Water & Oceans

"'Garbage' Chemical Threatens Valley Water"

"A 1974 memo from Dow Chemical describes several chemicals in a widely used farm fumigant as 'garbage.' Today, one of those useless chemicals threatens drinking water for more than 1 million people across the San Joaquin Valley. Now linked to cancer, the toxin was waste from a plastic-making process. Chemical companies often mix such leftovers to create other products to avoid the cost of disposal, says one long-time chemical engineer."

Source: Fresno Bee, 04/23/2012
August 5, 2012 to August 10, 2012

97th Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting Portland 2012

Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing and Sustaining Our Ecosystems

Obama Proposes Reviving Wetlands Policy Industry Blocked Under Bush

"In 2006, developers, mining companies and agribusinesses convinced the George W. Bush administration to scale back a proposal that would have widened federal protections for wetlands and waterways in the wake of a muddled Supreme Court ruling on Clean Water Act enforcement."

Source: Greenwire, 04/19/2012

BP To Get Gulf Oil Spill Information Withheld from Public

After complaints from BP, the US government agreed to give the company evidence of the basis for its calculation of the flow rate from the stricken Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. The government will hand over to BP some 100 documents about the size of the 2010 oil spill that have not yet been made public.


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