Environmental Health

"Toxic Secrets: Pollution, Evasion And Fear In North Jersey"

"An investigation by The Record and NorthJersey.com found that DuPont knew cancer-causing solvents could vaporize into Pompton Lakes homes."

"For decades, an underground plume of toxic chemicals — about eight football fields wide and covering 140 acres — has lurked beneath 400 homes in the shadow of a now-shuttered munitions plant in suburban North Jersey.

The groundwater contaminated with cancer-causing solvents migrated from a century-old DuPont facility, nestled in the hills of Pompton Lakes, which produced ammunition that helped America win two world wars.

Source: Bergen Record, 02/15/2018

Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet Rules on Safe Drinking Water

"To ensure that tap water in the United States is safe to drink, the federal government has been steadily tightening the health standards for the nation’s water supplies for decades. But over and over again, local water systems around the country have failed to meet these requirements." An illuminating data visualization maps where the problems are.

Source: NY Times, 02/14/2018

Tens Of Millions In U.S. Exposed To Unsafe Drinking Water Each Year

"The problem of contaminated drinking water extends far beyond Flint, Mich. A study found tens of millions of Americans could be exposed to unsafe drinking water in any given year, consuming a wide spectrum of contaminants, including fecal coliform, lead and arsenic."

Source: USA TODAY, 02/13/2018

Critics Call Trump Cuts To Hanford Cleanup Budget 'Downright Dangerous'

"Reaction in the Pacific Northwest was swift to President Trump’s proposed cuts to the cleanup budget at the Hanford Site. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, called the proposed $230 million cut “downright dangerous for everyone who lives near the Columbia River.”"

Source: OPB, 02/13/2018

"Chemours' GenX Pollution Worries Spread To West Virginia"

"A Teflon chemical that last year contaminated a North Carolina river that provides drinking water to a region of more than 200,000 people also has been detected at a well under a Chemours facility in West Virginia, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: Wilmington News Journal, 02/12/2018

Is Pruitt Bluffing? Or Will He Gut Tough Calif. Emissions Standards?

"California officials and clean air advocates are increasingly concerned the Trump administration may attempt to unravel a key program to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from automobile fleets while also jeopardizing the ability of California and other states to set pollution standards stronger than federal rules."

Source: McClatchy, 02/12/2018


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