Climate Change and Toxic Exposure

By: Julia Weil, Community Organizing Intern Climate change alters essentially everything in our environment, and it further widens existing environmental disparities through the impacts of more extreme weather events. While climate change means that heat waves, dust storms, and wildfires will increase in some parts of the country, it also means that severe flooding events [...]

Governor Wolf: 50% of state government’s energy to come from solar power by 2023

On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced a major clean energy initiative that will produce nearly 50 percent of electricity for Pennsylvania's state government by the year 2023. According to the governor, the energy will be produced through seven new solar energy arrays totaling 191-megawatts, which will be build at several locations across the commonwealth. Part [...]

High concentrations of thallium, a heavy metal toxic to humans, detected on Wausau property

Soil samples collected at a city-owned property targeted for potential redevelopment show high concentrations of metals including thallium, a substance now banned in the U.S. due to its extreme toxicity to humans. The test results are part of a Phase II environmental study performed by GEI Consultants and released in January that also noted levels of potentially [...]

Social Determinants Meet Environmental Health

By: Evelyn Zavala, Science Intern I was drawn to working with CHEJ because of their work with communities across the United States of diverse backgrounds, socio-economic status, ethnicities, geographical locations, and education. CHEJ is where the community meets science, environment, health, and justice. Recently we have seen how vital this relationship really is. While the [...]

Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut

NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this past week, according to figures provided to the state, as refineries and petrochemical plants in the region scrambled to shut production during frigid weather. An arctic air mass that spread into an area unused to [...]