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Historic Coal Ash Cleanup in PA

August 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Historic Coal Ash Cleanup in PA

Four environmental groups today announced an historic agreement to reduce toxic pollutants leaking from a power plant’s coal ash dumps into groundwater and the Susquehanna River, the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary. “This enforcement action is one of historic proportions, since it’s the largest penalty ever assessed at a coal ash pollution site in Pennsylvania history,” said David Masur, Executive Director of PennEnvironment. “We are glad to see DEP working with citizen groups to reach this important settlement for the good of the Commonwealth.” Read more.

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Lead Filters In NJ Failed as Was the Case in Flint, MI

August 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Lead Filters In NJ Failed as Was the Case in Flint, MI

Residents in Flint, MI said over and over that the filters were not reliable to keep lead out of their tap water. EPA the state and some scientists said that activists were just creating a crisis that didn't exist.  Well, now we see the same thing in NJ. Read about the problem.

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Pipeline Explosion in Lincoln County, Kentucky, Kills 1 and Injures 5

August 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Pipeline Explosion in Lincoln County, Kentucky, Kills 1 and Injures 5

Last Thursday, there was a major explosion as part of the Texas Eastern Transmission gas pipeline ruptured, sending flames 300 feet into the air. The explosion killed one, hospitalized five, destroyed railroad tracks and caused the evacuation of the nearby mobile home park. The case was transferred over to federal investigators, who say that corrosion may have contributed to the pipeline rupture. <Read more>   Erica Peterson

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According to EPA, East Phillips, Minneapolis Superfund Site Almost Clean

August 6th, 2019|Comments Off on According to EPA, East Phillips, Minneapolis Superfund Site Almost Clean

EPA has almost finished clearing arsenic-contaminated soil at a Superfund site in Southern Minneapolis. The soil became contaminated after an industrial pesticide storage site leached into local soil, affecting 600 homes. This represents the conclusion of EPA's $25 million project to clean the Superfund site. <Read more>

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Healthcare Industry Major Source of Harmful Emissions

August 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Healthcare Industry Major Source of Harmful Emissions

Ironically, while the health care industry will be key in responding to new health risks presented from climate change, it's also responsible for creating a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, in the United States alone the healthcare industry is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions and 9% of of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants. Jodi Sherman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at the Yale School of Medicine, argues that the healthcare industry should do more to mitigate their impact on public health. <Read more>

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37 Injured in Explosion, Fire at Baytown, Texas Exxon Mobile Plant

August 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on 37 Injured in Explosion, Fire at Baytown, Texas Exxon Mobile Plant

On Wednesday, for the fourth time since April, there was an explosion and subsequent fire at a Houston area petrochemical plant. No one was seriously injured, but 37 people suffered from minor burns and injuries. Exxon Mobil's plants in Baytown have a history of chemical violations in leaks, the last being in March. Currently, they are defendants in a lawsuit from Harris County citing environmental violations. <Read more>

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Small Victory for North Carolina Property Owners Fighting Atlantic Coast Pipeline

August 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Small Victory for North Carolina Property Owners Fighting Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Wilson County residents and other North Carolina property owners fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline won a small legal victory Wednesday when a federal judge extended a stay in a dozen cases. “It’s just completely unnecessary expense and aggravation and the judge made a common-sense decision,” Therese Vick (BREDL) said. “This would be just irreparable harm to these folks, these families and farmers and property owners.” <Read more>

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New York Has an Ambitious Climate Plan: How Will it Follow Through?

July 30th, 2019|Comments Off on New York Has an Ambitious Climate Plan: How Will it Follow Through?

In an impressive political victory for climate policy advocates, New York recently enacted a comprehensive climate plan that aims to mostly eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. While accomplishing these goals is incredibly necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, it will require significant reforms to the energy sector and an overall shift to renewable energy. The Climate Action Council has two years to draft an action plan to determine the best policies and plans to enact this law. <Read more>

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Duke to study health impact of PFAS in Pittsboro, North Carolina residents

July 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Duke to study health impact of PFAS in Pittsboro, North Carolina residents

Some Pittsboro, North Carolina residents have been suspicious of their water since testing in 2017 showed that there were elevated levels of PFAs in Cape Fear River, their main water source. The toxins come from the Chemours Fayetteville Works chemical plant, located upriver of Pittsboro. According to Pittsboro's mayor, very few residents are aware that their water may be contaminated with PFAS. While the levels found weren't technically above the legal limits, research suggests that there isn't a safe level of PFAS contamination in water because the chemical remains in people's systems for extended periods of time. Duke University will be conducting [...]

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Removal of toxic waste will begin in Andover, Minnesota landfill

July 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Removal of toxic waste will begin in Andover, Minnesota landfill

On Tuesday, excavation began on the WDE Landfill in Andover, Minnesota, where toxic waste has been locked up since 1983. The landfill has been leaching hazardous chemicals into the surrounding environment since then, as testing found that the landfill lining was leaking. <Read more>

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3 Months Later, Texas Petrochemical Fire is Still Being Cleaned Up

July 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on 3 Months Later, Texas Petrochemical Fire is Still Being Cleaned Up

A petrochemical fire (one related to the chemicals used in processing petroleum and natural gas) burned at a storage facility outside of Texas last March. As the Washington Post reports, polluted water and waste are still being cleaned three months later. The fire and delayed cleanup call into question hazardous waste disposal policy: many companies and facilities aren't following proper procedures. <Read more>   David J. Phillip / Associated Press

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EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Infants

July 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Infants

Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos has been linked to brain damage in infants and children. California banned it earlier this year, and last August a federal court ordered EPA to ban the chemical. EPA announced last week that it would not ban the pesticide, citing insufficient data. <Read more>   Garry Broome / Associated Press

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‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’ Documentary Serves as an Important Reminder of Environmental Injustice

July 19th, 2019|Comments Off on ‘Cooked: Survival by Zip Code’ Documentary Serves as an Important Reminder of Environmental Injustice

Two thirds of the continental United States is facing a heat wave this weekend, with temperatures predicted to rise into the high 90s, but to feel much, much hotter. While it's easy to dismiss the implications of extreme weather, heat waves can be incredibly dangerous, especially for low income Americans. The documentary "Cooked" covers an extreme heat wave in Chicago in 1995, where high temperatures and mismanagement by the city lead to the deaths of over 700 people. <Read more> This weekend, remember to take care of your health!

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Unhealthy Air Days Have Increased in Cities Across the US

July 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Unhealthy Air Days Have Increased in Cities Across the US

As the Huffington Post Reports, according to recent data from the EPA, the amount of unhealthy air days in major cities across the US have increased in the past two years, even though polluting air emissions have decreased overall. <Read more>

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Toxics Spread By Natural Disaster Pose Long Term Danger

July 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Toxics Spread By Natural Disaster Pose Long Term Danger

Recent studies have unveiled the potential long term effect of toxics spread by natural disasters. Evidence shows that in areas where homes were destroyed by wildfires in California there was a higher incidence of toxic chemicals than in areas without homes. Hurricane Maria has been found to cause the spread of PCB contamination throughout Puerto Rico. In a world where toxic chemicals are often common household items, stronger storms have the ability to cause long term contamination. <Read more>

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New York Students May Be Drinking More Lead Than Is Safe

July 12th, 2019|Comments Off on New York Students May Be Drinking More Lead Than Is Safe

Currently, the action standard for lead for New York schools is 15 ppb— but research from the NRDC suggests that this is too high, as no level of lead intake is safe for children. They propose lowering New York's lead action standard in schools to 1 ppb, in order to protect children from the affects of lead poisoning. <Read more>

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Mining Company Refusing to Clean Colorado Superfund Site

July 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Mining Company Refusing to Clean Colorado Superfund Site

A mining company involved in the Bonita Peak Mining District Site by the Animas River in Colorado is rejecting EPA's order to participate in the clean up of the area. The Superfund Site in question is made up of several inactive mines that have been leaching waste into the nearby Animas River. The site was first established in 2015, when EPA inadvertently triggered a spill from Gold King mine, contaminating river systems with 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater. Sunnyside Gold Corp, the company EPA initially ordered to conduct a groundwater assessment of the area, is now refusing to take action to [...]

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PFAS From Fire Suppression Foam Spill in Farmington River, Connecticut

July 9th, 2019|Comments Off on PFAS From Fire Suppression Foam Spill in Farmington River, Connecticut

PFAS are toxic chemicals that are used commonly in packaging and other household products. They tend to accumulate in the environment rather than break down, so PFAS contamination is common in water systems throughout the US. This is particularly dangerous because PFAS consumption has been linked to increased risk of cancer. Last month, PFAS containing foam spilled into the Farmington River in Connecticut, near Windsor. Residents were upset and concerned about the implications of the contamination for their water systems. One of the most common uses of PFAS is in the foam firefighters use in order to put out fires. [...]

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Philadelphia Refinery Explosion Yet Another Close Call With Hydrogen Fluoride

July 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Philadelphia Refinery Explosion Yet Another Close Call With Hydrogen Fluoride

This past month, Philadelphia was rocked by a massive refinery explosion that released smoke and toxic chemicals into the sky. The explosion occurred at 4am and was visible throughout the city, and residents were warned to shelter in place until the fire was more contained. Luckily, reports indicate that no one was killed, but five workers were injured in the explosion. The refinery in question, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, has been responsible in the past for 72% of Philadelphia's toxic emissions. After this explosion, the refinery will close. However, the explosion was nearly deadly, as the fires could have moved to [...]

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High levels of arsenic found in bottled water brand

July 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on High levels of arsenic found in bottled water brand

Last Monday, Keurig Dr. Pepper announced they would be pulling their bottled water brand Peñafiel from the shelves, as a report found the arsenic levels in their water to be non compliant with FDA bottled water standards. One of the reports in question, by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), found both Peñafiel and Starkey bottled water to contain high levels of arsenic. Peñafiel is sold at Target and Walmart, and Starkey is sold at Whole Foods. Arsenic in water bottles may be more common of a problem than we think: a study conducted last April found 11/130 bottled water brands sold [...]

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How Should We Talk to Our Kids About Climate Change?

June 28th, 2019|Comments Off on How Should We Talk to Our Kids About Climate Change?

As Laura M. Holson from the New York Times reports, as climate change dialogue is increasing across the country, be it through realistic portrayals or fictionalized Hollywood movies, children are increasingly nervous about the prospect of impending disaster. Children, especially, are feeling the impacts of our overall anxiety about climate change because much of the messaging is directed at them, explaining how our children are the ones that will feel the worst impacts of our warming planet. As climate change becomes a very real issue weighing on our kids' minds, here are some ways to explore the topic to help our kids feel [...]

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EPA Strengthening Lead Dust Standards to Protect Children

June 27th, 2019|Comments Off on EPA Strengthening Lead Dust Standards to Protect Children

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced last Friday that the EPA is strengthening standards for lead dust, especially in schools and work places, throughout the county. Their updates include reducing the amount of dust considered to be a hazard in an attempt to better reflect the amount of lead that can impact children. These new standards focus on lead dust on floors and on windowsills. <Read more>

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Sign the Petition Demanding a DNC Climate Debate!

June 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Sign the Petition Demanding a DNC Climate Debate!

Why isn't the DNC holding a climate debate?  In the past two weeks, climate change activists have been furiously protesting after Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez announced that he did not support the Democratic party having a climate specific debate for the 202o elections. According to Perez, holding a climate debate would be putting too much focus on a single issue, especially when there are candidates like Jay Inslee who are focusing their entire campaign around climate change. However, environmental organizations don't see climate as only  a single issue, rather the issue that will define everything in the [...]

Supreme Court Decides to Uphold Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

June 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Supreme Court Decides to Uphold Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban

Last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled on Virginia Uranium vs. Warren, a case questioning whether Virginia had the authority to ban Uranium mining, the New York Times Reports. The justices were deciding whether the Atomic Energy Act, a federal law regarding Uranium, would overturn Virginia's decision to ban the practice after a fierce battle beginning in the 1970s, when Uranium was first discovered in the state. The Supreme Court upheld Virginia's right to ban Uranium Mining, with Justice Neil M. Gorusch (joined by Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh) stating that states should have the authority to regulate their own policies on mining. Justice [...]

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Members of Seneca Nation paddle 290 miles for peace down Ohi:yo’ (Allegheny) River, Pennsylvania

June 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Members of Seneca Nation paddle 290 miles for peace down Ohi:yo’ (Allegheny) River, Pennsylvania

Members of the Seneca Nation paddled down the entire 290 miles of the Allegheny River, called Ohi:yo' (meaning beautiful river) in the Seneca language, in a journey called Paddle for Peace to Protect Our Waters. The journey has been organized by Seneca cause Defend Ohi:yo', a group that helped stop corporations from dumping treated fracking water in the river just last year. The purpose of the journey is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and to protest a proposed pipeline project that will threaten the region's rivers. <Read more> One of many bends down the 290 mile length of Ohi:yo' [...]

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Vermont to require schools to test for lead in their water

June 20th, 2019|Comments Off on Vermont to require schools to test for lead in their water

Vermont legislators have just passed a bill that will require schools to test water for lead, and that will require the state to pay for it. The bill comes after increased national concern about potential toxins in school water systems: just last year, Vermont tested water in 16 schools, and all were found to have traces of lead in their water. <Read more> Corroded faucets can be a source of water contamination / Pixabay Creative Commons

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EPA advisory group to hold 3 community meetings about Superfund site on Kalamazoo River, Michigan

June 19th, 2019|Comments Off on EPA advisory group to hold 3 community meetings about Superfund site on Kalamazoo River, Michigan

As WWMT News reports, an EPA advisory group will hold three community meetings for the Allied Paper, Portage Creek, Kalamazoo River Superfund Site. These meetings are meant to serve as town halls for the community to discuss the status as the clean up, as well as the role of Michigan and Natural Resource Trustees in the clean up. Each meeting will discuss a different aspect of the Superfund Site clean up. <Read more> Portage Creek Superfund site on the Kalamazoo River    Jeremy M Wintworth, Creative Commons  

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Barrels of dioxins found in Oregon lake reveal history of contamination

June 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Barrels of dioxins found in Oregon lake reveal history of contamination

In August 2018, a dive group found barrels containing the two specific toxic chemicals required to make Agent Orange at the bottom of Wallowa Lake, Digital Journal reports. One of these chemicals is known to be contaminated with dioxins, which were used in Oregon forests as a herbicide until higher rates of miscarriages were reported in 1979. Residents were alarmed, not only because the lake is treasured by the community but also because it provides drinking water to the nearby town Joseph. However, Oregon DEQ still has not pulled these barrels out of the lake. <Read more> Wallowa Lake, 1 [...]

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Elementary school to be constructed near hazardous waste site in North Carolina

June 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Elementary school to be constructed near hazardous waste site in North Carolina

A new elementary school in Moore County, North Carolina, is to be constructed between two Superfund sites threatened by high levels of air pollution, NC Policy Watch reports. According to the city, the site bears no heightened risk of contamination, but CHEJ science director Stephen Lester isn't so sure. Stephen shares CHEJ's findings that there is no scientifically proven "safe distance" from pollution sites, and he calls into question effectiveness of current school siting guidelines. He recommends that parents sending their kids to the new Aberdeen elementary school in the future be incredibly vigilent about changes in their children's health. The Moore [...]

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Why is so much of the US experiencing extreme flooding?

June 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Why is so much of the US experiencing extreme flooding?

In 2019, the Midwest has experienced unprecedented flooding, BBC reports. The flooding is tied to the increased frequency of rainstorms: not only have they been stronger, but there's less time for water levels to recede between each one. Floods can be especially damaging for farmers, who's crops are increasingly threatened by rising waters. <Read more>  

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Drinking water in the US isn’t as safe as we think

June 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Drinking water in the US isn’t as safe as we think

  drinking water from an American homeowner's tap While drinking water in the United States is some of the safest in the world, that doesn't mean that everyone should be drinking the water that comes out of their tap. Water scientist Joan Rose reports in the Great Lakes Echo that 43 states have toxic fluoride contamination in their water (PFAS), and many agricultural communities face arsenic and nitrate contamination from agricultural runoff. Every single person on the planet needs to drink water in order to survive, and for many families, buying bottled water becomes an unfair financial burden. [...]

Minden, West Virginia Marches On After Superfund Designation

June 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Minden, West Virginia Marches On After Superfund Designation

From the leaders of Minden's movement for justice:  Reflecting on the March for Minden On Saturday, June 8th, over 150 Minden residents and allies marched through Minden into Oak Hill to bring awareness to the long-term impacts of PCB exposure. They took to the streets to memorialize the Minden residents who they believe lost their lives to PCBs, to support those who are currently suffering from PCB-related illnesses and to pay tribute to the activism that first brought attention to toxic dumping in Minden in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The march was a 30th anniversary historical reenactment of an event [...]

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Are your kids playing on Toxic Waste?

June 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Are your kids playing on Toxic Waste?

Has your local park been constructed on top of a Superfund site?  Across America, Superfund sites, some of the most contaminated areas in the country, have been converted into parks and field complexes used by our kids. CHEJ Science Director Stephen Lester is featured in a ABC7 Spotlight on America investigation by Joce Sterman addressing his concerns about the safety of these areas, due to their high levels of under treated toxic waste. Stephen explained to Sterman that "'If my kids were going to play on that field I’d want to have a certain comfort level in how much cleanup occurred [...]

