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North Dakota wells may produce 27 tons a day of filter socks alone, Scott Radig, director of the North Dakota Health Department’s Division of Waste Management said, citing a private hauler’s estimate. While most material is handled properly, it’s 'clearly not enough. There is definitely some illegal dumping going on.' Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg
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Radioactive waste booms with oil as U.S. states weigh rules

BISMARCK, ND — “Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take. State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and the industry, […]

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Weak records cited on Pa. shale pollution

HARRISBURG — “Even when pollution discharges from shale gas well pads and impoundments contaminate private water supplies, those violations often go unrecorded or publicly reported by state environmental regulators, according to documents filed in the Pennsylvania Superior Court case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s oil and gas law, Act […]

Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know: A progress report
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Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know: A progress report

In June of 2012, Ohio Citizen Action launched the Fracking Chemical Right-to-Know campaign, as a response to the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 315. The new law contained many provisions which benefitted the oil and gas industry at the cost of public health and environmental protections, but one issue stood […]

Ohioans to U.S. EPA: Reject ODNR proposal, protect public health
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Ohioans to U.S. EPA: Reject ODNR proposal, protect public health

CINCINNATI — Today Ohioans began urging U.S. EPA  to reject a proposal from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that would reverse recent progress on fracking chemical disclosure in the state. In a letter to Sicy Jacob of the U.S. EPA Office of Emergency Management, representatives of Ohio Citizen Action […]

A chemical plant in West Virginia
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States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

WASHINGTON, DC — “In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals and industry groups are fighting back with pointed rebukes and high-pitched lobbying. Toxic reform legislation is either breathing with new life or being extinguished altogether. The toxics tug-of-war in […]

Fracking chemical disclosure improvements included in Mid Biennium budget bill
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Fracking chemical disclosure improvements included in Mid Biennium budget bill

COLUMBUS — Governor Kasich’s Mid Biennium budget bill includes language to repeal a hazardous chemical reporting exemption for the oil and gas industry. Prior to a 2001 budget bill, oil and gas drillers had to report hazardous chemicals to state and local emergency planners and fire departments near their wells. The […]

Members of the Nitro Volunteer Fire Department distribute water to local residents following the chemical spill on Saturday, January 11, 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia (AP Photo Michael Switzer)
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How grassroots organizing came to the rescue in West Virginia’s water crisis

CHARLESTON, WV — “Last month, an estimated 10,000 gallons of the coal-processing chemical MCHM, along with an unknown amount of a second substance called PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River — just upstream from a municipal water intake that serves nine counties. Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the […]

Local residents in Charleston continue to load up on bottled water. Photograph: Michael Switzer/AP
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Excuse me, but we shouldn’t be moving on from West Virginia’s chemical spill

America has grown a vast and complex regulatory and financial support system for cheap, dirty energy. This isn’t over WASHINGTON, DC — “The underlying crisis behind most environmental tragedies is the part of the story that we rarely hear about. Our attention is shifting away from chemical spill, as it […]

Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group
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A second chemical was part of West Virginia chemical spill, company reveals

CHARLESTON, WV — “The chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without usable water involved more chemicals than the company responsible had previously reported, officials revealed this week, leading the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to order that company to give a full accounting of the chemicals that had […]

Steam billows from smokestacks at a power plant near the Kanawha River in West Virginia.
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A century of controversy, accidents in West Virginia’s chemical valley in lead-up to spill

Last week’s chemical spill is only the latest chemical accident in the Kanawha River Valley CHARLESTON, WV — “The coal-cleansing chemical that spilled from Freedom Industries’ storage tank into the Elk River last Thursday is only the latest insult in what for some has been a lifetime of industrial accidents […]