Post Tagged with: "Right to Know"

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River. Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What chemicals are used in fracking? Industry discloses less and less
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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 […]

Two years after West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, are workers any safer? New report says no
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Two years after West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, are workers any safer? New report says no

WEST, TX — “In a report released this week, the Center for Effective Government, a non-partisan government watchdog, examined emergency response planning and reporting on chemicals required of plants like West Fertilizer under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)—enacted in response to the 1984 release of deadly methylisocyanate gas […]

Hazmat crews clean up after tanker leaks onto I-70
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Hazmat crews clean up after tanker leaks onto I-70

PITTSBURGH, PA – “Hazmat crews worked to clean up a spill in Westmoreland County Sunday afternoon. Between 11:30 a.m. and noon, a 100-gallon tanker was leaking onto the street and potentially into storm drains as it was traveling on Interstate 70. … It was initially reported that the tanker was […]