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Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

June 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Internal emails reveal how the chemical lobby fights regulation

Jayne DePotter spent almost a decade making her Michigan jewelry studio a second home for young artists seeking direction, seniors looking to exercise their hands and minds and new immigrants in search of community. <Read more>.

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Pennsylvania Families Win Settlement Against Fracking Operation

June 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Pennsylvania Families Win Settlement Against Fracking Operation

Almost 10 years ago, the Haney and Voyles families of Washington County, Pennsylvania, began suspecting that a nearby fracking operation was contaminating their community and threatening their health. Family members noticed their water smelled strange, and they suffered from frequent headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and extreme fatigue to the point where Haney's son was diagnosed with Arsenic poisoning. In 2012, the families sued Range Resources, and journalist Eliza Griswold documented their struggle in her 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning book "Amity and Prosperity". After seven years, the high profile fracking suit has ended in a settlement, information released to the public via an [...]

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Opinion: Fix trade secret law to protect precious water from fracking

June 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Opinion: Fix trade secret law to protect precious water from fracking

If the public is going to have a robust debate about the merits of fracking, both sides need to know what's being pumped into the ground. <Read more>.

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Pipeline Opponents Strike Back Against Anti-Protest Laws

June 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Pipeline Opponents Strike Back Against Anti-Protest Laws

Opponents of and gas pipelines in three states are fighting back against new anti-protest laws aimed at suppressing fossil fuel industry dissent. <Read more>.

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March for Minden

May 30th, 2019|Comments Off on March for Minden

Join us June 8th in Minden, WV This March will be taking place on the 30th anniversary of a march that happened in June 1989. The participants are marching again for the same basic needs. We are reenacting the march by using the same route, recruiting the same allies, and bringing awareness to the same issue. The March for Minden is to increase awareness about the problems that face the toxic town of Minden.  Participants will be remembering those who have needlessly lost their lives because of toxic PCB exposure, showing support for those who are currently suffering from PCB [...]

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Naomi Klein: ‘Big green groups are more damaging than climate deniers’

May 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Naomi Klein: ‘Big green groups are more damaging than climate deniers’

Environment movement is in 'deep denial' over the right ways to tackle climate change, says Canadian author. <Read more>.

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First Responders, Health Professionals Question EPA’s Decision to Hide Fracking Chemicals

May 24th, 2019|Comments Off on First Responders, Health Professionals Question EPA’s Decision to Hide Fracking Chemicals

This month, representatives of a group of first responders, health professionals and scientists questioned EPA’s decision to withhold the secret identities of 41 chemicals used for oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing that the EPA’s own regulators identified as posing health risks. <Read more>.

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New Resources Lead & Water Schools or Infrastructure

May 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on New Resources Lead & Water Schools or Infrastructure

New EPA Drinking Water Grant Programs For More Information, Click Here! U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of nearly $87 million in grant funding to assist states, tribes, and territories with improving drinking water. States, tribes, and territories are eligible to receive funding from two new EPA drinking water grant programs established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN): Under EPA's new Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program, EPA will award $43.7 million in grants to fund testing for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs. Testing [...]

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ALEC Wants to Make Protest Illegal in Illinois

May 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on ALEC Wants to Make Protest Illegal in Illinois

Dangerous anti-protest legislation is working its way through state assemblies all across the U.S., chipping away at the right to protest and undermining social justice movements. <Read more>

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E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

May 20th, 2019|Comments Off on E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the future health risks of air pollution, a shift that would predict thousands of fewer deaths and would help justify the planned rollback of a key climate change measure, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans. <Read more>

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Frantic parents fear for kids after radioactive contamination found at Ohio middle school

May 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Frantic parents fear for kids after radioactive contamination found at Ohio middle school

Ashley Day has always worried about the health risks of living a few miles from a defunct nuclear power plant in Piketon, Ohio. So, ... <read more>

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City, state in $24M deal to spur Portland Harbor Superfund work

May 15th, 2019|Comments Off on City, state in $24M deal to spur Portland Harbor Superfund work

Portland and Oregon have struck a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed at accelerating work on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. <Read more>.

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Minden added to EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List

May 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Minden added to EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List

Minden, a small Fayette County [WV] community, is now officially on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List of Superfund sites, making it a federal priority for enforcement, cleanup and funding. <Read more>

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At UN meeting, governments agree to a global ban on PFOA – a toxic water pollutant

May 13th, 2019|Comments Off on At UN meeting, governments agree to a global ban on PFOA – a toxic water pollutant

Governments at the 9thConference of the Parties (COP9) of the Stockholm Convention agreed to a global ban on PFOA – a chemical that does not break down and causes adverse health effects at background levels. <Read more>.

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California to ban controversial pesticide, citing effects on child brain development

May 10th, 2019|Comments Off on California to ban controversial pesticide, citing effects on child brain development

California, one of the nation’s largest agricultural states, announced plans Wednesday to ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos linked to neurological problems in infants and children even as federal regulators have allowed the product to remain on the market. Read more.

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Oregon’s Zombie LNG Terminal-Alive-Dead-Alive-Dead

May 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Oregon’s Zombie LNG Terminal-Alive-Dead-Alive-Dead

Oregon DEQ denies Jordan Cove LNG water quality permit. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Monday denied a water quality certification for the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and its feeder pipeline, the Pacific Connector pipeline, though the agency left the door open for the company to reapply. In a letter Monday to the project backers, the agency said “DEQ does not have a reasonable assurance that the construction and authorization of the project will comply with applicable Oregon water quality standards.”  Read more.

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United States : Settlement will provide nearly $21 Million for Cleanup at the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in New Jersey

May 8th, 2019|Comments Off on United States : Settlement will provide nearly $21 Million for Cleanup at the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in New Jersey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice and the state of New Jersey announced the filing of a consent decree with the Ford Motor Company (Ford) and the Borough of Ringwood, New Jersey, to address remaining land-based contamination in three areas of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey. Read more here.

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Bill would make pollution information secret for companies that self-audit passes House panel in Oklahoma

May 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Bill would make pollution information secret for companies that self-audit passes House panel in Oklahoma

With assurances from its author that no existing environmental rules will change, a bill that would allow industries to avoid some penalties and keep self-audits of pollution issues secret passed the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. Read more here.

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More Than 141 Million Americans Are Breathing Unhealthy Air as Pollution Worsens

April 29th, 2019|Comments Off on More Than 141 Million Americans Are Breathing Unhealthy Air as Pollution Worsens

More than 141 millions Americans lived in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels in 2015 to 2017 — an increase over the previous two years, as ozone pollution worsened across much of the country, according to a new report released Wednesday.   Read more here.

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The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup

April 26th, 2019|Comments Off on The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup

Roberson and Joel Gilbert, a powerhouse lawyer with Balch & Bingham, had fought off environmental rules before. But for this campaign they needed a public face, someone with credibility both with the state government in Montgomery and the black communities in north Birmingham. Someone who could persuade the people living on contaminated land to protest not the pollution, but the cleanup. By early 2014, they had chosen Oliver L. Robinson Jr. (D), an African American state legislator and former University of Alabama at Birmingham basketball star. Read the entire story.

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It’s dust and oil and dirt and it stinks:’ How climate change fouls the air

April 25th, 2019|Comments Off on It’s dust and oil and dirt and it stinks:’ How climate change fouls the air

Every day, Ron Baptiste’s home in West Long Beach is invaded by dust and ash. If he cleans it in the morning, his shelves and furniture are coated again by the afternoon. Read more here.

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Democratic Senators Announce Creation of an Environmental Justice Caucus

April 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Democratic Senators Announce Creation of an Environmental Justice Caucus

Senators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) announced the formation of an environmental justice caucus on Monday. Read more here.

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Mining Lands in Nevada Top National Toxic Release Inventory

April 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Mining Lands in Nevada Top National Toxic Release Inventory

Nevada ranked first nationally in the release of toxic chemicals per square mile in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, and the state’s mining industry was the reason why. read more here.

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Toxics in Willamette River killing young salmon, study says

April 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Toxics in Willamette River killing young salmon, study says

The study suggests that as the Portland Harbor Superfund site is cleaned-up, salmon recovery efforts in the Willamette will get a major boost. Read more here

EPA’s Wheeler Recused From 45 Superfund Sites Given Past Work

April 19th, 2019|Comments Off on EPA’s Wheeler Recused From 45 Superfund Sites Given Past Work

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s history of lobbying for International Paper Co. and Xcel Energy Inc., among other companies, means he is recused from working on 45 Superfund sites, according to new agency data. Read more here.

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EPA removes a portion of Libby from the federal Superfund site

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on EPA removes a portion of Libby from the federal Superfund site

A portion of Libby’s asbestos cleanup has been completed, with the EPA removing that area from the list of federal Superfund sites. Read more here.

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One in 10 child asthma cases ‘linked to traffic pollution’

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on One in 10 child asthma cases ‘linked to traffic pollution’

Four million cases of childhood asthma could be caused by air pollution from traffic - around 13% of those diagnosed each year, a global study suggests. Read more here.

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‘We’re not a dump’ – poor Alabama towns struggle under the stench of toxic landfills

April 16th, 2019|Comments Off on ‘We’re not a dump’ – poor Alabama towns struggle under the stench of toxic landfills

“The odor was unbearable, as were the flies and stink bugs,” said Brasfield, who sports a greying handlebar moustache and describes himself as a conservative Republican. “The flies were so bad that you couldn’t walk outside without being inundated by them. You’d be covered in all sorts of insects. People started getting headaches, they couldn’t breathe. You wouldn’t even go outside to put meat on the barbecue.” “Oh my goodness, it’s just a nightmare here,” said Heather Hall, mayor of Parrish, where the unwanted cargo squatted for two months. “It smells like rotting corpses, or carcasses. It smells like death.”  [...]

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AT LEAST 60 FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES PAID NO TAXES IN 2018

April 15th, 2019|Comments Off on AT LEAST 60 FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES PAID NO TAXES IN 2018

Finally, the ITEP (the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy) just released a new report, Corporate Tax Avoidance Remains Rampant Under New Tax Law that shows that 60 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid nothing in federal corporate income taxes in 2018. The list of companies will be very familiar to you, including big PhRMA companies like Eli Lilly, that raked in billions in profits by gouging people on insulin costs but paid zero taxes last year.  At least 60 of the nation’s biggest corporations didn’t pay a dime in federal income taxes in 2018 on a collective $79 billion in profits. Full Report: https://itep.org/notadime/ News Release: https://itep.org/60-fortune-500-companies-avoided-all-federal-income-tax-in-2018-under-new-tax-law/

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You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

April 15th, 2019|Comments Off on You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.

An investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity. Each year, state lawmakers across the U.S. introduce thousands of bills dreamed up and written by corporations, industry groups and think tanks. Read more...

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No more toxic jobs in Appalachia

April 10th, 2019|Comments Off on No more toxic jobs in Appalachia

They scream jobs and like a carrot on a stick, and politicians chase them. Out-of-state and out-of-country companies come to capitalize on West Virginia’s people. They minimize the health impacts, such as cancers and neuro-developmental defects. OVEC Project Coordinator Dustin White told the group. Read more.

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Locals thank Army official for approving Lewiston nuclear cleanup

April 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Locals thank Army official for approving Lewiston nuclear cleanup

The citizens' committee which for years has urged removal of nuclear waste from a federally owned Lewiston site issued a statement Thursday thanking Assistant Secretary of the Army R.D. James for moving ahead with the project. James' signature on the plan late Monday "was like manna from heaven," said Amy H. Witryol, secretary of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works Restoration Advisory Board. James' action came after complaints last week from the board and the Niagara County Legislature about a 39-month wait for approval of the $490 million Corps of Engineers plan to clean up the Niagara Falls Storage Site on Pletcher Road. It has [...]

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International Human Rights Court Recommends Fracking Ban

April 8th, 2019|Comments Off on International Human Rights Court Recommends Fracking Ban

CHEJ was involved in three of the United States field Tribunals in Athens and Youngstown, Ohio and in Charlottesville, VA. Lois Marie Gibbs served as a Juror in all three field Tribunals.  These field hearings provided the basic information for the large Tribunal held in Oregon. This is an incredible victory which provides yet a new tool in the tool box for communities to fight back against Fracking.   The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal released its Advisory Opinion, recommending a worldwide ban on hydraulic fracturing, the extreme oil and gas extraction technique known as  ‘fracking.’ The Tribunal found that the materials, and infrastructure of [...]

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Environmentalists take petrochemical giant Formosa to court over plastics pollution

March 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Environmentalists take petrochemical giant Formosa to court over plastics pollution

For years, Diane Wilson has tried to get Formosa Plastics Corp. to stop discharging plastic pellets from its sprawling petrochemical complex on the Central Texas coast. This week, she's getting her day in court. Read more ...

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Harris County sues ITC over Deer Park fire

March 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Harris County sues ITC over Deer Park fire

Harris County has sued Intercontinental Terminals Co. for failing to prevent a massive chemical fire that burned for more than 60 hours last week and spewed an unknown volume of hazardous chemicals into the air and nearby waterways. Read more ...

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Equity matters. Houston needs to protect everyone from flooding.

March 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Equity matters. Houston needs to protect everyone from flooding.

Why? Recent national studies show that flood buyout monies benefit whiter communities. Other reports reveal that federal disaster recovery dollars benefit higher-income people and how, after a disaster, income inequality is exacerbated and the gaps between the haves and the have-nots grows wider. Read more.

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Alabama ranks 5th for industrial toxic releases in air and water

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Alabama ranks 5th for industrial toxic releases in air and water

Alabama industrial facilities released more than 82 million pounds of toxic material into the air, land and water in 2017. Read more.

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Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

March 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

Pollution, much like wealth, is not distributed equally in the United States. Read more

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More States Crack Down on Protesters

March 19th, 2019|Comments Off on More States Crack Down on Protesters

In anticipation of upcoming protests, the state of South Dakota  has recently passed a bill threatening protesters. South Dakota also has a large population of Sioux tribal members culturally related to the Standing Rock tribe and the pipeline is planned to pass through South Dakota as well.  Read more.

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Massive Fire at Houston Petrochemical Storage Terminal May Last Two More Days

March 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Massive Fire at Houston Petrochemical Storage Terminal May Last Two More Days

A massive fire at a fuels storage company along the Houston Ship Channel may burn for two more days, an official said on Monday as the blaze spread a plume of black smoke across the city, shutting schools in two nearby communities. Read more 

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Study of Coal Ash Pollution Finds Widespread Groundwater Contamination

March 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Study of Coal Ash Pollution Finds Widespread Groundwater Contamination

An examination of monitoring data available for the first time concludes that 91 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants with monitoring data are contaminating groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants. Read more here

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Virginia, EPA to recoup nearly $64 million for Portsmouth Superfund site

March 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Virginia, EPA to recoup nearly $64 million for Portsmouth Superfund site

After years of wrangling over who should pay to clean up a Superfund site on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, a proposed settlement would reimburse Virginia and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly $64 million. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring calls the consent decree a “significant agreement that will ensure accountability and sustained environmental improvements along an important Hampton Roads waterway.” The decree must still undergo a 30-day public comment period, however, and be approved by the court. Read more.

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Celebrating Janet Marsh Zeller International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Celebrating Janet Marsh Zeller International Women’s Day

International Women's Day adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. Today, CHEJ is honoring and celebrating an extraordinary women Janet Marsh Zeller who changed our world and made the lives of so many safer, healthier and joyful. "One person speaking alone may not be heard, but many people speaking with one voice cannot be ignored."- Janet Marsh In 1984, when the Department of Energy announced that Ashe County, NC, was being considered as the site of a high-level nuclear waste dump, Janet Marsh organized her friends and neighbors, holding the first meetings at the Holy Trinity Church of what would become the [...]

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Community Leaders Travel to D.C. to Demand EPA Action at their Superfund Sites

March 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Community Leaders Travel to D.C. to Demand EPA Action at their Superfund Sites

Leaders from fence line communities met with EPA representatives Tuesday, March 5th at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to push for action at their Superfund sites. “We need action in our communities where people are sick and dying because of exposures to chemicals in the environment,” was the resounding cry for help from community leaders. The group met with Steven D. Cook, Deputy Assistance Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Peter C. Wright, Assistant Administrator of OLEM, James E. Woolford with the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) and other EPA staff. The meeting [...]

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Wheeler on climate: ‘I don’t see it as the existential threat’

March 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Wheeler on climate: ‘I don’t see it as the existential threat’

Fox news interview, Payne asked the newly minted EPA chief: "Do you see [climate change] as the existential threat that within 12 years, if we don't do anything, that's it, we've crossed the Rubicon, kiss Earth goodbye?" Wheeler responded: "No. You know, as far as the largest environmental issue facing the planet today, I would have to say water. The fact that a million people still die a year from lack of potable drinking water is a crisis." Read More.

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EPA Should Improve the Reliability of Data on National Priorities List Sites Affecting Indian Tribes

March 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on EPA Should Improve the Reliability of Data on National Priorities List Sites Affecting Indian Tribes

EPA's National Priorities List sites are some of the most contaminated places in the country. They may pose unique challenges for Indian tribes. For example, toxic substances in 2 New York rivers pose a threat to one tribe’s health and its subsistence lifestyle, which includes fishing. EPA has a policy to consult with tribes if its efforts to deal with these sites may affect them. In some cases, consultation is a legal mandate. However, we found the databases EPA uses to track sites and tribal consultations are sometimes inaccurate. We made 4 recommendations, including that EPA improve its data and clarify [...]

