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SUPERFUND UNDERFUNDED

In 1980, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), informally called Superfund. The Superfund program was given the authority and funds to hold polluters responsible for cleaning up contaminated waste sites or clean up the sites themselves if no responsible party can be found or afford the cleanup. These toxic waste sites [...]

Biden EPA dumps PFAS assessment over ‘political interference’

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Joe Biden has yanked back the health assessment of a notable “forever chemical,” alleging the document was compromised by “political interference” in the final days of the Trump administration. The EPA announced Feb. 9 that it was removing from its website the toxicity assessment for PFBS, or [...]

Biden’s promise for justice tested in tribal coal fields

When three 775-foot-tall smoke stacks at the Navajo Generating Station came tumbling down in December, sending plumes of dust into the sky and thundering reverberations off the mesas of the Arizona high desert, it marked the end of an era. The federal government was instrumental in engineering the rise of the 2,250-megawatt coal plant 45 [...]

‘This Is How We Defend Ourselves’ — Harris County Residents Install DIY Pollution Monitoring Network

When a massive fire broke out at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in 2019, a thick plume of smoke blanketed parts of east Harris County for several days. Hospital admissions for asthma increased by about 65% compared to the same time in 2018, according to county data. A Deer Park 911 dispatcher named Brandy fielded calls [...]

‘A big promise’: Biden’s climate spending pledge faces early test

President Joe Biden has promised 40 percent of the benefits from the $2 trillion he's aiming to spend on climate change will go to disadvantaged communities that have suffered the most from pollution. But figuring out how to spend that potential mountain of cash may vex the places vying for it and the lawmakers tasked [...]

Ohio Fracked Gas Well Has Been Spilling For Over a Week

NOBLE COUNTY, OH -- The Allegheny Front is reporting that a Noble County, Ohio fracked gas well has been spilling toxic radioactive oil and gas waste for over a week, with the fluid entering waterways and killing fish. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was notified on Sunday, January 24 of the spill, but was not able [...]

UNUSED GAS WELL SPEWS WHAT’S SUSPECTED TO BE FRACK WASTE, KILLING FISH

Ohio regulators are working at a gas well that started spewing what’s believed to be brine water from fracking into the environment more than a week ago. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which regulates the oil and gas industry, said in an email that it was notified on Sunday, January 24 that fluid, what [...]

Marathon to fund projects in southwest Detroit to settle refinery emissions violations

Detroit – Marathon Petroleum Co. will invest more than $ 500,000 in community projects and will pay the state nearly $ 82,000 in fines under an emissions agreement signed this week to resolve emissions violations. State Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on Wednesday released the final terms of their agreement with the [...]

COVID Amplifies Environmental Injustice in Chicago

Southwest Chicago's Little Village neighborhood is one of the city's most polluted neighborhoods and has also been ravaged by the novel coronavirus, Grist reports, yet another stark instance in which the pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated existing environmental injustices. The immigrant-rich neighborhood has been pummeled by COVID-19. At one point last November, one in nine Little Village residents had [...]

The US ignored Louisiana’s ‘cancer alley’ for decades. Will Biden finally take action?

For five years I have fought against the polluters who have poisoned our community in Louisiana’s “cancer alley”, or as we call it now, “death alley”. And for decades our fight has been ignored by the US government. This makes President Joe Biden’s decision to reference “cancer alley” earlier last week, as he signed new [...]

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