Portsmouth’s Haven well to supply water again, 7 years after PFAS contamination found

PORTSMOUTH – City officials have announced plans to bring the Haven well back online this week, seven years after it was shut down because of the presence of toxic PFAS chemicals in the water. The city received permission from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services “for the reactivation of the Haven well,” after the upgraded Pease [...]

Hazy Skies and Corporate Ties: We Must Put People Over Profits

By: Leija Helling, Community Organizing Intern On Monday afternoon between Zoom meetings, I set out for a walk around my Boston neighborhood and opened the front door to a hazy sky. The air felt thick and smelled like a backyard barbecue. I stood in confusion for a moment, and then in disbelief: wildfire smoke. News [...]

Why the air quality in Philly might be worse than we know

A recent report by the American Lung Association ranked the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden metro area among the top 25 most polluted in the United States in terms of two of the most common, and dangerous, ambient air pollutants measured nationally. But experts say the ranking doesn’t tell the whole story of how air quality affects those in [...]

Communication for the Community

By: Judith Eppele, Community Organizing Intern Growing up in a household with divorced parents, I quickly realized how important communication was for creating and sustaining strong relationships. This notion is the backbone of CHEJ, of which I’ve experienced firsthand through my time as an intern. Since I’m a community organizing intern specifically, I’ve found that [...]

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa.—In the spring of 2019, after years worrying about exposures from a fracking well about a half mile from her grandkids' school, Jane Worthington decided to move them to another school district. Her granddaughter Lexy* had been sick on and off for years with mysterious symptoms, and Jane believed air pollution from the [...]

Justice Through GIS

By: Benjamin Silver, Science and Technology Intern I never imagined that a five-gigabyte software on my laptop could contain an approach to fighting environmental injustice. The keys lie somewhere between map frames and advanced geostatistical interpolations. Before interning at CHEJ, I had an incomplete understanding of environmental justice. I pictured the field solely as activists [...]

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

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