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Movement against proposed gas pipeline inspires Virginia Episcopalians’

March 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on Movement against proposed gas pipeline inspires Virginia Episcopalians’

Episcopalians in Virginia are joining a movement to block a proposed mid-Atlantic gas pipeline that they say will disrupt and pollute minority communities and increase American dependence on fossil fuels at a time when the church and others are pushing for greater reliance on renewable energy sources. Read more.

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MN Preventing Lead Poisoning

March 3rd, 2019|Comments Off on MN Preventing Lead Poisoning

It would cost more than $4 billion to get the lead out of Minnesota's drinking water, but it could bring a 2-for-1 return on the investment."As we see in many other areas of public health, preventing a health problem is more cost effective than waiting for a health problem to develop and then treating it," Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. Read More.

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GE’s cynical strategy won’t work in Berkshires

February 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on GE’s cynical strategy won’t work in Berkshires

We support the people of our county who desire to live, once and for all, free of PCBs. For way too long, Berkshire residents have had to endure the consequences of GE's half century of willfully dumping hundreds of thousands of pounds of PCBs into the Housatonic River, and of spreading large amounts of PCB-contaminated soil all around the county.  Read More.

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Court slapps down big oil’s lawsuit against young climate activists

February 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Court slapps down big oil’s lawsuit against young climate activists

In a victory for environmental justice, a California appeals court on February 15 dismissed the California Independent Petroleum Associations’s lawsuit against youth organizations from South Los Angeles and Wilmington, the Center for Biological Diversity and the city of Los Angeles. Read more.

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More than 50 million gallons of water polluted with toxic metals pours daily from US mine sites

February 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on More than 50 million gallons of water polluted with toxic metals pours daily from US mine sites

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. Read more.

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Environmentalists bemoan regulators’ lack of transparency on imported shipments of GenX wastewater

February 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Environmentalists bemoan regulators’ lack of transparency on imported shipments of GenX wastewater

State and federal officials have known about the shipments from the Netherlands to Fayetteville for at least a year but never told the public. Read more here

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PFAS Chemicals: Failing to Protect the American People

February 21st, 2019|Comments Off on PFAS Chemicals: Failing to Protect the American People

Last week the EPA announced its “Action Plan” for a group of chemicals referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS chemicals. In its news release, the agency described this effort as “historic” and as the “most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical of concern ever undertaken by EPA.” However, environmental advocates and people who live in communities contaminated by PFAS chemicals were not impressed by the agency’s plan. Group after group released news statements blasting the plan as inadequate and lacking action, lamenting the agency’s failure to create a standard to regulate PFAS chemicals in drinking [...]

Media & Messaging Training Call w/Kathy Mulady

February 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Media & Messaging Training Call w/Kathy Mulady

Listen to the recording and learn how to sharpen your skills in communicating with the media and the public. This training will help you to build your skills to move messages that make a difference, inspire, galvanize and give voice. Click below to listen or download the Mp3 recording.

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Teenage Girls Lead Strike Demanding Climate Justice

February 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Teenage Girls Lead Strike Demanding Climate Justice

TENS of thousands of school children, in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK, went on strike on Friday in protest at the lack of political action to address climate change. Pupils taking part in the School Strike 4 Climate congregated at local city halls; thousands descended on Westminster, bringing the roads around Whitehall to a standstill. Holding placards bearing slogans including “Why learn facts when politicians won’t listen to them?”, the teenagers exchanged high-fives with one stranded white-van driver, while other drivers beeped their horns in support. Read more.

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TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on TRUE: ‘More than a million Californians’ don’t have clean drinking water … It could be higher

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has made confronting California’s contaminated drinking water a top priority early in his term in office. Read More.

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Irish High Court delivers killer blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by ‘New Fortress Energy’

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Irish High Court delivers killer blow to US Fracked Gas Imports by ‘New Fortress Energy’

The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proved that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition. Read More.

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WHEELER’S NATIONWIDE PFAS ACTION PLAN FAILS COMMUNITIES

February 14th, 2019|Comments Off on WHEELER’S NATIONWIDE PFAS ACTION PLAN FAILS COMMUNITIES

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its delayed Nationwide Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan. Read More.

Superfund adviser kept in touch with bank after ban

February 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Superfund adviser kept in touch with bank after ban

Senior Superfund advisor Albert Kelly was banned from the banking industry but continued to correspond with them while he was overseeing the Superfund program. Read more.

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Investigation: Clorox Selling Pool Salt Made From Fracking Wastewater

February 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Investigation: Clorox Selling Pool Salt Made From Fracking Wastewater

Public Herald has discovered that Eureka Resources, a company based in Pennsylvania, has been treating wastewater from shale gas development — a.k.a. “fracking” — and packaging the crystal byproduct as “Clorox Pool Salt” for distribution since 2017. Read More.

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Climate change could devastate Superfund cleanup

February 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Climate change could devastate Superfund cleanup

If a serious storm occurs in Butte or Anaconda the consequences could be dire for the Superfund cleanup. Read More.

Trump rule change could threaten North Carolina’s water

February 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Trump rule change could threaten North Carolina’s water

The Trump administration is about to propose a change to clean water regulations that will roll back protection for a number of wetlands and streams. Read More.

A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

February 11th, 2019|Comments Off on A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

In the shadow of some of America's most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Read more.

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EPA places Silverton’s Superfund site on fast-track pilot program

February 8th, 2019|Comments Off on EPA places Silverton’s Superfund site on fast-track pilot program

The Superfund site made up of mine sites around Silverton contaminating the Animas River has been chosen to be part of a new pilot study that aims to speed up the Environmental Protection Agency’s cleanup process. Read More.

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Sign a Petition for the Green New Deal

February 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Sign a Petition for the Green New Deal

It's not news that the earth is dying. Today, Senators Ed Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released their resolution for the Green New Deal. This marks a huge step forward in the fight to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs. Now it’s up to us to make sure the Green New Deal continues to be a strong, sweeping plan that attracts tons of support from our elected officials. Add your name to the petition right now. Today’s resolution presents a plan to transition America to 100% clean and renewable energy. It offers a just transition for all [...]

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Clean water advocate calls State of the Union ‘surreal’

February 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Clean water advocate calls State of the Union ‘surreal’

Environmental activist Andrea Amico, who advocates for protection from PFAS, attended the State of the Union. Read her comments on the event and the lack of environmental issues mentioned. Read More.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

February 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

Thursday Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are introducing a framework defining what they call a "Green New Deal" — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions. Read more.

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Daines, Gianforte, Tester Introduce Clean Water for Rural Communities Act

February 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Daines, Gianforte, Tester Introduce Clean Water for Rural Communities Act

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to provide much-needed authorization for Montana rural water infrastructure. Read More.

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P.H. Glatfelter Company Agrees to Reimburse Government Costs and Assume Long-Term Responsibility for Massive Superfund Cleanup at Wisconsin’s Fox River

February 6th, 2019|Comments Off on P.H. Glatfelter Company Agrees to Reimburse Government Costs and Assume Long-Term Responsibility for Massive Superfund Cleanup at Wisconsin’s Fox River

Final Settlement Ends All Superfund Litigation Read More.

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Congress Looking at the Safe Drinking Water Act and Superfund to Regulate PFAS

February 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Congress Looking at the Safe Drinking Water Act and Superfund to Regulate PFAS

Despite its long history of use, PFAS are increasingly being detected in drinking water in some parts of the country. This has triggered concerns from Congressional Members to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate and clean up PFAS contamination. Read More.

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EPA and Partners Announce Sunoco Pipeline and Mid-Valley Pipeline Settle Oil Spill Violations with $5M Civil Penalty

February 1st, 2019|Comments Off on EPA and Partners Announce Sunoco Pipeline and Mid-Valley Pipeline Settle Oil Spill Violations with $5M Civil Penalty

In the latest joint federal-state Clean Water Act enforcement action, Sunoco Pipeline L.P. has agreed to pay civil penalties and state enforcement costs and to implement corrective measures to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws by Sunoco and Mid-Valley Pipeline Company stemming from three crude oil spills in 2013, 2014, and 2015, in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Read more.

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Exclusive: Trump EPA won’t limit 2 toxic chemicals in drinking water

January 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Exclusive: Trump EPA won’t limit 2 toxic chemicals in drinking water

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The Trump administration will not set a drinking water limit for two toxic chemicals that are contaminating millions of Americans' tap water. Read more.

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Bozeman superfund site nears delisting, city aims for redevelopment

January 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Bozeman superfund site nears delisting, city aims for redevelopment

After decades of cleanup, a 60-acre Superfund site that city staff said curtailed improvement along a stretch of north Bozeman is set to break from the title of contaminated grounds. Read More.

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Navy Denies Claims Linked to Contaminated Water

January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Navy Denies Claims Linked to Contaminated Water

The U.S. Navy is denying thousands of claims from service members and their families who were exposed to contaminated drinking water decades ago at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Read More.

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Done begging govt to do its job

January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Done begging govt to do its job

According to a review by the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, ATSDR found that ten of twenty dioxin samples in soil exceeded its Cancer Risk Evaluation Guide levels. Read More.

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How Humans Get in the Way of Clean Water

January 28th, 2019|Comments Off on How Humans Get in the Way of Clean Water

There are many cheap and effective ways to provide safe water to the world’s poor regions. But projects often fail due to inadequate planning, maintenance or persuasive power Read more.

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Federal Shutdown May Have Far Reaching Implications for Superfund

January 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Federal Shutdown May Have Far Reaching Implications for Superfund

As the federal government shutdown enters its fourth week, environmental cleanups are starting to feel the effects. Read more.

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Reps. Kildee, Fitzpatrick Launch Congressional PFAS Task Force

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Reps. Kildee, Fitzpatrick Launch Congressional PFAS Task Force

Washington — House lawmakers are launching a new task force devoted to PFAS issues Wednesday, aiming to craft bipartisan legislation related to the crisis and press for more funding for research and to clean up contaminated sites. Read more.

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How This Entrepreneur Is Taking On America’s Water Crisis

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on How This Entrepreneur Is Taking On America’s Water Crisis

Harvard alum, an accomplished entrepreneur, data scientist, and businesswoman, Doll Avant is now taking on America’s water crisis. Read more.

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Cancer Alley Residents Decry ‘Environmental Racism’ in Louisiana

January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Cancer Alley Residents Decry ‘Environmental Racism’ in Louisiana

Environmental groups and Louisiana residents of a rural, majority-black area on the Mississippi River filed a records request Monday seeking answers to why St. James Parish officials “basically changed the black district into the petrochemical district.” Read more.

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A Clever New Map Shows Which Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most at Risk From Pollution

January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on A Clever New Map Shows Which Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most at Risk From Pollution

The NRDC hopes its new research into municipal pollution can help organizers push for sound, equitable policy. Read more.

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California’s unfulfilled promise on access to safe water

January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on California’s unfulfilled promise on access to safe water

In 2012, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 685, making California the first state in the nation to legally recognize the human right to water. With climate change worsening an already inequitable water system, it’s important that Gov. Gavin Newsom support legislation to ensure California realizes the promise of clean water for all. Read more.

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Would Dr. King have been concerned about climate change?

January 21st, 2019|Comments Off on Would Dr. King have been concerned about climate change?

The answer is resoundingly "yes." There are clues in his writing and speeches that suggest that would he have been very concerned. A common misperception about Dr. King is that he fought for a specific group of people. Dr. King, like most great humanitarians, fought for anyone facing injustice. He likely would have been an activist for the planet once he saw who was most vulnerable. Read more.

Andrew Wheeler, at E.P.A. Confirmation Hearing, Walks a Fine Line on Climate Change

January 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Andrew Wheeler, at E.P.A. Confirmation Hearing, Walks a Fine Line on Climate Change

When Andrew Wheeler, president Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before Senators on Wednesday at his confirmation hearing, he found himself walking a tightrope on the issue of climate change. Read more.

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Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study

January 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study

Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now. Read more.

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Advocates Raise U.S. Water Quality, Access and Pollution as a Civil Rights Issue with the UN

January 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Advocates Raise U.S. Water Quality, Access and Pollution as a Civil Rights Issue with the UN

WASHINGTON - Food & Water Watch submitted a letter to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights outlining several troubling water issues in the United States as the U.S. government is up for review for its federally-mandated compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Read more.

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First PFAS blood tests in, one 750 times national average

January 16th, 2019|Comments Off on First PFAS blood tests in, one 750 times national average

The industrial PFAS chemicals dumped by Wolverine Worldwide decades ago are now in the blood of Kent County people at significantly high levels. Read more.

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Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown

January 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Federal work at Superfund sites suspended during shutdown

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the country’s factories and mines. By  ELLEN KNICKMEYER and KIM CHANDLER Read more.

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COMMUNITY VOICES: Our kids deserve clean water

January 10th, 2019|Comments Off on COMMUNITY VOICES: Our kids deserve clean water

Today, many of our school districts are not getting their water tested. You would think after the water crisis in Flint, Mich., that all public entities in the United States would be testing their tap water regularly and making the results available to the public. Read More.

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The Costly, Complicated Process of Cleaning Up a Toxic River

January 10th, 2019|Comments Off on The Costly, Complicated Process of Cleaning Up a Toxic River

In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from the Spokane River faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem. Read more.

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Zionsville Superfund site consultant offers help in Franklin

January 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Zionsville Superfund site consultant offers help in Franklin

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) -- A man who worked as an environmental consultant on a federal Superfund site near Zionsville in the 1980s is offering his services to help with an investigation into toxins in Franklin. Read more.

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Inspiring Women of Ecology

January 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Inspiring Women of Ecology

In fighting to protect her community from toxic waste, this housewife started a movement that led to the creation of the EPA’s Superfund. Read More.

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Making America’s Waters Burn Again

January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Making America’s Waters Burn Again

The Trump administration’s new Dirty Water Rule seeks to strip the Clean Water Act’s protections from an overwhelming number of our waterways and return our water to levels of pollution we last saw before the Clean Water Act’s enactment in 1972.   Read More.

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Sustainable Earth: Water

January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Sustainable Earth: Water

CLEAN WATER IS essential for life, but most people in the developed world don't think much about the water they use for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation. In developing nations, however, the search for safe drinking water can be a daily crisis. Millions of people die each year, most of them children, from largely preventable diseases caused by a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Read more.

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MD Reject Permit for “Potomac Pipeline”

January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on MD Reject Permit for “Potomac Pipeline”

In what environmentalists hope is a major shift in state energy policy, Governor Larry Hogan voted to reject a permit necessary for a fracked-gas pipeline known as the “Potomac Pipeline.” During the Maryland Board of Public Works’ semi-monthly meeting, January 2nd Hogan and the other members of the board unanimously rejected a right-of-way easement for the project, which is proposed by a subsidiary of notorious energy company TransCanada. Read more.

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2018 Was A Raging, Howling Signal of Climate Change

January 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on 2018 Was A Raging, Howling Signal of Climate Change

Record rainfall and flooding in Japan, followed by a heat wave that sent tens of thousands of people to the hospital. Astonishing temperature records set across the planet, including sweltering weather above the Arctic Circle. Historic, lethal wildfires in Greece, Sweden and California, terrible flooding in India, a super typhoon with 165-mph winds in the Philippines, and two record-setting hurricanes that slammed the Southeast United States. Natural disasters cost the world $155 billion this year, and several of them struck the United States particularly hard. Michael and Florence, the California wildfires and a volcanic eruption in Hawaii are all on that list, [...]

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Lois Gibbs Describes the Movement she Sparked and what Today’s Activists Need to Know

December 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Lois Gibbs Describes the Movement she Sparked and what Today’s Activists Need to Know

Listen to the Podcast. In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a young mother with a child in a school that was found to be built over a toxic chemical waste dump site. Lois gained international attention and incredible momentum in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s as she led the fight for environmental justice for children and families affected by the environmental disaster identified with the neighborhood where it occurred, Love Canal. “I was waiting on someone to knock on my door and tell me what to do, to explain how I could help,” says Lois of the early days of revelations about the [...]

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Trump’s Assault on the Environment — Destructive

December 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Trump’s Assault on the Environment — Destructive

In just two years, President Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback, lobbied for and cheered on by industry, with little parallel in the past half-century. The trade-offs, while often out of public view, are real — frighteningly so, for some people — imperiling progress in cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink, and in some cases upending the very relationship with the environment around us. Mr. Trump enthusiastically promotes the changes as creating jobs, freeing business from the shackles of government and helping the economy grow. Read more NYT.  

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Trump Administration Unveil Strategy to Fight Lead Exposure

December 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Trump Administration Unveil Strategy to Fight Lead Exposure

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan unveiled the Trump Administration’s Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts (Lead Action Plan). <Read more.>

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Tucson Water Plant Address New Contamination

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Tucson Water Plant Address New Contamination

A water treatment plant in Tucson is replacing more than 56 tons of activated carbon to address newly-discovered perfluorinated compound contamination from the nearby Superfund site. “The fact that we have a treatment plant there at all is entirely driven by the Superfund site,” said Tim Thomure, director of Tucson Water. The 10-square-mile Tucson International Airport site was designed as a Superfund in 1983. Superfund sites are considered some of the most contaminated places in the county. The water treatment plant was set up 11 years later to address the groundwater contamination. “The main process that we use is designed to remove TCE and 1,4 dioxane,” Thomure said. But with the [...]

