Pollution

PFAS From Fracking Waste May Pollute Nearly 100 Sites In Pa., Ohio And W. Va.

"Waste from fracking wells that used PFAS – commonly known as “forever chemicals”– has been dumped at dozens of sites across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia — all of which could face contamination of soil, groundwater and drinking water as a result."

Source: EHN, 12/08/2022

As Concern Over Methane Mounts, Emission Controls Yield Stories

While carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas most often in the news, methane has greater warming power and accounts for a big chunk of the current increase in global warming. Now, growing regulatory pressure may help shift that focus and could drive more local environmental reporting, per the latest TipSheet. The backstory, plus reporting ideas and resources.

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"EPA Proposes Restrictions To Block Proposed Alaska Mine"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run."

Source: AP, 12/05/2022

Puerto Rican Towns Sue Oil Companies Over Suppression Of Climate Science

"Sixteen Puerto Rico municipalities filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against major oil companies, alleging companies like ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron colluded to suppress evidence of climate change that has devastated the island, including 2017’s Hurricane Maria."

Source: The Hill, 12/01/2022

"Gas Driller Pleads No Contest To Polluting Town’s Water"

"Pennsylvania’s most active gas driller pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal charges, capping a landmark environmental case against a company that prosecutors say polluted a rural community’s drinking water 14 years ago and then tried to evade responsibility."

Source: AP, 12/01/2022

"CDC Expands Wastewater Testing For Polio To Michigan And Pennsylvania"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding efforts to test wastewater to detect the polio virus in Philadelphia and the Detroit area, targeting communities at highest risk for the life-threatening and potentially disabling illness, officials said Wednesday."

Source: Washington Post, 12/01/2022

Petition Circulators Lie To Calif. Voters about New Well Ballot Measure

"The canvassers are backed by the oil industry in its quest to stop a new law that bans wells near residential areas and imposes new environmental controls. If petition circulators succeed in gathering enough signatures, the law would be blocked until the 2024 election."

Source: Inside Climate News, 11/30/2022

Treaty On Plastics Must Cut Production To Ease Pollution, Some States Say

"Countries have begun to discuss a future global plastics treaty which would cut pollution, some hope entirely by 2040, at U.N. talks in Uruguay this week, with many states calling for curbs on plastic production as a way to reach that goal."

Source: Reuters, 11/30/2022

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