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"Outrage Over Fresh Chemical Leak At Shell Plastics Plant"

"When Shell Chemical Appalachia announced the start of a massive plastics manufacturing facility last November in western Pennsylvania, [it] ... touted the company’s “strong and innovative safety focus.” But now, just six months later, the plant has been the site of multiple malfunctions, including the leakage of benzene, a known carcinogen, along with other pollutants last month."

Source: The New Lede, 05/03/2023

"In the Game of Musical Mines, Environmental Damage Takes a Back Seat"

"Jeff Hoops built Blackjewel into the nation’s sixth largest coal company by acquiring bankrupt mines. When it declared bankruptcy, he pivoted to other ventures, leaving polluted streams and mud-shrouded roads in his wake."

Source: ProPublica, 04/27/2023

New Book: "Did a Military Lab Spill Anthrax Into Public Waterways?"

"Unsterilized laboratory wastewater from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, spewed out the top of a rusty 50,000-gallon outdoor holding tank, the pressure catapulting it over the short concrete wall that was supposed to contain hazardous spills."

Source: KFF Health News, 04/26/2023

"Salamander Dads Are Turning Into Cannibals, Threatening Species Survival"

"The hellbenders’ alarming change in behavior may be linked to deforestation, a new study found."

"The hellbender salamander has been called a lot of things. Snot otter. Mud devil. Old lasagna sides.

And now, perhaps: baby-eating cannibal, according to new research into the parental habits of these giant amphibians.

An eight-year study of hellbenders living in the cold, rocky rivers of southwestern Virginia has found that male salamanders are increasingly consuming their own young in areas near decimated forests.

Source: NYTimes, 04/25/2023

"Granholm Backs Mountain Valley Pipeline"

"The Biden administration has thrown its weight behind the Mountain Valley pipeline, a major natural gas project favored by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and opposed by environmental advocates."

Source: E&E News, 04/25/2023

"EPA Reaches Deal To Police Pennsylvania’s Pollution of Chesapeake Bay"

"The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to step up enforcement in Pennsylvania to ensure that it meets targets for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, state and environmental officials announced Thursday."

Source: Washington Post, 04/21/2023

Plastic Recycling Plant Could Send Toxic PFAS Into Susquehanna River

"Warnings that a large-scale plastics recycling plant planned along a floodplain in Central Pennsylvania could flush toxic PFAS into the Susquehanna River, a major source of drinking water for millions, are stirring a budding opposition movement."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/13/2023

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