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A Green New Deal Must Be 100 Percent Just

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on A Green New Deal Must Be 100 Percent Just

Excitement is building among environmentalists as Washington prepares for the arrival of new lawmakers elected by the #PeoplesWave. Led by New York Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, these insurgents promise to infuse new energy into the movement for climate justice. By Ben Ben Ishibashi, People's Action Network Ocasio-Cortez, through a series of high-profile public protests and statements, has focused the minds and hearts of activists, and laid down a gauntlet for the Democratic Party. Now is the time, she says, for a Green New Deal that confronts climate change head-on with bold solutions that can fundamentally alter our nation’s course on both the [...]

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Federal appeals court rejects permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

December 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Federal appeals court rejects permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A panel of federal judges has rejected permits for the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline to cross two national forests and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, finding that the U.S. Forest Service “abdicated its responsibility” and kowtowed to private industry in approving the project. <Read more>

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In southern Dallas, a toxic Superfund site where answers remain years away

December 14th, 2018|Comments Off on In southern Dallas, a toxic Superfund site where answers remain years away

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1000+ youth sit-in, 143 arrested demanding Dem leadership back Green New Deal.

December 13th, 2018|Comments Off on 1000+ youth sit-in, 143 arrested demanding Dem leadership back Green New Deal.

Over 1,000 youth with Sunrise Movement lobbied 50 Congressional offices and sat-in at the offices of Reps. Pelosi, Hoyer, and McGovern, demanding Democrats and their leaders in the House support the Select Committee for a Green New Deal before the holiday recess. In total, 143 were arrested during the sit-ins. A week after the 2018 midterm election, Rep.-elect Ocasio-Cortez joined a sit-in at Rep. Pelosi’s office to ask Democrats form a Select Committee for a Green New Deal. Less than a month later, over 22 Congressional Democrats have endorsed the Select Committee, dozens more have endorsed the Green New Deal, [...]

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Modern Incinerators Still Emit Dangerous Pollutants

December 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Modern Incinerators Still Emit Dangerous Pollutants

Even the world’s most modern waste incinerators still emit dangerous pollutants far beyond EU toxic emissions limit, a new study has revealed. <read more>.

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Drugs and Hormones In Your Water?

December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Drugs and Hormones In Your Water?

Researchers found at least one hormone or pharmaceutical in 7 percent of the 844 aquifers at depths used for public water supply and 14 percent of 247 sites at aquifers used for domestic supply. Emerging contaminant threats in the United States water supply — things like pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and hormones — are garnering attention from public health experts and the federal government. Read more.

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BREDL Calls for Investigation of VA Governor Around Environmental Justice

December 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on BREDL Calls for Investigation of VA Governor Around Environmental Justice

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League called upon Virginia Inspector General Michael Westfall to investigate the firing of two State Air Pollution Control Board members by Governor Ralph Northam.   The request also cites threats by the state attorney general to disband the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.  The request centers on a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station air permit. Sharon Ponton, BREDL’s Stop the Pipelines Campaign Coordinator, stated, “Governor Northam’s actions to replace Rebecca Rubin and Sam Bleicher are unethical and corrupt.”    The letter of request written by Ponton to the IG details events she observed during the last [...]

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Love Canal a Model for Creating Change

November 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Love Canal a Model for Creating Change

Forty years ago, on October 4th, a beautiful child at the age of seven was taken from his family. Why? Because he played in his own backyard. Unknown to anybody, this backyard was contaminated with chemicals. Jon Allen was a special little boy who at the age of seven was always kind and considerate to everyone. Two weeks before he died his mother made cupcakes for him to take to school to celebrate his seventh birthday. He was concerned because he knew one of his classmates had some dietary restrictions and would not be able to eat a cupcake. He [...]

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U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

November 26th, 2018|Comments Off on U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

The 1,656-page assessment report lays out the devastating effects of a changing climate on the economy, health and environment, including record wildfires in California, crop failures in the Midwest and crumbling infrastructure in the South. Going forward, American exports and supply chains could be disrupted, agricultural yields could fall to 1980s levels by midcentury and fire season could spread to the Southeast, the report finds. Read more.

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The Interior Department Is Sidelining Environmental Justice

November 19th, 2018|Comments Off on The Interior Department Is Sidelining Environmental Justice

…In early September, DOI quietly rescinded two policy memos that provided specific guidance on how to implement principles of environmental justice. The first memo, issued in 1995, instructed bureaus to look at impacts of proposed projects and, where necessary, to evaluate the environmental consequences on vulnerable communities or human health. The second memo, drafted two years later, addressed Interior’s responsibility to protect Native American trust resources and sacred sites on federal lands. In addition to rescinding the memos, the department has delayed publication of a manual on how to conduct environmental justice analyses and has asked BLM employees to review [...]

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Trump’s Region 4 EPA Administrator Indicted on Alabama Ethics Charges

November 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Trump’s Region 4 EPA Administrator Indicted on Alabama Ethics Charges

The USEPA Region 4 Administrator, a 2017 Trump appointee, has been indicted by a Jefferson County, Alabama, grand jury for ethics violations, along with his former business partner, former Alabama Environmental Management Commissioner Scott Phillips. <Read more...>

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Seven New Governors May Be The Biggest Election Boon For Climate And Clean Energy

November 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Seven New Governors May Be The Biggest Election Boon For Climate And Clean Energy

Seven new governors have two things in common: they all pledged to move their states to 100 percent clean energy, and they all won. Those seven victories may prove the biggest benefit to advanced energy technologies, according to analysts at Advanced Energy Economy, an advocacy group founded by California billionaire activist Tom Steyer. Read More.

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Virginia Governor Proposes New Steps to Address Sea Level Rise

November 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Virginia Governor Proposes New Steps to Address Sea Level Rise

“I will propose legislation to dedicate the revenue generated by our carbon pollution reduction rule to adaptive infrastructure,” Governor Northam said at a speech in Williamsburg last week. “Instead of sending tens of millions of dollars back to the companies creating the pollution, we should set those funds aside, take the chance to begin tackling these problems in a meaningful way.” Executive Order 24, released today, lays out a series of actions the Commonwealth will undertake to limit the impact of flooding, extreme weather events, and also wildfires. This includes improving resilience of state-owned buildings by taking sea level rise [...]

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St. Louis, MO Landfill Busts into Flames Again!

November 8th, 2018|Comments Off on St. Louis, MO Landfill Busts into Flames Again!

Flames shot to the surface from the burning fire below from the Bridgeton Superfund site landfill. It was 5:30 in the evening, when people were sitting down to dinner and sirens could be heard throughout the community. Just Moms STL have been fighting to get this site cleaned up and local families relocated for years. The flames shooting into the air was terrifying to local families. What's in the smoke? Whats in the odors? Recently the Missouri Depart. Of Health released a study that clearly demonstrated that families in the community were exposed to unhealthy levels of chemicals due to [...]

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Baltimore Becomes First Major City to Ban Water Privatization

November 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Baltimore Becomes First Major City to Ban Water Privatization

Baltimore, Maryland voters made history today by voting in favor of passing ballot question E, a city charter amendment that bans privatization of the city’s water and sewer systems. The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to ban water privatization earlier this year. As of 11:15 p.m., Baltimore voters voted 77% in favor of this amendment with 91 percent of precincts reporting. This confirms Baltimore is now the first major city in the country to amend its charter to prohibit the sale and lease of the city’s water and sewer system. “With water corporations circling around Baltimore over the past several [...]

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Dioxin in Drinking Water Wells in MI

October 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Dioxin in Drinking Water Wells in MI

A heated community meeting, in Michigan over water concerns in Otsego was conducted Saturday afternoon at the city's middle school. The Allegan County Health Department hosted an open house for residents, followed by a presentation and Q & A. But, those there say they left the meeting with more questions than answers causing tensions to run high at that meeting in Otsego. "It's just due to the time frame and waiting and anticipating these results," says Mary Zack. Zack was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 17, she started the group Justice for Otsego to get some answers about water [...]

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North Carolina officials ‘failing’ after Florence coal ash spills

October 19th, 2018|Comments Off on North Carolina officials ‘failing’ after Florence coal ash spills

Environmental activists want more testing and accountability following coal ash breaches at two Duke Energy sites. Critics contend that officials have been too slow to collect water samples and hold the utility accountable after gray muck from ash pits flooded into the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers last month. Read More.

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Huge Win for Local Residents as Tonawanda Coke Closes its Doors

October 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Huge Win for Local Residents as Tonawanda Coke Closes its Doors

The Tonawanda Coke plant near Buffalo, NY, closed its doors this past Sunday marking a huge victory for the local residents who have fought for years to shut down the facility. Read more here.

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Many Communities Don’t Have the Complexion for Protection

October 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Many Communities Don’t Have the Complexion for Protection

Charlie Powell in Birmingham, Alabama has waited since 2005 for action from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Instead he gets the run around. Why? Because like so many other communities that we work with they are poor and African American. They have the wrong complexion for real protection. Instead of stopping the air emissions of an industrial coke plant or properly cleaning up the contaminated soils throughout the community EPA and health authorities gave each family a piece of paper. It included a list of things they should do, not the polluter, to avoid exposures to chemicals in their air [...]

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You Want to See Racism in Action? Look at Where We Dump Our Toxic Waste.

October 11th, 2018|Comments Off on You Want to See Racism in Action? Look at Where We Dump Our Toxic Waste.

The Civil Rights Movement was about more than voting and lunch counters. It was also about the right of all Americans to live and work in a healthy, safe place. (Voting rights aren't much good if you can't walk to the polls because your asthma is bad that day.) That was why Dr. King had moved on to the Poor People's Campaign at the time of his murder. There is in Alabama a poisoned place called Uniontown. Its residents are primarily African-American. In no particular order, they have seen dumped on or near their places of abode coal ash, cheese [...]

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Local Residents Trained for Jobs at CO Superfund Site

October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Local Residents Trained for Jobs at CO Superfund Site

15 Pueblo-area residents graduated from the EPA’s Superfund Job Training Initiative program on September 27th. Graduates of the program now have the necessary skills to be considered for future jobs with the environmental contractors cleaning up lead and arsenic contamination at the site.  Read more.

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Water Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Water Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

This is the third coal ash spill that’s been reported since Florence’s historic rainfall caused catastrophic flooding throughout the state. Duke Energy, the country’s largest electric company, has been fighting attempts to force clean-up of these ponds for years. President Donald Trump’s administration has also loosened several regulations on coal ash storage. In addition to coal ash spills, at least 110 ponds of pig feces have either released their contents into the environment or are at “imminent risk of doing so,” The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Those spills are presenting health concerns, too. “You basically have a toxic soup for people who live in close proximity to those [...]

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Let’s Honor the Indigenous Communities Leading the Way on Climate Justice

October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Let’s Honor the Indigenous Communities Leading the Way on Climate Justice

When Christopher Columbus landed on Turtle Island, which we now call North America, he brought with him a goal of making profit—of taking from the land and people to create commerce. Today, approximately 526 years later, that same pillaging continues to drive our planet further into the climate crisis and lead us into ecological collapse. Instead of honoring the violent colonization Columbus represents, we should use this day to call for truth and reconciliation—and honor the Indigenous communities at the forefront of efforts to heal the long-lasting environmental harm Columbus and his ilk have wrought. Read more.

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EPA Orders Evacuations As Industrial Toxins Found In Florence Flood Waters

October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA Orders Evacuations As Industrial Toxins Found In Florence Flood Waters

As communities along the Gulf Coast await Hurricane Michael, it's easy to forget the devastation that Hurricane Florence wrought on North and South Carolina. As described in the news story by Ring of Fire, “It is easy to forget about the plight of the Carolinas with all of the insanity taking place in Washington, D.C., but for the people who were impacted by Hurricane Florence, that’s all that matters right now. And while we weren’t paying attention, the EPA was testing flood waters and found that many areas are being impacted by potentially deadly corporate toxins that have leached into the flood waters, [...]

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Air near Bridgeton Landfill may have harmed people’s health

September 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Air near Bridgeton Landfill may have harmed people’s health

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has determined that past exposure to sulfur-based compounds in the air near the Bridgeton landfill may have harmed the health of area residents and workers.  Read more.

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Floodwaters Swamp Toxic Coal Ash Dump in NC

September 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Floodwaters Swamp Toxic Coal Ash Dump in NC

Toxic coal ash from Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton power plant in Wilmington,NC flowed into the Cape Fear River this past week-end when rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence overwhelmed the storage basin. Read more ...

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Community by Community: Women proved environmental trailblazers at Love Canal and beyond

September 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Community by Community: Women proved environmental trailblazers at Love Canal and beyond

When it comes to environmental reform, the conversation starts around the kitchen table. And while they don’t get the credit or recognition they deserve, women over the years heavily influenced environmental reform. Dr. Terrianne K. Schulte narrowed it down to four reformers across the 20th century to represent the work done. She spoke Friday during a talk titled, “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community: Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform.” She spoke of Helen Dortch Longstreet, Rachel Carson, Betty Klaric and Lois Gibbs. The talk was sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution as part of [...]

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Is the Drinking Water Safe at Your Child’s School?

September 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Is the Drinking Water Safe at Your Child’s School?

I wonder how many parents, in the excitement of this new school year, were stunned to read this week that there is a good chance that their children’s school drinking water is tainted with lead? More concerning to me is how many more parents still have no idea whether there is lead in their kids’ school water fountain. Children are more at risk from the danger of lead poisoning than adults and the damage lasts a lifetime. Yet the majority of schools nationally don’t test their water, or if they do, they don’t provide the information to parents. Despite the [...]

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EPA Assessing Toxic Threats in Hurricane’s Path

September 14th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA Assessing Toxic Threats in Hurricane’s Path

The EPA assessing the vulnerability of at least 40 toxic waste sites that could be damaged by Hurricane Florence in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. But that review does not include dozens of inland Superfund sites that potentially could be flooded by the storm’s fluctuating path. Read more.

CHEJ Small Grants Program

September 12th, 2018|Comments Off on CHEJ Small Grants Program

Did you know that CHEJ has a Small Grants Program that prioritizes grassroots groups working on environmental health, and justice issues? The grants program supports projects that help groups move towards their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or training and education. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms. A small grant makes a big difference in grassroots communities fighting for their lives. CHEJ is proud to be able to offer these resources to local neighborhood groups who otherwise would have a more difficult time [...]

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Leaders meet with EPA about Superfund Sites

September 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Leaders meet with EPA about Superfund Sites

NEWS ADVISORY September 11, 2018 Contact: Lois Gibbs, Peoples Action/Center for Health, Environment & Justice Phone: 703-627-9483 Lgibbs@chej.org “Mother of Superfund,” Lois Gibbs and Local Leaders Deliver Strong Messages to Congress to Reinstate “Polluter Pay” Fee Leaders meet with EPA high ranking staff about Superfund Sites What: Members of grassroots groups are meeting with Congressional representatives asking them to be a Superhero and support the Polluter Pays Fees. This is part of a nationwide action joining other local groups across the country. Leaders will also be meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 2:00 on September 12th. This meeting [...]

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Toxic, yet non-hazardous?

September 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Toxic, yet non-hazardous?

Coal is dirty. That is an unsurprising fact of coal, every process involving coal is dirty. Mining coal is extremely energy intensive and can destroy whole ecosystems, burning coal produces millions of tons of carbon dioxide, but perhaps the dirtiest part of coal is disposing of coal ash. The United States burns over 800 million tons of coal each year to produce 30% of its energy. This burning of coal produces 110 million tons of coal ash annually according to the EPA. Coal is really just ancient carbonized plants, burning it produces millions of tons of carbon dioxide annually and disrupts the Earth’s carbon [...]

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Detroit Shutting Off water 34 Schools

August 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Detroit Shutting Off water 34 Schools

"It’s sending the message to students, parents and employees that we really don’t care about public education in Detroit, that we allow for second-class citizenry in Detroit," Vitti said then. "And that hurts my heart and it angers me and it frustrates me that I can’t fix it right now."Nikolai Vitti, is the superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Read more.

Safe Drinking Water Settlement $365,000

August 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Safe Drinking Water Settlement $365,000

Under a settlement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), CertainTeed Corporation will pay $365,500 in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) at the CertainTeed Lake Charles Polymer Plant in Westlake, Louisiana. The settlement requires the largest civil penalty payment under the Safe Drinking Water Act by a public water system with respect to drinking water in the state of Louisiana. Read more...

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Higher rates of cancer, illnesses Hoosick Falls drinking water – PFOA exposure

August 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Higher rates of cancer, illnesses Hoosick Falls drinking water – PFOA exposure

Elevated levels of PFOA were found in the village of Hoosick Falls public water system in 2014. The state Health Department and village officials were later criticized because they waited roughly 16 months -- and faced pressure from the EPA -- before they warned the public to stop drinking the water. Read more.

