US EPA's "National Priorities List" includes about 1,280 of the nation's worst sites. But there are tens of thousands of sites not on the NPL, and finding them is fairly easy.
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Disclosure of 22 electric-utility plans for handling coal-ash waste is a good start... but EPA also released the identities of some 40 more — previously undisclosed — scary ash impoundments.
Most of the 580-plus coal-ash impoundments and landfills in the
would make a good local environmental story, and the information available on them is growing. U.S.
MIT researchers have been using custom-made sensors planted on trash in New York City, Seattle, and London to track the circuitous route that trash takes each day. Similar efforts are planned for other cities.
The Associated Press reports "GM says mercury pollution not its problem anymore," defaulting on its dues payments just as the US government's cash-for-clunkers program is causing the retirement of many older vehicles.
A cooperative effort of federal and state agencies, coal companies, and environmental groups, the database lists coal-waste impoundments in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.Region:
Billy Wolfe, of the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram, learns more about the chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing fluid used by gas-drilling companies.Region:
Two competing bills before Congress would pay people to scrap old, inefficient vehicles. But some say the proposed legislation is not as green as it looks and other factors need to be taken into consideration.
Great Lakes' fate hangs in the balance
THE GREAT LAKES WATER WARS
By Peter Annin Island Press, $25.95
Reviewed by TOM HENRY
To those of us who have ever stood along the Great Lakes shoreline and given much thought to the seemingly endless sight of fresh water in front of us, it seems incomprehensible that this part of the country could ever have trouble quenching its thirstTopics on the Beat:
The US Army Corps of Engineers has been exaggerating its cleanup claims for formerly used defense sites.