Pollution

"Scientists Study Stormwater, Deadly To Salmon"

"Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray."

Source: AP, 11/17/2014

Environmentalists Threaten To Sue Over Coal Ash at TVA Gallatin Plant

"Conservation groups have filed initial paperwork to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority, contending that harmful pollutants have been seeping from 55-year-old coal ash storage ponds at the Gallatin power plant and into drinking water."

Source: Nashville Tennessean, 11/11/2014

"Some Worry Treatment Plant Won't Keep Berkeley Pit Water in Check"

"BUTTE — The number 5,410 has special meaning to Butte. It’s the critical water level – 5,410 feet above sea level – of the Berkeley Pit. The water in the pit must be kept below that elevation or risk contaminating Silver Bow Creek."

Source: Billings Gazette, 11/10/2014

Exxon Claims 900,000 Pages of Secrets on Arkansas Spill

Yes, the pipeline is publicly regulated. Yes, the March 2013 rupture of Exxon's Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, quite publicly polluted people's yards and homes. Yes, it is publicly known that there were defects and poor maintenance on the pipeline. But 900,000 pages of documents that might show Exxon's neglect are being claimed as "confidential" by the company as it tries to defend against a class-action lawsuit.

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