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Fracking Industry’s Water Use Rises

August 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Fracking Industry’s Water Use Rises

Water use for fracking by oil and gas operators in the Marcellus Shale region rose 20 percent between 2011 and 2016 as longer laterals were drilled to fracture more gas-bearing rock, even though the pace of well development slowed in response to low natural gas prices, a Duke University study said on Wednesday. The rise was the smallest of any of the six U.S. regions studied, including the Permian Basin area of Texas, where water use surged by 770 percent over the period. The study also said the volume of fracking waste water produced in the Marcellus – which includes [...]

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Is Nuclear Neighbor Polluting Our Water?

August 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Is Nuclear Neighbor Polluting Our Water?

Pollution tied to infant deaths and cancer in adults has shown up for decades in the groundwater beneath a nuclear fuel factory less than two miles from Michael Daugherty’s house.The uranium leak in Hopkins, South Carolina occurred in June. It was reported to state and federal authorities on July 12, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mildred Myers, a Gadsden resident, said she is glad DHEC is investigating, but that she always has been worried about the Westinghouse plant. The recent spill only reinforces her concerns, said Myers, a founder [...]

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Birmingham Alabama Needs Superfund Now

August 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Birmingham Alabama Needs Superfund Now

While the EPA's decision not to place the North Birmingham Alabama 35th Avenue Alternatives Superfund site on the NPL was disappointing to many in the community, it was perhaps understandable given the strong vocal opposition with the state. It is now abundantly clear, as evidenced by the July 19, 2018 convictions of a former state legislator, a business executive and attorney on a number of federal charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and bribery, that the EPA's initial public review process was undermined by an illegal misinformation scheme to prevent the North Birmingham site from being added to the NPL. Being [...]

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Puerto Ricans Don’t Trust Drinking Water

August 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Puerto Ricans Don’t Trust Drinking Water

Ten months after Maria hit water quality still seems inconsistent, and local residents aren’t taking any chances.  “The water comes out of the tap white, and sometimes dark and dirty, with particles in it,” Marta Rivera said. “Before the hurricane, the water wasn’t like that. My house was full of water; it smelled really bad. Me, my son, my aunt and even the doctor here have got sick in some way. It’s made me a little paranoid. Traumatized.” Read more.

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Kentucky Coal Company’s Sweetheart Deal

August 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Kentucky Coal Company’s Sweetheart Deal

Conservationists say Kentucky regulators rubber-stamped the utility’s own plans, (Big Rivers Electric Corporation) insulated it from citizen’s lawsuits and neglected to assess the complete environmental impact of the pollution. “To me that’s the bigger story, it’s not whether there’s a nominal fine or not. It’s the fact that there’s no indication the company is being required to do a full accounting for what the impacts are of this pollution or fully address the pollution at its source,” said Thom Cmar, an attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental advocacy non-profit. But the agreed order doesn’t require Big Rivers to assess groundwater impacts. [...]

A toxic town, a search for answers

July 31st, 2018|Comments Off on A toxic town, a search for answers

"Even before Hassan Amjad’s family buried him on a West Virginia hillside, phone calls flooded his daughter’s office. The callers remembered him as a kind man, boundless in his curiosity, fiery in his convictions, who had long maintained a medical clinic in nearby Oak Hill, in an old whitewashed house with a squeaky screen door and creaking wood floors.  But some of them also sounded worried. Ayne Amjad, a doctor like her father, heard the same questions again and again: Who will stand up for us now? Will we be forgotten? Her father had made it his mission to get [...]

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Two Michigan Communities Drinking Polluted Water Since 2012

July 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Two Michigan Communities Drinking Polluted Water Since 2012

Two Kalamazoo-area communities were told not to drink the water because of  high levels of contaminants discovered in recent testing. Recent tests showed a concentration of more than 1,500 parts per trillion of PFAS coming from Parchment's water supply, more than 20 times higher than the U.S. EPA's health advisory of 70 parts per trillion. Read more.  

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Wildfire burns near Libby, MT Asbestos Superfund site

July 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Wildfire burns near Libby, MT Asbestos Superfund site

"Anytime you operate near any Superfund site, it's very noteworthy …The fire's probably the most simple thing that you have to worry about." Asbestos still lingers in Operable Unit 3’s trees and soil. Research shows that when this material burns, the majority of asbestos fibers stay in the ash rather than go airborne. But the fibers' direction and impact can be difficult to predict, especially in a large fire. Read more.

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AZ Residents Water Polluted

July 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on AZ Residents Water Polluted

“If we’d known the water was this filthy, we probably wouldn’t have bought here. I feel like we were cheated,” said Jose, a Border Patrol agent, about the Saguaro Bloom well contamination. Read more.

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Sen. Gillibrand,N.Y. Introducing Bill to Cleanup Drinking Water

July 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Sen. Gillibrand,N.Y. Introducing Bill to Cleanup Drinking Water

No one should ever have to wonder if their water is safe. Across NY state, drinking water contamination has been hurting communities. Read more. On a federal level there is a bill in the Senate that force all schools to test their drinking water and provides grants to replace pipes where necessary. Take action button is on the left side of our webpage. Please let your representative know you care.

Bridgeton Landfill Update

July 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Bridgeton Landfill Update

A 2013 lawsuit regarding the Bridgeton landfill finally reached a settlement in Missouri courts. The settlement holds Bridgeton accountable and is a step in the right direction according to Missouri's Attorney General. Republic Services will still manage the site. Additionally, Bridgeton will create a$12.5 million restitution fund and pay $3.5 million in fines and damages. Read More. 

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Georgia School Moved from Superfund Site

July 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Georgia School Moved from Superfund Site

Community members were concerned over new plans to build a new elementary school on the existing site that has been contaminated for over 40 years. The Glynn Country board unanimously voted to move the school three-quarters of a mile from the existing school. Read More

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substamnces (PFAS) Summit

July 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substamnces (PFAS) Summit

June 27, 2018 More than 200 people participated in the opening session of the first of several regional summits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PSAS) and related chemicals that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to sponsor over the coming year.  The summit held in Exeter, New Hampshire included both a public forum Monday, June 25 and a series of workshops the following day which involved environmental officials from the state, the federal government, municipal officials and interested parties. This regional summit was a follow-up to the EPA’s National Summit held in Washington, DC in May as it considers [...]

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$100 Million Superfund Settlement in Rhode Island

July 10th, 2018|Comments Off on $100 Million Superfund Settlement in Rhode Island

The EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, and the state DEP reached a $100 settlement from Emhart Industires Inc. and Black & Decker Inc. will clean up the dioxin-contaminated soil at the Superfund site in Northern Providence and Johnson. The site covers nine acres on the Woonaskqutucket River. Read more here

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West Virginia Activists Protest Governor

July 10th, 2018|Comments Off on West Virginia Activists Protest Governor

Minden, West Virginia has been contaminated by toxic and cancerous PCBs for decades after Shaffer Equipment Company buried electrical waste in the town. The activists are protesting a sewer project in the town that has exposed residents to PCBs. West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, originally supported the communities efforts to put their town on the EPA's Superfund Priority list and halt the sewer project, but the Governor has since reversed the order. Read more. 

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Ohio EPA program funds septic replacement

July 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Ohio EPA program funds septic replacement

Ohio EPA estimates that over 30 percent of septic systems are not functioning properly, causing potential harm to public health. The State's EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund began in 2016 and has since provided over $12.5 million to residents and fixed 1,200 septic systems. Through the loan program, residents could receive 50-100% of the funds needed to repair or replace their systems. Read More.  

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EPA Found High Dioxin Levels at the San Jacinto Superfund Site

July 4th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA Found High Dioxin Levels at the San Jacinto Superfund Site

It turns out that everyone who was worried about how the San Jacinto waste pits Superfund site, in Houston, TX, would hold up during Hurricane Harvey was right on the money. A new round of EPA testing has revealed that the area is still recording higher-than-normal dioxin levels in the area. Read More.

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America Was Born In Revolution & Nurtured by Struggle

July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on America Was Born In Revolution & Nurtured by Struggle

Our founding fathers would be ashamed of the moral standards that Independence Day represents TODAY. A far reach from what was intended when they proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This has been called "one of the best-known sentences and the most potent and consequential words in American history." The passage came to represent a moral standard to which the United States should strive. Lincoln considered the Declaration to be the foundation of [...]

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Plans to Place 47,000 Detainees on Superfund Site Nixed

June 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Plans to Place 47,000 Detainees on Superfund Site Nixed

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said there will be no relocation camps established in Concord or anywhere in California, at this time. Concord's Mayor sent a letter explaining that the acreage within the site is still undergoing assessment and cleanup of Navy contamination and is not suitable for transfer nor for human occupation. The city and the Navy have been working over the last 12 years through the BRAC [base realignment and closure] process. The area currently has no useful infrastructure to provide water, sewer, or electricity. These concerns make it unsuitable for consideration. Read More.  

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Superfund News

June 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Superfund News

This is where updates on the Superfund campaign and related stories will be published.

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Is Radium Being Spread on Your Roads?

June 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Is Radium Being Spread on Your Roads?

Radium has been widely spread on Pennsylvania roadways without regulation: Study 200 times more of the carcinogen has been released into the environment through legal road brining than has as a result of oil and gas industry spills.  Wastewater from the oil and gas industry that's being spread on roadways to control dust and ice in at least 13 states, including Pennsylvania, poses a threat to the environment and to human health, according to a study released this week. Read more.

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EPA hears call for racial justice in New Bedford Harbor

June 20th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA hears call for racial justice in New Bedford Harbor

Residents told EPA about a long-standing lack of job training in New Bedford for racial minorities, including jobs doing EPA-run Superfund work. Other large Superfund sites around the country have job training for local residents, but New Bedford does not. Read more.

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EPA’s Superfund site policy could advance gentrification in communities of color

May 20th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA’s Superfund site policy could advance gentrification in communities of color

"When it comes to exposure to hazardous waste, Chicago is a tale of two cities divided by color and income. On the South Side, neighborhoods like Roseland, Englewood, and Riverdale are over 95 percent black. Across the Windy City, fewer than one in five households live below the poverty line, but eight of nine communities on the West Side – many of which contain Superfund sites – exceed that level. The concentration of toxic risk suggests that Chicago continues to fail to live up to a fundamental principle of environmental justice: a person’s race or income level should not increase their [...]

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Pipeline Through VA and NC Stopped Again

May 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Pipeline Through VA and NC Stopped Again

“The land is our family tree and it speaks of legacies, heritage, and memories. No one would take that away from us. No pipelines on our valuable historic farms. No intruders on our land.”  Valerie Williams, a member of Concerned Stewards of Halifax County and an African American landowner in Halifax County. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a 600-mile natural gas pipeline starting at a fracking operation in West Virginia. The pipeline, co-owned by Dominion Power and Duke Energy, runs through Virginia before entering North Carolina in Northampton County. From, there it continues another 160 miles through eight counties in [...]

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NEW LIFE FOR TOXIC LAND

May 15th, 2018|Comments Off on NEW LIFE FOR TOXIC LAND

Pritchard Park, WA is just one illustration of efforts across the U.S. to put contaminated sites back to use for communities — as parks, playing fields, workplaces, homes, shopping centers, even renewable energy projects. When Charles Schmid first moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1970, the Wyckoff Company was still stripping bark from timber and treating the logs with creosote, an oily liquid processed from coal tar. The waterfront factory had used similar wood-preservation methods dating back to the early 1900s, when it began producing materials for some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects, including the Panama Canal, Great Northern [...]

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Our People Are Being Hurt and We Won’t be Silent Anymore

May 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Our People Are Being Hurt and We Won’t be Silent Anymore

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival To Kick Off Six Weeks of Non-Violent Direct Action Monday in Lansing  Protests Planned in over 30 State Capitals, Washington, D.C. Movement Demands Sweeping Overhaul of Nation’s Voting Rights Laws, Policies to Address Poverty, Ecological Devastation, War Economy LANSING, MI —The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will kick off a six-week season of nonviolent direct action Monday in Lansing, demanding a massive overhaul of the nation’s voting rights laws, new programs to lift up the 140 million Americans living in poverty, immediate attention to ecological devastation and [...]

  • Theresa "Red" Terry has planted herself in a tree in Southwest Virginia to protest construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Must credit: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson

Citizens Take A Stand — While Governors Turn Their Backs

May 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Citizens Take A Stand — While Governors Turn Their Backs

The governor in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia are whining about how they would stop the Mountain Valley or Atlantic Coast pipelines if they could. . . but they can’t.  Their hands are tied.  It’s a lie and they know it. Theresa "Red" Terry has planted herself in a tree in Southwest Virginia to protest construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Must credit: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson Of course, they can stop a pipeline and the U.S. Supreme Court just ruled they can - again.  On April 30, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Constitution Pipeline [...]

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Wilmington, California resident and community environmental activist and organizer Ashley Hernandez says her community has had enough. There are more than 6,000 oil wells, she said in a recent You Tube video, near daycares, schools and directly in front of homes. Hernandez grew up with headaches, nosebleeds, and her friends had asthma and other respiratory issues. Now, some residents are dealing with cancer. It’s a city that’s predominantly residents of color, with a sizable immigrant population, and it’s the children of these immigrants who are standing up to say no more to the oil industry.

This Young Environmental Activist Lives 500 Feet From A Drilling Site

April 26th, 2018|Comments Off on This Young Environmental Activist Lives 500 Feet From A Drilling Site

"“This is personal,” says 25-year-old organizer Ashley Hernandez. “This is my home, this is my family, this is my health.” Hernandez’s parents, immigrants who fled El Salvador’s civil war, had worked diligently to save for their own home in Wilmington by working as a truck dispatcher and a housekeeper. But their home was just 500 feet from a drilling site. As a child, Hernandez was plagued with headaches and nightly nosebleeds so intense the blood would soak through her pillow. Soot would fall in their yard, tremors shook their home, and toxic air burned their eyes. “There really is no [...]

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EPA Ruled Improperly Delayed Racial Bias Probes

April 13th, 2018|Comments Off on EPA Ruled Improperly Delayed Racial Bias Probes

It has been ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) improperly delayed investigating pollution-spewing dumps and power plants that disproportionately impact minority communities. This follows a July 2015 suit against the EPA, where Californians for Renewable Energy and four other groups claimed that the agency ignored a decade’s worth of complaints about environmental racism under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Communities surrounding sites such as 'The Stone's Throw' Landfill in Tallassee, Alabama are among the minority populations citing civil rights complaints against the EPA. Read more at: https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-rules-epa-improperly-delayed-racial-bias-probes/

SPRING INTO ACTION!

April 5th, 2018|Comments Off on SPRING INTO ACTION!

  Everyone off the couch, shake the cobweb out of your brain and enjoy the coming of spring.  Sure we have had a rough winter following the elections.  And it may get rougher still.  I know at first I just wanted to crawl under the covers and go back to my pre-activist days.  Then Lois said to all of us, “don’t agonize, organize.”  Of course Lois would say that, that’s her style. Earth Day is around the corner; I know some of us no longer see Earth Day as a big deal.  The last time I attended an Earth Day [...]

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The Superfund Sites of Silicon Valley

April 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on The Superfund Sites of Silicon Valley

"Federica Armstrong discovered when she moved to Palo Alto, Calif., that Silicon Valley is not what it seems. The world’s capital of tech innovation prefers to keep its superlatives, good and bad, under wraps. Along its Prius-choked roads, it looks like Anywhere, U.S.A.: single-family-home suburbs south of San Francisco, bordered by chain stores, auto dealerships and corporate parks — lots of beige, boxy corporate parks. Inside these plain vanilla buildings, where C.E.O.s in hoodies and jeans stockpile more money than the G.D.P. of developing countries, newly minted techies complain that “S.V.,” the world’s largest wealth generator, is too expensive and that [...]

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Ashes to Ashes–Coal Ash = Death

March 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Ashes to Ashes–Coal Ash = Death

In North Carolina, Duke Energy is storing 130 million tons of coal ash at 32 sites at 14 power plants. The state law requires Duke to safely move all of it by 2029, and from four leaking ash ponds by 2019. Where is Duke planning to put the toxic ash?  Not surprisingly, in a low-income community of color in Lee County, NC. Local resident Donna Bray said, "Duke is hitting the poorest rural neighborhoods, where they think people won't be able to fight back against a big corporation. I’m worried about contamination of the vegetable garden that provides half the [...]

  • TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Virginie MONTET, USA-environment-energy-pollution A June 12, 2008 photo shows water which is allegedly seeping from an abandoned mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia. The 50-acre park is situated next to a massive open coal mine on Kayford Mountain which has been demolished in the process of extracting coal. Mountaintop removal mining (MTR), referred to in coal the industry as mountaintop mining/valley fills is surface mining involving extreme change to the summit or summit ridge of a mountain. It is used mainly with coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains, in the eastern US. The process involves using explosives to remove up to 1,000 vertical feet (304.8 meters) of rock to get to the coal. The debris is often moved into the adjacent river valleys, called a valley fill.    AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A once thriving coal town has turned toxic, and citizens are desperate for help

March 28th, 2018|Comments Off on A once thriving coal town has turned toxic, and citizens are desperate for help

“West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And people are tired of being collateral damage and they’re tired of living in a toxic waste dump,” Paula Jean Swearengin, a West Virginia native, told ThinkProgress. “We’re just wondering if we do get on the NPL [National Priority List], will any of this happen fast enough to actually help the people in Minden?” Brandon Richardson of Headwaters Defense said. “If you wait 10 years to relocate people and come up with the money to do it, you may as well spend that relocation money on burial plots [...]

