Pollution

Toxic Indiana Steel Mill Spill Kills Fish, Closes L. Michigan Beaches

"Three Lake Michigan beaches remain closed after a northwest Indiana steel mill dumped toxic chemicals into a tributary earlier this week, an incident that was not reported to the public until hundreds of dead fish began floating past boaters."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 08/20/2019

"Bristol Bay: EPA Deleted Scientists' Concerns About Pebble Analysis"

"EPA scientists wanted their agency to ask for a new environmental review of the proposed Pebble mine project but were overridden by political staffers, according to several sources and a key document obtained by E&E News."

Source: Greenwire, 08/19/2019

Microscopic Plastic Fibers Rain From The Sky In Rocky Mountains

"Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers."

Source: Guardian, 08/15/2019

"Newark Lead Crisis Expands as N.J. Asks for Federal Help"

"New test results indicate that the extent of the lead contamination crisis in Newark, N.J., may be broader than previously thought and the state now says it needs federal help to respond, according to new court filings."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/14/2019

Records: Upper Peninsula Mine Approved Despite Major Concerns

"Over and over, Michigan environmental regulators sounded alarms as they reviewed a proposed large, open-pit ore mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Menominee River, prized for walleye fishing and a major tributary to Lake Michigan. ... Then the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and then-Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved the mine anyway."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 08/14/2019

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