didn’t begin until after the smell was reported. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency got its first of nine complaints at about 8 a.m. Most were centered around Northside, […]

An aeration pond in Crossett, Arkansas, part of a waste-treatment system used by a Koch-owned paper company.	PHOTOGRAPH BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI / COURTESY COMPANY TOWN
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A whistle-blower accuses the Kochs of “poisoning” an Arkansas town

CROSSETT, AR — “This summer, [Dickie Guice, who worked as a safety coördinator at a large Koch-owned paper plant in Arkansas] decided to speak out about the paper mill in Crossett, a working-class town of some fifty-two hundred residents ten miles north of the Louisiana border.* The mill is run […]

Using data from the EPA, researchers mapped areas of the country where high levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have surfaced in drinking water supplies. (Courtesy Xindi Hu)
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Researchers find unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans

WASHINGTON, DC — “The federal government does not currently regulate PFAS chemicals. But they are on the EPA’s list of “unregulated contaminants” that the agency monitors, with the goal of restricting those that most endanger public health. Partly because the rules that it must follow are complicated and contentious, officials have failed to […]

Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability
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Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability

CHARLESTON, WV — “It’s time to get to the bottom of how DuPont Co.’s spinoff of part of its holdings and its nearly completed merger with Dow Chemical Co. affect the liabilities related to water contamination with and human illnesses potentially caused by the manufacturing giant’s C8 chemical, a federal […]