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

March 18th, 2018|Comments Off on After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

"Robert Taylor isn't sure why he's alive. "My mother succumbed to bone cancer. My brother had lung cancer," he ticks them off on his fingers. "My sister, I think it was cervical cancer. My nephew lung cancer." A favorite cousin. That cousin's son. Both neighbors on one side, one neighbor on the other. "And here I am. I don't understand how it decides who to take." For decades, Taylor and his neighbors wondered if emissions from the plant were making people in the community sick, but most people thought that challenging a chemical giant was a lost cause. The company [...]

Trump nominates Dow Chemicals lawyer to oversee EPA toxic waste program

March 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Trump nominates Dow Chemicals lawyer to oversee EPA toxic waste program

  "Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Dow Chemicals lawyer to head-up an Environmental Protection Agency unit that oversees hazardous waste disposal and chemical spills from toxic“Superfund” sites. Dow Chemicals facilities are involved in dozens of Superfund projects. Dow had accrued $219 million in accrued obligations for remediating Superfund sites, according to the company’s fourth quarter 2017 10-K filing. Overall, Dow had accrued $1.3 billion in“probable environmental remediation and restoration costs,” according to the 10-K." Read More Here

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Cleaning products damage women’s lungs as badly as a 20-a-day cigarette habit

February 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Cleaning products damage women’s lungs as badly as a 20-a-day cigarette habit

Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen found that lung function decline in women regularly using cleaning products was equivalent over the period to those with a 20 cigarettes a day smoking habit. "When you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not so surprising after all," said Øistein Svanes , a doctoral student who led the study. Read More Here  

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Did Flint’s Water Crisis Damage Kids’ Brains?

February 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Did Flint’s Water Crisis Damage Kids’ Brains?

"Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley recently noticed a startling fact about kids in the lead-poisoned city of Flint, Michigan: They have become increasingly bad at reading since the water crisis began in 2014. A state government report showed that, from the year 2014 to the year 2017, third-grade reading proficiency in the city dropped from 41.8 percent to 10.7 percent. “That’s nearly a three-quarters drop in third-grade reading proficiency among children whose lives were affected by lead poisoned water during the Flint water crisis,” she wrote. The Center for American Progress declared that Flint’s water crisis “has lead to a [...]

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Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study

February 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study

New researching documenting disproportionate danger to students of color and poor students from air pollution at school. "Pollution exposure is also drawn along racial lines. While black children make up 16% of all US public school students, more than a quarter of them attend the schools worst affected by air pollution. By contrast, white children comprise 52% of the public school system but only 28% of those attend the highest risk schools. This disparity remains even when the urban-rural divide is accounted for." Read more.

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Happy Valentines Day

February 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Happy Valentines Day

By Teresa Mills Today as I opened my Valentines Day card I was immediately transported to a place that I had forgotten existed.  It was a small  neighborhood where the streets were lined with beautiful majestic trees with leaves just beginning to bud.  The sweet smell of spring was in the air. As I walked along the streets, I did see an occasional patch of dandelions.  It was plain to see that the neighborhood children loved these tiny flowers as I found several rings and necklaces made from these golden flowers.  As I picked up one of these tiny rings, [...]

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A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

February 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

The small white and maroon trucks that deliver the waste often come at night, she says. They contain what regulatory agencies innocently refer to as produced water, or brine, a slurry generated during fracking operations that can contain more than 1,100 chemicals and which is carcinogenic, flammable, and radioactive. Garman says she and her son occasionally smell, “a sweet odor in the air, almost like antifreeze.” One night last winter an alarm went off. “There was a red light and a real low siren,” she says, “and no one to call to see what was going on.” In the morning, [...]

In The Eye of The Storms – 327 Toxic Superfund Sites

January 29th, 2018|Comments Off on In The Eye of The Storms – 327 Toxic Superfund Sites

Innocent families live around the 327 Superfund sites at risk of storms and rising seas. Over 2 million moms, dads, children live close enough to one of these toxic sites that likely will be impacted by climate change and sea level rise. Most families are of modest or low income and don't have the ability to move. They are the most vulnerable among us. What is Scott Pruitt, Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Bill Brock, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) doing about it?  EPA and FEMA are denying climate change, as Trump demanded. Today, [...]

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EPA official says Trump needs plan for climate change threat to Superfund sites

January 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on EPA official says Trump needs plan for climate change threat to Superfund sites

A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. "We have to respond to climate change, that's just part of our mission set," replied Breen, a career official who leads EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. "So we need to design remedies that account for that. We don't get to pick where Superfund sites are. We deal with the waste where it is." Read More Here:

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This Town Is So Toxic, They Want It Wiped off the Map

January 16th, 2018|Comments Off on This Town Is So Toxic, They Want It Wiped off the Map

The story of Minden, WV is yet another example of how toxic pollution harms the poorest and vulnerable communities the most. Read about the horrifying story here.

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McDonalds Decades Later Eliminates Foam Everywhere.

January 11th, 2018|Comments Off on McDonalds Decades Later Eliminates Foam Everywhere.

"Mister, stop being so mean and give me my sandwich wrapped in paper," said a young man in 1990. He was part of CHEJ's McToxic's campaign primarily run by young school children. McDonald's refused to eliminate their use of Styrofoam in their packaging of sandwiches. Young people across the country took it upon themselves to organize their friends and protest at their local McDonalds restaurants. They asked for food wrapped in paper but because of the franchise license the restaurant couldn't change the packaging. The win was big. McDonald agreed on November 1, 1990 to stop using Styrofoam in all [...]

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Legal levels of air pollution are killing the elderly

January 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Legal levels of air pollution are killing the elderly

"A new body of emerging research shows that people are dying prematurely from breathing the air even in places where air pollution levels were deemed “safe” by the US." “We found that the mortality rate increases almost linearly as air pollution increases,” Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics at Harvard’s school of public health, and a senior author on the paper, said in a statement. Though the study focuses on the US, its basic conclusion applies broadly: the “safe” levels laid out by national health agencies everywhere are inherently far from safe. “Any level of air pollution, no matter how low, [...]

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Nine Reasons to Be Optimistic About Climate Change in 2018

January 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Nine Reasons to Be Optimistic About Climate Change in 2018

"There’s really no way around it: This was an awful year for climate change. And much—but not all—of that is due to Donald Trump. In his first year as president, Trump staffed his administration with climate deniers and fossil fuel allies, began the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement, and basically did everything possible to halt progress at a time when it desperately needs to be accelerated. As if that isn’t enough, a report in November showed that global emissions grew in 2017 after several years of modest decline, thanks in part to a bump in coal use in China. [...]

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Environmental justice takes center stage at the Clean Power Plan hearing

November 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Environmental justice takes center stage at the Clean Power Plan hearing

"CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Jacqui Patterson, director of the environmental and climate justice program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), began her testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on Wednesday with a story about her father. Years ago, Patterson said, her father developed a cough that slowly but steadily worsened to the point where he needed to be on a constant stream of oxygen. A doctor diagnosed him with pulmonary fibrosis — a chronic and progressive lung condition normally associated with smoking. Patterson’s father had never smoked a day in his life, but [...]

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Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

November 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

Life in Cancer Alley--- "‘You can’t eat nothing off the ground anymore’ explained one local resident, who like many in this area, has seen the local ecology slowly degenerate over the years. Residents spoke about sludge-like residue that hangs around the bottom of trees, and of plants flowering out of season, or not at all. Others described fruit not ripening, leaves changing color, and verdant trees that were planted by their grandparents suddenly dying. ‘The trees grow at different times…’ described one resident, as we walked around her garden, ‘…They come out, then they go back in, they come out and then go [...]

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Incoming EPA Adviser Thinks Air is Too Clean

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Incoming EPA Adviser Thinks Air is Too Clean

"One of the new White House appointees to a critical environmental panel once said that the air these days is just too clean to promote good health. Robert Phalen, an air pollution researcher at the Irvine campus of the University of California, said in 2012 that children need to breathe irritants so that their bodies learn how to ward them off. “Modern air,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “is a little too clean for optimum health.”" Read more here

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Meet the Moms Waging War on Scott Pruitt

October 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Meet the Moms Waging War on Scott Pruitt

“Dawn told me about the illegally dumped nuclear waste, that there had been instances where it had gone off-site, which were documented, that when West Lake was unregulated it had received all kinds of toxic chemicals, including paint and jet fuel,” says Ferdman. “I told her, ‘No offense, but I’m going to be fact-based and objective. If 25 percent of what you’ve told me is true, we have a big problem.’ And unfortunately it all turned out to be true.” Read more here

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Hurricane Victims Don’t Have the ‘Complexion for Protection’

October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Hurricane Victims Don’t Have the ‘Complexion for Protection’

Millions of Puerto Ricans are still without water, food, electricity and shelter, four weeks after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island. With waterborne illnesses on the rise, a full-blown humanitarian crisis is on the horizon. “Raw sewage continues to be released into waterways and is expected to continue until repairs can be made and power is restored,” the EPA warns in a memo. When the agency issued this statement, eighty-four percent of Puerto Rico was without electricity, and sixty percent of water treatment plants out of service. “Water contaminated with livestock waste, human sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants can lead to [...]

Undermining the Rule of Law at the E.P.A.

October 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Undermining the Rule of Law at the E.P.A.

"Last week brought more bad news: Mr. Pruitt is proposing to end a decades-long agreement with the Justice Department that funds the E.P.A.’s lawsuits against polluters responsible for creating hazardous waste sites. Neither Congress nor the courts will have the final say. The decision rests with the Trump administration. Since the Reagan administration, the E.P.A. has reimbursed the Justice Department for the cost of suing companies as part of the Superfund hazardous waste site cleanup program. In communities like the Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Times Beach, Mo., the Justice Department sued polluters to force them to pay the [...]

What is the road ahead for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

September 27th, 2017|Comments Off on What is the road ahead for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

On Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria made a direct hit to Puerto Rico– virtually destroying most of its infrastructure and plunging Puerto Ricans into a humanitarian crisis. About 97% of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million population is without power, and about half without running water. Let’s not forget that these are American citizens we are talking about. The Trump Administration’s response has been significantly slower and less effective than the response to Hurricane Harvey and Irma. President Trump tweeted about the situation on Monday, stating that,“Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the [...]

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What happens when a hurricane hits a toxic waste site?

September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on What happens when a hurricane hits a toxic waste site?

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the EPA confirmed 13 of Houston's Superfund sites were flooded or completely underwater. Gibbs says thousands more sites are vulnerable to violent storms, and politics make it unlikely that many of them will be ever be remediated. "We've seen it time and time again, going back to Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. They're just not being taken care of. The reason is because the responsible parties — the companies that are responsible for these sites — don't want to pay the money to clean them up. "And the EPA, our environmental protection agency at the federal level, doesn't want to [...]

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Mr. Pruitt Solar Panels are a Redevelopment Option

September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Mr. Pruitt Solar Panels are a Redevelopment Option

A Superfund site in Vermont will be redeveloped with solar panels. This is a redevelopment idea we can live with. While the land is being reused we can reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Read more.  

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The Looming Superfund Nightmare

September 17th, 2017|Comments Off on The Looming Superfund Nightmare

As unprecedented hurricanes assault coastal U.S. communities, residents and experts fear the storms could unleash contamination the EPA has tried to keep at bay. “The problem is that you could see a lot of waste that was supposedly ‘under control’ getting mobilized into waterways and spreading throughout the community,” Olson said. Working with the NRDC and other environmental groups, local residents did their own water testing and “found widespread contamination around Superfund and RCRA sites.” Read more

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Toxic Wastes Are Everywhere – From Harvey

September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Toxic Wastes Are Everywhere – From Harvey

Bobby Griffin found the clusters of shiny silver mercury globules scattered across his San Jacinto riverfront property on Tuesday, a few hundred yards from the San Jacinto Waste Pits, a Superfund site that was inundated during last week's storm. Public health officials are investigating a case of dangerous liquid mercury that appears to have washed or blown ashore here, east of Houston, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Read more.

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Where is America’s Humanity and Compassion?

September 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Where is America’s Humanity and Compassion?

Innocent Families in wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey were given choices: Stay and risk your families lives with the wrath of the hurricanes or face interrogation, detention and deportation. How inhumane can our government be? I'm shocked and saddened by the uncaring, cruel and downright dangerous behavior of our country's police. A category five hurricane will hit Florida and people need to find a safe shelter for their families. But the police publicly announced that will be checking people as they arrive to shelters for outstanding warrents. They need help not threats and more fear of harm.  In Texas, [...]

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‘Dreamers’ Marched Near CHEJ’s Offices

September 6th, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Dreamers’ Marched Near CHEJ’s Offices

'Dreamers' who marched down the street from our offices in Falls Church, Virginia.  Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Since the Obama administration began DACA in 2012, 787,580 people have been approved for the program, according to the latest government figures. To be eligible, applicants had to have arrived in the US before age 16 and have lived there since June 15, 2007. What does DACA do for them? DACA recipients have been able to come out of the shadows and obtain valid driver's licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs. They also pay income [...]

CHEJ Responds to Pruitt’s Plans for Superfund

August 29th, 2017|Comments Off on CHEJ Responds to Pruitt’s Plans for Superfund

The Trump Administration and newly-appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt claim to desire to return Superfund cleanups “to their rightful place at the center of the EPA’s core mission”1, however their actions speak differently: their proposed budget includes a 30% cut in funding to the Superfund. In April, Pruitt assembled a Task Force to provide recommendations for the future of Superfund, chaired by Albert Kelly, a prior bank chairman with no environmental experience. On June 22nd, the report was released and the recommendations it contains raise major concerns decreasing cleanup oversight, privileging corporate interests over public health, and a lack of [...]

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Wilmington Demands Clean Water, Clean EPA

August 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Wilmington Demands Clean Water, Clean EPA

Don’t drink the water. That’s something you’d expect to hear when you travel to a developing country. But that’s what people are saying in Wilmington, a historic beach, tourist and retiree destination and the eighth-largest city in this state. It also happens to be one of my favorite places to go when I need a reprieve from the heat and humidity of central North Carolina. With its charming historic riverfront, shops, delicious restaurants, parks, water sports and beautiful beaches, it’s a great place to relax and unwind. The last thing one should have to worry about is the safety of [...]

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Top FERC To-Do List – Gas Pipelines

August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Top FERC To-Do List – Gas Pipelines

Now that its quorum has been restored, one of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's top priorities will be breaking the logjam of natural gas pipeline projects needing approval that built up over the six months since the body was last able to perform its duties.  The U.S. Senate brought FERC back to fighting shape earlier this month with the confirmation of commissioners Republicans Robert Powelson, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and Neil Chatterjee, a senior energy policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The two men, along with [...]

Skeptics voice concerns over EPA plan for worst toxic waste sites

August 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Skeptics voice concerns over EPA plan for worst toxic waste sites

“The whole thing has so little to do with the core missions, which is protecting citizens and the environment we live in.” said Lois Gibbs, founder of the Virginia-based CHEJ. “It really is like a blueprint for redevelopment and investors, not ‘how do we protect the environment, how how do we make responsible parties pay.’” Gibbs pointed to a section in the report that encourages private investment as an example of this redevelopment blueprint, and said the report does not lay out how companies that were already reticent to get involved with clean-ups would change their minds, particularly with the [...]

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Put the Super back into Superfund

July 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Put the Super back into Superfund

It has been almost 40 years since the nation heard the cries for help from Love Canal, a school and neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York built on a toxic dump filled with 21,000 tons of chemical waste. Children were sick, parents were scared and families lost their homes. I know, because my children, my family and my home were among them. The Love Canal crisis created a public awareness and scientific understanding that the chemicals people are exposed to in their everyday environment can cause serious harm to their health, especially to pregnant women and young children. This understanding [...]

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‘Mother of Superfund’ criticizes Pruitt’s report: corporate interests Trump public health

July 26th, 2017|Comments Off on ‘Mother of Superfund’ criticizes Pruitt’s report: corporate interests Trump public health

Statement from Lois Marie Gibbs: Superfund was created following the Love Canal crisis in Niagara Falls, NY to primarily protect public health. I know because I was a resident and community leader at Love Canal. I found EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Superfund Task Force Report almost entirely void of public health concerns. In fact, the report only mentions health six times with four of those in the Executive Summary. The report sounds like a blueprint to involve for bankers, investors and developers and a plan for corporations to reduce cleanup costs and increase profits at the expense of public health. [...]

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Introducing The People’s Task Force on the Future of Superfund

July 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Introducing The People’s Task Force on the Future of Superfund

Introducing The People’s Task Force on the Future of Superfund Voices from Contaminated Communities Across the Country   The Trump Administration and newly-appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt claim they want to return Superfund cleanups “to their rightful place at the center of the EPA’s core mission.” However their actions speak differently: their proposed budget includes a 30 percent cut in funding to the Superfund. Last month, Pruitt assembled a Task Force to provide recommendations for the future of Superfund. His memo raises major concerns about decreasing cleanup oversight, privileging corporate interests over public health, and a lack of community involvement. We aren’t going [...]

