"A new survey shows arsenic levels in public water are disproportionately high in certain U.S. communities, despite national regulatory standards designed to protect people from the harmful chemical."
"Get poisoned or get on board. That’s the choice soybean farmers such as Will Glazik face. The past few summers, farmers near Glazik’s central Illinois farm have sprayed so much of the weedkiller dicamba at the same time that it has polluted the air for hours and sometimes days."
"Loyalists to President Trump have blocked transition meetings at some government agencies and are sitting in on discussions at other agencies between career civil servants and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s transition teams, sometimes chilling conversations, several federal officials said."
"Elevated levels of a PFAS compound were associated with more severe forms of Covid-19, according to a Danish study now undergoing peer review. The research, which involved 323 patients infected with the coronavirus, found that those who had elevated levels of a chemical called PFBA were more than twice as likely to have a severe form of the disease."
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"When Christine Bennett tried to return to her house in Mossville, on the outskirts of Lake Charles, after Hurricane Laura plowed through in August, roads were blocked around BioLab. A fire at the pool chemical manufacturer burned for three days after the storm."
"The EPA on Friday proposed multiple strategies—including limiting some spraying—to reduce human and wildlife’s exposures to chlorpyrifos, a widely-used insecticide that can harm the nervous system.
"Something was decimating the salmon that had been restored to creeks around Puget Sound."
"Solvay had previously withheld information about the PFAS chemicals on the grounds that it was “confidential business information.”"
"With climate a major issue in two Senate runoff elections, the state’s voters need look no further than coastal Brunswick for potential risks."