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Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes
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Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes

CHICAGO, IL — “PCB emissions may still threaten residents of Chicago and other Great Lakes communities, according to a recently published study that calls for legislation to control the largest sources of the longtime pollutant. Classified as a ‘persistent environmental pollutant’ by the EPA, PCBs cause cancer in people and […]

FOR DECADES 3M was the primary producer of C8, or PFOA, and was the sole producer of a related chemical known as PFOS.
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Lawsuits charge that 3M knew about the dangers of Its chemicals

ST PAUL, MN— “Based on the company’s own research, the complaint argues, 3M ‘knew or should have known’ that PFCs harm human health and the environment and that the chemicals would leach from their disposal sites into and “result in injury, destruction, and loss of natural resources of the State.” […]

Conservationists get a seat at Ohio River pollution discussions
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Conservationists get a seat at Ohio River pollution discussions

CINCINNATI — “Conservation and environmental groups will now have a formal seat at the table when regulators meet to review water quality issues and standards for the Ohio River – a status enjoyed by the power industry and other groups for years. Last month the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation […]

Are you a toxic waste disposal site?
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Are you a toxic waste disposal site?

NEW YORK, NY — “Even if you’re not in Flint, Mich., there are toxic chemicals in your home. For that matter, in you. Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals — from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel — as well as neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast […]

About 85 percent of male smallmouth bass collected in national wildlife refuges in the Northeastern U.S. had eggs were growing in their testes. Pollutants that mimic sex hormones are the suspected culprit.
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Why are these male fish growing eggs?

Fish in wildlife refuges are feminized, probably by hormone-skewing pollution. What does this portend for the health of all creatures—and people? SWANTON, VT — “Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey studied fish in 19 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. Northeast, including Missisquoi. […]

Report: Public still not safe from West-style industrial blasts
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Report: Public still not safe from West-style industrial blasts

WACO, TX — ” The weaknesses in chemical safety oversight and preparedness that allowed the West Fertilizer Co. explosion to occur still pose a risk to the public in Texas and beyond, federal investigators say in a report they will present in Waco on Thursday. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board […]

Toxic “reform” law will gut state rules on dangerous chemicals
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Toxic “reform” law will gut state rules on dangerous chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC — “A new set of bills that aims to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act may nullify the efforts of states such as Maine and California to regulate dangerous chemicals. The Senate’s bill, passed last month, just before the holidays, is particularly restrictive. The Frank R. Lautenberg […]

Poisoning the well
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Poisoning the well

Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated U.S. drinking water WARRINGTON, PA — “In 2012, data gathered from plaintiffs in a class-action suit Bilott and others filed against DuPont found that exposure to PFOA was likely linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid diseases, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, and preeclampsia. The minimum level […]

Environmental Protection Agency calls Ohio River the most polluted in country
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Environmental Protection Agency calls Ohio River the most polluted in country

CINCINNATI — “Flowing nearly 1,000 miles across six states, the Ohio River was ranked the most polluted river in the United States for the seventh year in a row, according to a February Environmental Protection Agency report. The Ohio Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) reported the river has 23 million […]

What chemicals are used in fracking? Industry discloses less and less
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What chemicals are used in fracking? Industry discloses less and less

Companies that report their hydraulic fracturing chemicals to FracFocus have become less forthcoming since 2013, finds a study of 96,000 disclosures BROOKLYN, NY — “Since 2013, energy companies that report their hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the FracFocus website have become less forthcoming, increasingly citing the use of proprietary compounds to […]