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Sen. Booker: Corporate polluters attack families, ‘steal folks health,’ livelihoods

July 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Sen. Booker: Corporate polluters attack families, ‘steal folks health,’ livelihoods

"… it's corporate villainy where folks are outsourcing the costs and the burdens of their economic enterprise onto others and privatizing all their profits," Booker said at Mount Triumph Baptist Church in the heart of southeast Louisiana's industrial corridor along the Mississippi River. "It is absolutely unacceptable to steal folks' livelihoods, to steal folks' health and, literally, drive down the cost of their land." Read the full story here: http://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/article_995ea5f4-5a8e-11e7-b1ab-476028b29dde.html

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Just Moms Plead For Relocation Away From Superfund Site

June 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Just Moms Plead For Relocation Away From Superfund Site

Dawn Chapman, Just Moms STL,  had listened with surprise and skepticism as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency vowed to clean up West Lake, the nuclear waste dump that has filled her days and nights with worry. Read full article.        

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NAACP Florida Demanding Govenor Scott Deny Permit

June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on NAACP Florida Demanding Govenor Scott Deny Permit

NAACP Florida State Conference Joins the NAACP Jackson County Branch to demand the Scott Administration deny the pending deep injection well permit. “The NAACP Jackson County Branch joins hundreds of citizens, community groups and elected officials in opposing a pending Waste Management permit by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Environmental injustice has a disproportionate impact on low income and rural communities in Florida and around the world.  The ultimate goal for this well is to dispose leachate (garbage juice) into the ground.  This technique will have a negative impact on the Florida Aquifer, thus resulting in irreversible damage to the [...]

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Superfund Task Force Headed by Bank Chairman – Cuts in Budget- Appointing Lawyer Who Represented Polluters to EPA Enforcement

May 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Superfund Task Force Headed by Bank Chairman – Cuts in Budget- Appointing Lawyer Who Represented Polluters to EPA Enforcement

What a nightmare. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt promised to restore Superfund and the EPA’ s land and water cleanup efforts “to their rightful place at the center of the agency’s core mission.”  He made this announcement in April while visiting a site in Indiana where hundreds of families must relocate because it is unsafe to live there. When I heard the announcement, I was excited. Unfortunately, soon afterwards his action spoke louder. Pruitt is not being honest. But judge for yourself. On May 12th Susan Bodine was nominated to be assistant administrator for the EPA’s office of Enforcement and Compliance [...]

Longtime Dunmore Mayor Ousted

May 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Longtime Dunmore Mayor Ousted

Lackawanna, PA - "Borough Councilman Timothy Burke defeated Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney in Tuesday’s Democratic primary by a razor-thin three-vote margin..." One important issue brought to attention during the race was the expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill. Burke opposed the expansion and won the election, ousting the incumbent who had been in office for 24 years. This story highlights the importance of running your own candidate in local elections and how every vote counts. Read more here

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OHIO’s 1st Human Rights Tribunal

May 15th, 2017|Comments Off on OHIO’s 1st Human Rights Tribunal

The first human-rights and environmental-justice hearing ever held in Ohio took place in Athens Saturday. The hearing was part of a tribunal process on impacts of fracking as a human-rights issue. Sixteen presenters from around Ohio testified to a panel of four citizen judges at the First United Methodist Church in Athens, providing more than six hours of testimony. The event is part of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Fracking, which is gathering testimony from around the world to deliver to the Permanent People’s Tribunal and the United Nations. The Athens hearing, one of two planned for Ohio, was initiated [...]

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Open Burning at Military Sites Angers Activists

May 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Open Burning at Military Sites Angers Activists

Soon after Erin Card moved to within two miles of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia two years ago, she began to notice threads of smoke that occasionally rose above the heavily wooded site. She started asking about the source, and eventually was stunned by what she learned: Toxic explosives were being burned in the open air. “It just seems crazy to me,” said Card, 36, who lives with her husband and their three young boys. The open burning and open detonation of hazardous waste explosives is banned in many countries, including Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Likewise, in [...]

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Ohio fines pipeline builder -water, air violations

May 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Ohio fines pipeline builder -water, air violations

Ohio's regulators have issued a $430,000 fine against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan. Energy Transfer is the company building the $4.2 billion pipeline. It will carry gas from West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Energy Transfer also worked on the contentious Dakota Access pipeline. Read more.

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mark! Lopez Fights for East Los Angeles, Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on mark! Lopez Fights for East Los Angeles, Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Born and raised in a family of community activists, mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades. Bordered by the Los Angeles River and crisscrossed by the area’s notoriously congested freeways, LA’s Eastside is home to the densest population of working-class Latino communities in the country. Residents bear the brunt of the region’s pollution, with heavy cargo traffic coming in and out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and industrial plants operating [...]

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Living near radioactive dump, smoldering landfill, some in Missouri town want buyouts.

April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Living near radioactive dump, smoldering landfill, some in Missouri town want buyouts.

Doctors found the first tumors in Christen Commuso’s ovaries in 2012. Before long, more turned up in her gall bladder, thyroid and adrenal glands. Lesions appeared on her liver. While she was undergoing multiple surgeries, her stepdaughter, then 7, was learning that she could no longer climb stairs without stopping to catch her breath. Eventually, she was diagnosed with asthma. Read more.

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Just Moms St. Louis, MO Closer To Buyout

April 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Just Moms St. Louis, MO Closer To Buyout

Missouri senators have passed a buyout program targeting homes near a St. Louis-area Superfund site. Senators voted 30-3 Wednesday to send the measure to the House. It would allow residents to apply for buyouts for homes found uninhabitable due to contamination or within 3 miles of sites with high levels of dissolved radium in groundwater. The measure is aimed at homes near Bridgeton Landfill and adjacent West Lake Landfill, where Cold War-era nuclear waste was buried in the 1970s and adjacent to a burning landfill. Read more.

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Maryland Bans Fracking

March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Maryland Bans Fracking

Senate passes bill with GOP governor's support, following six years of grassroots resistance across the state of Maryland With game-changing support from Republican Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland state Senate Monday night gave final approval to a bill to forever ban the practice of fracking in Maryland. The move culminates years of protests against gas fracking from landowners, health leaders, and environmentalists in the state. It also sets a nationally significant precedent as other states grapple with the dangerous drilling method. Maryland will now become the first state in America with proven gas reserves to ban fracking by legislative action. [...]

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Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

March 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children. As I travel from one polluted community to the next, women weep as they hold their children, and explain how chemicals in their air, water or land have made their families sick. Local leaders describe how their city or town won’t help them, because it’s a company town, and no one will hold the polluter responsible. They go on to say their state agency isn’t much better. Their only recourse is the federal EPA. The [...]

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Maryland’s Doing It – Banning Fracking – You Can Too

March 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Maryland’s Doing It – Banning Fracking – You Can Too

Victory, almost for Maryland No Fracking Marylanders should give Mike Tidwell, all members of CCAN and all of the allies from surrounding states a huge round of applause. Although not yet a done deal since the bill to ban fracking still needs one more round of votes, it's a pretty much over.  This comes on the heels of a protest held earlier this week where 13 activists were arrested on the steps of the State House. Mike Tidwell said yesterday, "Governor Hogan's decision to support a permanent fracking ban in Maryland has created a day of historic importance for the entire nation. Hogan has joined a [...]

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Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful Uprising for Indigenous Rights

March 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Native Nations Rise March: A Powerful Uprising for Indigenous Rights

Indigenous people from around the world gathered to promote sovereignty, resistance, respect, justice and love at the Native Nations Rise March 10th. I was honored to walk along side of Indigenous women, children and men.  The weather was freezing with rain, sleet and snow. The wind howled as if joining the marches with a powerful message of protecting the earth and halting the harms. The march began at the United States Army Corps of Engineers building and then moved past the Trump International Hotel. In front of the Trump Hotel a short demonstration was held to let guests and Trump [...]

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March 10th Standing Rock Protest to White House

March 6th, 2017|Comments Off on March 10th Standing Rock Protest to White House

THIS FRIDAY in WASHINGTON D.C. from 10am-12pm EST as we march to the White House with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous grassroots leaders. #NativeNationsRise will highlight the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment, and future generations. Check out the facebook event (Native Nations Rise: Rise With Standing Rock) & http://nativenationsrise.org/ for more info.

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State Finally Makes Progress on East Chicago, IN

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on State Finally Makes Progress on East Chicago, IN

Residents living in more than 1,000 private properties in the middle and eastern parts of the Calumet neighborhood will not be moving as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency excavates contaminated soil from around their homes. While of the 332 families living at the complex when the city issued a relocation order, 106 remained. They are facing a March 31 deadline to move. State officials have completed some of the tasks required as part of an emergency declaration for East Chicago’s USS Lead Superfund site in the more than two weeks since it was signed into effect by Indiana Gov. Eric [...]

  • Protestors from Longmont, Colorado featured in a New York Times article speak out against fracking in their towns.

PA Confirms States First Fracking Earthquake

February 19th, 2017|Comments Off on PA Confirms States First Fracking Earthquake

Pennsylvania officials say they’ve confirmed the state’s first fracking-related earthquakes took place last year in Lawrence County, northwest of Pittsburgh. As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is stepping up its requirements for drilling in that part of the state, which is known for seismic activity. Read more.

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Victory for Families Relocating In East Chicago, IN

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Victory for Families Relocating In East Chicago, IN

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order declaring a disaster emergency for East Chicago's USS Lead Superfund site. The declaration provides for 30 days of enhanced state assistance for the estimated 100 residents who have yet to relocate from the lead contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex, as well as other lead-impacted citizens in the affected area. Governor Holcomb did what Pence refused to do last year. Residents and community groups heavily criticized Pence last year for not meeting personally with those affected by the lead and arsenic contamination. Read more.  

  • Protestors from Longmont, Colorado featured in a New York Times article speak out against fracking in their towns.

Major Climate March in DC – April 29th

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Major Climate March in DC – April 29th

“People’s Climate March” in D.C., AND across the country on April 29.  JOIN CHEJ and Allies. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which brought more than 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and many more to cities around the world. The march comes in response to widespread outrage against President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda — including his executive orders advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines — as well as his attacks on healthcare, immigrants, and programs and policies that improve the lives of all Americans. The event will cap [...]

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Fracking Linked to 9,442 Official Complaints in Rural Pennsylvania

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Fracking Linked to 9,442 Official Complaints in Rural Pennsylvania

Between 2013–2016, Public Herald conducted 50 file reviews at DEP's offices and tracked down 6,819 complaint cases files. On December 30, 2016, DEP gave Public Herald an updated spreadsheet showing that 9,442 complaints have been filed between 2004–2016 and thousands of these center around water contamination complaints. Steve Horn reported in DESMOG. Read more.

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Love Canal Waste Buried Nearby – No Action To Cleanup

January 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Love Canal Waste Buried Nearby – No Action To Cleanup

The landfill, which operated from 1964 to 1968, was the subject of constant neighborhood complaints of odors, unsafe conditions and the lack of a fence, according to Niagara County Health Department records. County health officials allowed the state in 1968 to bury some 80 truck loads of Love Canal waste dug up during the construction of the LaSalle Expressway in Niagara Falls. Today there is no signs, no fence, no warnings as innocent children ride their dirt bikes, play and fish along this area. Read more.

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What Does Standing Rock and Love Canal Struggles Have In Common?

January 7th, 2017|Comments Off on What Does Standing Rock and Love Canal Struggles Have In Common?

Real democracy in action.  Both situations did not have the law on their side, regulations or much of anything. Yet both of those fights had real victories. There are real lessons that can be learned from these two high profile situations. Lessons that are important as we as a country enter the Trump era. Although there was science and legal work in both situations that was done to build a case to stop the madness that was not the magic answer.  It was people. Hundreds of people and at time thousands of people who stood up, took risks, spoke out in a united voice [...]

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Federal Court Tells EPA Review Rules on Fracking Wastes

January 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Federal Court Tells EPA Review Rules on Fracking Wastes

A federal court case brought by CHEJ and allies rules in our favor. The Judge directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and possibly update its regulations on oil and gas waste, in a decision that was welcomed by environmental groups who had sued the agency, claiming its rules have failed to keep pace with the fracking boom. This is a good start to the New Year. Let's keep winning.

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Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

December 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

Corpus Christi, Texas, residents warned to avoid tap water. Residents of Corpus Christi, Texas were told to not to drink or bathe in the tap water because of a chemical contamination. About 300,000 people in Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico coast were impacted by this crisis. Residents were told that nothing including boiling, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe. The contaminants have not yet been named, but are petroleum-based from an asphalt plant. The contamination was the result of a faulty valve in the city’s industrial area, [...]

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Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) – The New Lead

December 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) – The New Lead

by Stephen Lester Will our water ever be safe? A new group of chemicals is showing up in drinking water across the country; in Portsmouth, NH, Hoosick Falls, NY, Scottsdale, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO, Decatur, AL, Bucks County, PA and Cape Cod, MA to name a few places. These chemicals are called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs.   PFCs are common in many consumer products including teflon pans, fabric protectors, pizza boxes and ski wax, and are used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture. They first generated headlines in the 1990s when a DuPont plant that made teflon and related [...]

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Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) – The New Lead

December 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) – The New Lead

by Stephen Lester Will our water ever be safe? A new group of chemicals is showing up in drinking water across the country; in Portsmouth, NH, Hoosick Falls, NY, Scottsdale, AZ, Colorado Springs, CO, Decatur, AL, Bucks County, PA and Cape Cod, MA to name a few places. These chemicals are called perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs.   PFCs are common in many consumer products including teflon pans, fabric protectors, pizza boxes and ski wax, and are used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture. They first generated headlines in the 1990s when a DuPont plant that made teflon and related [...]

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Chemicals Reduce Childrens IQs

November 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Chemicals Reduce Childrens IQs

If you are interested in how many small amounts of chemicals can directly impact children's IQ you need to spend a few minutes watching this video. CHEJ's members have been frustrated by the regulatory agencies and their lack of willingness to address multiple chemical exposures. Most recently the Just Moms group in St. Louis, MO were told that a leader's family has levels of radiation in their kitchen 200 times above background. How in the world do  you make Thanksgiving dinner in a kitchen full of radiation? Moreover, how can you have a family dinner when no one wants to come [...]

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Samsung Refuses Workers Pleas For Help

November 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Samsung Refuses Workers Pleas For Help

Standing together in solidarity with injured workers from Samsung. It took Samsung 14 days to apologize to consumers for phones that caught fire and today, over seven years after young men and women died and/or injured working in the plant Samsung remains silent. Too many young men and women were made sick in the plant. They are asking you to stand with them and don't purchase their products until Samsung addresses the workers injuries. Hye-kyung Han is in the wheelchair of photo. She cleaned circuit boards with no ventilation resulting in a brain tumor. Many of her co-workers died before [...]

  • Alonzo Spencer, president of Save Our County, speaks during a demonstration at City Hall decrying a hazardous waste incinerator run by Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The EPA recently detailed serious and repeated pollution violations. Citizens have fought the presence and operation of the incinerator for decades. (Dispatch Photo by Barbara J. Perenic)

Grassroots Green Hero: Save Our County’s Alonzo Spencer!

September 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Grassroots Green Hero: Save Our County’s Alonzo Spencer!

Alonzo Spencer, president of Save Our County, speaks during a demonstration at City Hall decrying a hazardous waste incinerator run by Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The EPA had recently detailed serious and repeated pollution violations. Citizens have fought the presence and operation of the incinerator for decades. (Dispatch Photo by Barbara J. Perenic) Alonzo, you’re on the board for CHEJ. How did that happen? What’s your connection to CHEJ? I’ve been on the board of CHEJ for over 25 years. I met Lois before she formed CHEJ. She’d come [to East [...]

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Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

September 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Let’s Stand with Standing Rock

Photo Credits: Alex Cohen of Soul Much Water. The time for action is always now! In case you haven't heard, here's a brief rundown of what's happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline. This movement is often referred to as the NoDAPL (No Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers, although responsible for issuing the permits allowing the pipeline construction, failed to coordinate meetings to obtain explicit permission for the DAPL from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who have sacred ties to the affected area. In response to the pipeline, there are thousands of people camping outside of [...]

  • Remediation work being done near abandoned houses in the Love Canal neighborhood in the late 1970s. (Photo: NY Department of Health Love Canal collection at SUNY Buffalo)

RIT professor’s new book revisits Love Canal

August 25th, 2016|Comments Off on RIT professor’s new book revisits Love Canal

James Goodman, Democrat & Chronicle. Professor Richard Newman chronicles the history of health & environmental activism of Lois Gibbs during her time in Love Canal. This is the foundation of the movement behind the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice. Remediation work being done near abandoned houses in the Love Canal neighborhood in the late 1970s. (Photo: NY Department of Health Love Canal collection at SUNY Buffalo) A chain-link fence around 70 acres of land in the southern part of Niagara Falls is the most readily apparent sign that this was ground zero for the Love Canal environmental disaster. [...]

  • Just Moms Co-Founder Karen Nickel happily maintains control of the microphone while Sam Page, democrat running to maintain his seat for County Councilmen of District 2 responds to questions about West Lake.

We hosted a Candidate Forum in St. Louis that empowered constituents and held politicians accountable this election season.

August 24th, 2016|Comments Off on We hosted a Candidate Forum in St. Louis that empowered constituents and held politicians accountable this election season.

