Chemicals

Illinois: "5 Dead After Crash, Chemical Leak In Downstate Teutopolis"

"Five people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that included a tanker truck carrying a toxic chemical that spilled Friday night, triggering a large temporary evacuation near downstate Effingham. The truck was holding 7,500 gallons of anhydrous ammonia, of which about 4,000 gallons spilled, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 10/02/2023

"Inside The Complex Effort To Rid Maui Of Toxic Fire Debris And Rubble"

"One of the most complicated wildfire cleanup missions in recent memory is now underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui, where fleets of workers and equipment are being shipped to the island while officials plot how to carefully but quickly remove hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic debris."

Source: Washington Post, 09/29/2023

"Industrial Air Pollution Battle Set to Move Beyond Smokestacks"

"Advocates and communities pushing for increased air pollution monitoring at industrial facilities are stretching the limits of long-standing emission control requirements that have largely stopped at smokestacks."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/28/2023

"Houston OKs $5M To Relocate Residents Near Polluted Union Pacific Yard

"Houston officials on Wednesday approved $5 million for a fund to help relocate residents from neighborhoods located near a rail yard polluted by a cancer-linked wood preservative that has been blamed for an increase in cancer cases."

Source: AP, 09/28/2023

"United Nations Seems to Boost Plastics Industry Interests, Critics Say"

"Ahead of a groundbreaking treaty to reduce plastic pollution, a group of independent scientists fear that the United Nations is legitimizing industry-backed proposals such as chemical recycling."

Source: ProPublica, 09/21/2023

Black Community in W. Va. Sues EPA to Spur Action on Toxic Air Pollution

"Institute, one of two majority-Black communities in the state, was left out of an effort earlier this year to tighten limits on cancer-causing chemicals. Now, a community group is suing."

Source: Mountain State Spotlight, 09/21/2023

"Road Hazard: Evidence Mounts on Toxic Pollution from Tires"

"Researchers are only beginning to uncover the toxic cocktail of chemicals, microplastics, and heavy metals hidden in car and truck tires. But experts say these tire emissions are a significant source of air and water pollution and may be affecting humans as well as wildlife."

Source: YaleE360, 09/20/2023

"A Summer Light Show Dims: Why Are Fireflies Disappearing?"

"Fireflies — whose shimmering, magical glows light up summer nights — are in trouble, threatened by habitat destruction, light pollution, and pesticide use. With 18 species now considered at risk of extinction in North America alone, recovery efforts are only just beginning."

Source: YaleE360, 09/15/2023

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