Pollution

"Plan Targets Farmers in 3 States To Reduce Lake Erie Algae"

"Farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana are being asked to be part of the solution in fixing the algae problem in Lake Erie. Federal officials on Friday outlined a program that will make $17.5 million available to farmers who take steps to reduce the pollutants that wash away from the fields and help the algae thrive."

Source: AP, 01/20/2015

"Vermont Farms Fret Over New Sanctions For Water Pollution"

"Environmentalists are giving Gov. Peter Shumlin early accolades for his proposal to reduce the amount of phosphorus running into Lake Champlain. But a prominent agriculture group says the plan to clean up the lake might end up hurting the farms that operate near it."

Source: Vermont Public Radio, 01/20/2015

"Study: Diabetes Drug Affecting Fish in Lake Michigan"

"Researchers have found that pharmaceuticals and personal-care byproducts persist at low levels miles from sewage discharge pipes in Lake Michigan. And a study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows that the most prevalent drug in the lake — the Type 2 diabetes medication Metformin — changes the hormonal system of fish exposed to it."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 01/16/2015

"BP Faces Up To $13.7 Billion in Fines for 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster"

"A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The ruling means BP now faces up to $13.7 billion in pollution fines for the spill, well below the amount federal prosecutors want the company to pay."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/16/2015

"Study: High Levels of Pollutants From Drilling Waste Found in Pa. Rivers"

"New scientific sampling and analysis has found high concentrations of ammonium and iodide, two potentially hazardous pollutants, in oil and gas well drilling wastewater discharged into streams and rivers in Pennsylvania and other states."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 01/15/2015

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