Just Moms Co-Founder Karen Nickel happily maintains control of the microphone while Sam Page, democrat running to maintain his seat for County Councilmen of District 2 responds to questions about West Lake. This past Thursday, August 18th, members of the St. Louis community came together to hold their candidates running for public office accountable for working towards a safe and permanent solution for the West Lake Landfill. I am one of the St. Louis team members of CHEJ. We have worked tirelessly all summer to help the grassroots organization Just Moms STL organize powerful, community-driven actions in order [...]

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Grassroots Green Hero: Susie Quinn

August 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Grassroots Green Hero: Susie Quinn

We have not lost, until we quit. Susie Quinn from Torch Can Do, at a group rally last November. The group assembled in summer 2015 to respond to an injection well and frack-waste-handling operation in Torch, Ohio. In the first three quarters of 2015, injection wells in Torch and surrounding Athens County took more fracking wastewater than wells in any other county in Ohio, nearly 3.2 million barrels of fracking waste, according to the Columbus Dispatch.   Interview by Erin Allegro Q: When did you first notice that the community’s homes, water and air were at risk due to toxics [...]

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People living near coal ash ponds, including the one at Belews Creek, have received mixed messages about whether their well water is safe to drink. A do-not-drink advisory issued in spring 2015 was reversed in March 2016 by state health officials who said the water was fine to drink.

Testimony: McCrory called toxicologist Ken Rudo to his office to discuss do-not-drink letters for well owners near coal ash pits

August 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Testimony: McCrory called toxicologist Ken Rudo to his office to discuss do-not-drink letters for well owners near coal ash pits

By Bertrand M. Gutiérrez of the Winston-Salem Journal. One of CHEJ's strong network relatinoships, the Blue Ridge Envrionmental Defense League, helped pushed for more public transparency in a case regarding the safety of drinking water near a coal ash pit in North Carolina.  Gov. Pat McCrory summoned state toxicologist Ken Rudo to his office in early 2015 for a meeting during which a McCrory staff member challenged the advisory Rudo had helped draft telling well owners near coal ash pits owned by Duke Energy not to drink their water, according to recent testimony given in a deposition by Rudo. The do-not-drink [...]

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SUPERFUND: A Philadelphia suburb’s asbestos nightmare

August 15th, 2016|Comments Off on SUPERFUND: A Philadelphia suburb’s asbestos nightmare

By George Cahlink, an E&E reporter, of E&E Publishing LLC. Here's a look at the history, successes, and ultimate failure to clean up and maintain one Superfund site, located in Ambler, PA. Because of Ambler's history of being the asbestos capital of the world, the recent passage of the Toxic Substance Control Act raises some hopes that this long battle for clean up may be over soon. AMBLER, Pa. -- U.S. EPA's Greg Voigt opens a chain-link gate, pushes aside waist-high weeds and scrambles to the highest point in this Philadelphia suburb: a 100-foot pile of industrial waste. "Check out the million-dollar view," [...]

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Funds, cleanups fewer

July 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Funds, cleanups fewer

By Brendan Lyons of the Times Union. The usefulness of the EPA in cleaning up Superfund sites, a creation which often gets credited to Lois Gibbs and is a label for toxic waste removal as a government and corporate responsibility, is severely unfunded. Here's a look at some of those repercussions.  The 2002 chemical release would haunt the tiny village near Rochester for years. The accidental discharge at the Diaz Chemical plant showered contaminants on the residential neighborhood surrounding the facility, blanketing homes and playgrounds with potentially toxic substances. A few months later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which would declare the [...]

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In Bridgeton, Missouri residents find it hard to breathe

June 16th, 2016|Comments Off on In Bridgeton, Missouri residents find it hard to breathe

Josh Peterson, MSR News Online. Members of the community that rally behind the movement of moms, aptly called JustMomsSTL, a group that CHEJ works very closely with, feel prisoners of their own homes. This is because some of them live within a half mile radius away from toxic waste. Their has been an ongoing investigation for a resolution involving the EPA and community representatives. Here's a bit about how they feel it's gone so far.  Residents of this community near Ferguson — site of 2014’s police-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown — have complained for years about lung troubles [...]

  • In this April 23, 2010 photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it’s enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,”using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals that some fear threaten to pollute water above and below ground, deplete aquifers and perhaps endanger human health and the environment.

St. Cyprian’s Church in Perry hosts anti-fracking event

June 8th, 2016|Comments Off on St. Cyprian’s Church in Perry hosts anti-fracking event

Tawana Roberts, The News Herald. One event in Perry, Ohio hosted on the National Day of Action, highlights catholic involvement in the anti-fracking movement.  Pope Francis spreads a universal message that everyone should be good stewards of the planet, and that was at the forefront of discussion for a National Day of Action event. The event was held at St. Cyprian’s Church in Perry on June 7 and was coordinated by Buckeye Forest Council, The Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future, Frackfree America National Coalition, Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection [...]

  • Protestors from Longmont, Colorado featured in a New York Times article speak out against fracking in their towns.

Activists target fracking waste on Tuesday’s action day

June 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Activists target fracking waste on Tuesday’s action day

Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal. In Ohio, environmental agencies including CHEJ are organizing educational events in order to inspire a change in the fracking industry. These events will be held on the National Day of Action on Tuesday, June 7th. From a Thursday press release: Groups Call for a Halt to Toxic Fracking Waste and Man-made Earthquakes in a National Day of Action to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Ohio, June 2, 2016 – Even though unconventional fracking currently appears to be experiencing a shale bust, the toxic fracking waste problem is still here and getting worse as [...]

Legal News Line Environmental coalition sues EPA over wastewater guidelines

May 31st, 2016|Comments Off on Legal News Line Environmental coalition sues EPA over wastewater guidelines

Sean Fowler, Legal News Line. A number of environmental groups, including CHEJ, discussed their concerns and the purpose for the lawsuit against the EPA.  WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia, seeking to force it to revise and publish new guidelines for the handling of oil and gas waste, in particular wastewater associated with the oil mining method known as fracking. One industry attorney called the suit an unnecessary effort to hamper energy production methods with which the groups [...]

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The 2015 volume of liquid drilling wastes going into Ohio’s injection wells keeps growing

May 27th, 2016|Comments Off on The 2015 volume of liquid drilling wastes going into Ohio’s injection wells keeps growing

Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal. Teresa Mills, one of CHEJ's own, provided vital data for recording the amount and impact of liquid drilling wastes being injected underground in Ohio.   Ohio is continuing to rewrite the record book for liquid drilling wastes being injected into underground rock formations: The 2015 injection total keeps ­growing. That’s because additional fees are being paid in 2016 by waste haulers to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management. That 2015 volume was reported as 28.8 million 42-gallon barrels in March. Now it is up to 31.4 million barrels, [...]

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Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes

May 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Environmental groups sue EPA, seek stricter rules over fracking waste linked to earthquakes

Brady Dennis, Washington Post. A coalition of environmental advocacy groups, including CHEJ, sued the EPA for stricter fracking waste rules.  A collection of environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate the disposal of waste generated by oil and gas drilling. In particular, the lawsuit seeks to force the agency to impose stricter rules on the disposal of wastewater, including that from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The wastewater is typically pumped into underground wells — a practice that has been linked to a growing number of earthquakes inOklahoma, Colorado, Ohio and other [...]

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Clean water crisis threatens US

April 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Clean water crisis threatens US

The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it. The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism.The problem is being felt most acutely in the West, where drought conditions and increased water use have helped turn lush agricultural areas [...]

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A year of fear and distrust in Dukeville

April 18th, 2016|Comments Off on A year of fear and distrust in Dukeville

DUKEVILLE, North Carolina — Deborah Graham’s life changed on April 18, 2015, with the arrival of a letter. Graham was in the kitchen, pouring a cup of coffee. Her husband, Marcelle, opened a large certified envelope just dropped off by the mail carrier. “The North Carolina Division of Public Health recommends that your well water not be used for drinking and cooking,” the letter said. “What did you just say?” Graham asked, incredulous. “The water’s contaminated,” her husband replied. Graham’s eyes flew to her kitchen faucet. She thought about the coffee she’d just swallowed. The food she’d cooked and sent [...]

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How Pope Francis helped awaken a deep religious tradition for care for the environment

April 8th, 2016|Comments Off on How Pope Francis helped awaken a deep religious tradition for care for the environment

Mark Stoll, Washington Post. Stoll recently wrote a column about the Pope's support for environmental issues and the Catholic tradition for environmental justice, citing CHEJ's founder Lois Gibbs as "the first Catholic to become nationally known for environmental activism." Just about every person who led and shaped the American conservation and early environmental movements grew up Protestant. What irony, then, that the one person who has done more to get people talking about the environment than anyone in decades is the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. Every pope since Paul VI has addressed environmental issues, but Francis’s [...]

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Environmental advocate: Keystone landfill expansion debate is nationally important

March 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Kyle Wind, Scranton Times-Tribune.  Friends of Lackawanna hold an panel discussion on the expansion of Keystone Sanitary Landfill with the help of CHEJ. Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s expansion proposal has national importance because its approval could affect how the Eastern Seaboard disposes of garbage in the coming decades, an environmental activist said Monday. “I think this is a really important fight at a national level because we have to stop this foolish burying of waste and thinking somehow it has just gone somewhere else,” Lois Gibbs told 400-plus people at a Friends of Lackawanna forum on Pennsylvania’s trash disposal policy. Ms. Gibbs [...]

Attorney Pat Clark, Friends of Lackawanna, and Corbett event on March 21, 2016

March 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Attorney Pat Clark, Friends of Lackawanna, talks to Corbett about an event on March 21, 2016 titled "Let's Talk Trash" at the Radisson in Scranton To watch the video, click here.

Planning board meeting turns personal

March 20th, 2016|0 Comments

(Adam Orr|Jefferson Post) Lou Zeller, left, speaks with members of the Ashe County Planning Board on Thursday, JEFFERSON-An Ashe County Planning Board meeting turned testy at times last week as board members sparred with a local environmental activist and some made plain their views on Ashe County’s Board of Commissioners. “I may no longer be on the planning board after this but I am appalled at our commissioners that would listen to the complaints of a few and take away from the many, listen to their friends and ‘not in my backyard…and tell the world that if we [...]

‘Humans of Frome’: Dawn Chapman

March 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Dawn & Dillon Chapman, photographed by Ciara Nolan “For this issue I have invented the first Humans of Frome Award – Mother of the Year and this year the award goes to Dawn Chapman,” says Ciara. “Dawn is a busy production manager at a local engineering company, a job which she loves and finds professionally fulfilling, she is also the kind of mother who is an inspiration to us all.” ‘My mother said to me, If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope. Instead, I was [...]

Panel to hear arguments about change in Vogtle plan

March 6th, 2016|0 Comments

A three-judge panel will hear arguments this month on a petition regarding a change in thickness in concrete containment walls for Plant Vogtle’s two new nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commis­sion’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, which hears legal challenges to the commission’s actions, will convene March 15 at Augusta’s Fede­ral Justice Center. Expected to present arguments are the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff, NRC staffers and Southern Nu­clear, a Southern Co. subsidiary. Vogtle is 45.7 percent owned by Geor­­gia Power, another Southern Co. entity, and the new reactors are expected to be operational by [...]

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An underground fire is burning near a nuclear waste dump, and officials say EPA has been too slow to react

February 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Washington Post, Darryl Fears. Members of CHEJ network group Just Moms STL explain the health effects of living near West Lake Landfill and the slow movement of the EPA to stop the underground fire or provide relocation for the families. Just Moms STL visits Capitol Hill to push their bill on relocation to congress.   Trevor Beckermann, 6, who has the autoimmune disease alopecia areata, plays the board game Life with his mother Meagan Beckermann, 34, at home in Bridgeton, Mo. His condition results in extreme hair loss. The family lives about a mile from two massive landfills, one [...]

The Other Fires of Ferguson: The “Flint” of St. Louis

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Next door to Ferguson, the town of Bridgton, Missouri is about to become another symbol of a system that fails the most vulnerable citizens who fall through the cracks of economic and racial disparities. While the political fight for justice for people of color still rages in our local municipalities, the ravages of toxic waste on the health of those too poor to relocate or have a place at the power tables is costing more precious lives The thousands of tons of radioactive waste in the Westlake landfill are contaminating the air, the groundwater and the trees of the area. [...]

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Bridgeton moms group to picket, demand meeting with EPA over radioactive West Lake Landfill

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Co-founder of Just Moms STL Karen Nickel (at podium) said her group has the support of Missouri's U.S. Senate representatives in their efforts to meet with the EPA. An activist group of St. Louis area moms concerned about underground smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill plans to picket outside the Environmental Protection Agency's Washington, D.C. offices on Wednesday. Members of Just Moms STL went to the nation's capital this week in another attempt to get a meeting with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The group said it hoped to discuss the proximity of the subsurface fire to the nearby radioactive West [...]

West Lake Landfill activists join forces with Flint water protestors to pressure EPA

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Activists working with CHEJ around the West Lake Landfill controversy in St. Louis and in Flint, Mich., have joined forces to put pressure on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to respond more forcefully to both environmental crises. An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers a joint press conference between Flint activists and JUST MOMS stl, a group organized to force the EPA to reduce the threat of radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill. At the press conference, about a dozen representatives said they will picket EPA headquarters because of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy’s unwillingness to [...]

West Lake Landfill activists join forces with Flint water protestors to pressure EPA

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

West Lake Landfill activists join forces with Flint water protestors to pressure EPA By Chuck Raasch at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Feb 9, 2016 In this Feb. 9, 2016 photo, JUST MOMS co-creator Karen Nickel criticizes what she says was inaction of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, pictured over her left shoulder, in the West Lake/Bridgeton landfill fire and nuclear waste controversy. The group joined with activists from the Flint, Mich., water crisis, for a press conference at the National Press Club. Chuck Raasch, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON • Activists around the West Lake Landfill controversy have joined [...]

EPA May Lose Authority Over St. Louis-Area Landfill With Radioactive Waste

February 6th, 2016|0 Comments

By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER Feb. 6, 2016 5:30 a.m. ET Missouri’s U.S. senators and some of its House members are pushing to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of remediation authority over a landfill near St. Louis that contains radioactive waste, and instead give it to the Army Corps of Engineers.   To read the full article, click here.

St. Louis Moms Call On Obama For Help

August 30th, 2015|Comments Off on St. Louis Moms Call On Obama For Help

Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill.  “We believe that it would be within the power of the president to issue an executive order to clean up the bureaucratic administrative mess at West Lake Landfill, put one government agency in charge, said Ed Smith.”  Matt LaVanchy, a local fire department official, told radio station KTRS that he believes the fire could be less than 1,000 feet from the radioactive material, and is trying to train firefighters for possible outcomes. CHEJ has been working with this community for years and agrees that it is time Obama steps in and commands action. [...]

700 People Told EPA “Dig it Up -Take It Out”

August 28th, 2015|Comments Off on 700 People Told EPA “Dig it Up -Take It Out”

YES! The people of Clark County, Ohio showed up last night in force.... Their Health District attendance counters stopped at 650, with more people coming in the door. US EPA's Joan Tanaka said in all her 20 years' work on Superfund sites, she had never seen such a huge crowd. EPA's purpose in coming to Clark County was to tell residents what information they wanted us to know.... They listened politely to too many power point slides that were unreadable, too many reassurances that were not believable, and too much talking that glossed over or avoided the real questions. Their [...]

Helping can hurt: Complications and consequences of remediation strategies

July 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Helping can hurt: Complications and consequences of remediation strategies

Environmental remediation often involves a) moving large amounts of contaminated material from one place to another, b) treating the polluted material with chemical compounds, or c) both. The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council says it best in their guideline document on managing risks during remediation: “Investigation and remediation activities have their own set of risks, apart from the risks associated with chemical contamination." These risks range from spending time and resources on an ineffective remedy, to the chance of causing adverse ecosystem and health impacts through the cleanup process. I recently read a report from a site where engineers [...]

St. Louis burning: Atomic Legacy Haunts City

April 30th, 2015|Comments Off on St. Louis burning: Atomic Legacy Haunts City

by Ryan Schuessler @RyanSchuessler1 April 29, 2015 5:00AM ET Karen Nickel had never even heard of lupus before she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease six years ago. Today she says she takes as many as 18 pills a day — “and that’s just to make me feel OK.” Read part one of three part series.

Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs joins R.I. effort to keep law on school siting strong

May 26th, 2013|0 Comments

PROVIDENCE — In 1978, Lois Gibbs took on the powers-that-be when she learned that her son’s school and Love Canal neighborhood in New York were built on a toxic waste dump. Her battle led to the evacuation of hundreds of houses, sparked a massive environmental cleanup, and inspired a made-for-TV movie and the creation of the federal Superfund program. On Wednesday, 35 years later, Gibbs climbed the steps of the State House to congratulate Rhode Island for enacting what she called the nation’s strongest law against building schools on contaminated sites. She has taken the 2012 bill to Michigan, Massachusetts [...]

Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites

May 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Environmental advocates gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to protest legislation that would roll back restrictions that prevent schools from building on toxic sites. The woman who helped lobby for the federal superfund program, Lois Gibbs, spoke to a small group of demonstrators on the capitol steps. Gibbs brought attention to the Love Canal toxic site in Upstate New York back in the 70s. She is lending her star power to fight legislation that would allow schools to be built on sites where toxic vapors could be present. She said the bill would gut a new state law that serves as [...]