Pollution

Some Waukegan, Ill., Residents See Spike in Ethylene Oxide Blood Levels

"People living near Medline Industries in north suburban Waukegan had higher levels of the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in their bloodstream than others who live farther away, according to test results from a federally funded study."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/13/2019

"Company To Pay $245M Toward Cleanup Of Kalamazoo River PCBs"

"One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said Wednesday."

Source: AP, 12/12/2019

Revealed: Water Company And City Officials Knew About Flint Poison Risk

"Executives at one of the world’s largest utilities companies knew that families in Flint, Michigan, might be at risk of being poisoned by lead in their tap water months before the city publicly admitted the problem, according to internal company emails."

Source: Guardian, 12/12/2019

"Majority Want More Oversight of CAFOs, Poll Finds"

"A majority of Americans say they want more stringent oversight of large-scale livestock operations, according to a national poll by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future released Tuesday. The polling follows a recent recommendation from the nation’s leading public health association to temporarily halt the creation of new concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, and increase their oversight and regulation."

Source: FERN, 12/11/2019

Oil Train Derails, Burns in Saskatchewan

"RCMP say no injuries reported, local highway closed after Canadian Pacific Railway derailment"

"Melanie Loessl says she's never seen anything like it.

Early Monday morning, Loessl received a phone call from her daughter, just down the road from her farmstead near Guernsey, Sask., roughly 110 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Her daughter told her a train had derailed and caught fire.

"When I looked out my window, all I could see was flames and crazy smoke," she said. "I thought our whole place was on fire.""

Source: CBC News, 12/10/2019

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