Chemicals

"Lithium Companies Fight Over Water in the Arid Great Basin"

"In the Nevada valley that is one of the most significant domestic sources of a key element for the energy transition, one company controls the groundwater needed to mine it, another is fighting for a share of it and others are lining up at the tap."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/10/2024

"Railroad Agrees To $600 Million Settlement For Fiery Ohio Derailment"

"Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement for a fiery train derailment in February 2023 in eastern Ohio, but local residents worry the money won’t go very far because their potential health needs down the road may be tremendous."

Source: AP, 04/10/2024

"PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are Pervasive in Water Worldwide, Study Finds"

"A new study of more than 45,000 water samples around the world found that about 31 percent of groundwater samples tested that weren’t near any obvious source of contamination had PFAS levels considered harmful to human health by the Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: NYTimes, 04/09/2024

"Climate-Warming Gases Being Smuggled Into Europe, Investigation Says"

"Large amounts of climate-warming refrigerant gases from China and Turkey are being smuggled illegally into Europe, undermining a global pact to phase them out, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said on Monday."

Source: Reuters, 04/09/2024

"Mercury Exposure Widespread Among Yanomami Tribe In Amazon, Report Finds"

"Many Yanomami, the Amazon’s largest Indigenous tribe in relative isolation, have been contaminated with mercury coming from widespread illegal gold mining, according to a report released on Thursday by Brazil’s top public health institute."

Source: AP, 04/05/2024

California Is Top U.S. Emitter Of A Planet-Warming Termite Pesticide

"Despite its aggressive reputation for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, California releases more of a climate-warming pesticide than all other states combined, most of it from homes fumigated for termites, according to a study published Wednesday."

Source: LA Times, 04/04/2024

Court Approves 3M Settlement Over PFAS Chemicals’ In Public Drinking Water

"Chemical manufacturer 3M will begin payments starting in the third quarter to many U.S. public drinking water systems as part of a multi-billion-dollar settlement over contamination with potentially harmful compounds used in firefighting foam and several consumer products, the company said."

Source: AP, 04/03/2024

"US Appeals Court Kills Ban On Plastic Containers Contaminated With PFAS"

"A federal appeals court in the US has killed a ban on plastic containers contaminated with highly toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” found to leach at alarming levels into food, cosmetics, household cleaners, pesticides and other products across the economy."

Source: Guardian, 04/02/2024

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