Waste

Wastewater Ponds Often a Local Story Worth Stirring Up

The tale of a toxic wastewater pit menacing a Florida community is a story that could be told in communities around the nation. As the latest TipSheet warns, these waste sites can turn into ticking time bombs. But in reporting the story locally, the first thing to know is which of the many kinds of wastewater ponds to look for. Here’s a rundown.

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"Study Finds Lower Life Expectancy Around Superfund Sites"

"New research suggests that living near hazardous waste is, unsurprisingly, harmful to health and longevity. The study found a clear link between lower life expectancy and living near a waste site, with residents in poorer neighborhoods possibly losing as much as a year of life."

Source: Earther, 04/15/2021

"In Europe, a Backlash Is Growing Over Incinerating Garbage"

"For years, European countries have built “waste-to-energy” incinerators, saying new technology minimized pollution and boosted energy production. But with increasing concern about the plants’ CO2 emissions, the EU is now withdrawing support for these trash-burning facilities."

Source: YaleE360, 04/08/2021

New Mexico Files Lawsuit To Block Holtec Nuclear Waste Facility

"New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission intended to block a project to build a temporary storage facility for high-level nuclear waste in southeast New Mexico.

The project was proposed by New Jersey-based Holtec International and would be designed to hold spent nuclear fuel rods from plants across the country temporarily while a permanent repository was designed and built.

Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus, 03/30/2021

"Why a Big Mining Project Could Wipe Out Rural Villages in Indonesia"

"A mine tailings dam planned for a seismically unstable area of Sumatra’s rainforest would be at high risk of failure, experts warn. The dam’s collapse would be a disaster, they say, releasing a wall of slurry that would engulf and bury Indigenous villages and their inhabitants."

Source: YaleE360, 03/30/2021

Countries Tried to Curb Trade in Plastic Waste. The US Is Shipping More

"Data shows that American exporters continue to ship plastic waste overseas, often to poorer countries, even though most of the world has agreed to not accept it."

"When more than 180 nations agreed last year to place strict limits on exports of plastic waste from richer countries to poorer ones, the move was seen as a major victory in the fight against plastic pollution.

Source: NYTimes, 03/15/2021

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