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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. […]

Much of West, Texas looked like a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the fertilizer explosion two years ago. But steps to prevent further disasters aren't being taken.
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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 […]

ODNR has acknowledged a link between drilling-related activity and small earthquakes that occurred last month near Youngstown.
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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 […]

25 million Americans at risk from oil train traffic in their communities
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25 million Americans at risk from oil train traffic in their communities

NEW YORK, NY — “Waterkeeper Alliance, ForestEthics, Riverkeeper and a national network of Waterkeeper organizations released a new investigative report yesterday, DEADLY CROSSING: Neglected Bridges & Exploding Oil Trains, exploring the condition of our nation’s rail infrastructure and how it is being stressed by oil train traffic. From July to September 2015, […]

An oil train is seen in Dickinson, North Dakota June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
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Oil train risks affect many U.S. schools, group says

HOUSTON, TX — “Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains. ForestEthics said its […]

Fear of toxic air and distrust of government follow Tianjin blasts
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Fear of toxic air and distrust of government follow Tianjin blasts

BEIJING, CHINA — “Within minutes of the immense chemical explosions that sent apocalyptic fireballs into the night sky over Tianjin, Zhou Haisen, 23, was making arrangements to leave town. He was terrified that poisonous gases would reach his apartment six miles from the scene, and his fears were swiftly reinforced […]

The Washington Works DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

Photo: Maddie McGarvey for The Intercept/Investigative Fund
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The Teflon Toxin

DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception PARKERSBURG, WV — “In 2011 and 2012, after seven years of research, the science panel found that C8 was “more likely than not” linked to ulcerative colitis — Wamsley’s condition — as well as to high cholesterol; pregnancy-induced hypertension; thyroid disease; testicular cancer; and […]