A 30-Year “Cleanup” Without A Solution

Cancer-Causing Waste Along The Texas Eastern Pipeline in Pennsylvania Still Exists By: Sharon Franklin, Chief of Operations Jim Ryan of the Perry County Times recently reported that it has been over 30 years since the public first learned that the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation in Pennsylvania buried industrial fluids containing the carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) along the [...]

Tensions erupt between environmental justice leaders and White House

Members of the environmental justice movement sent an email blast more than 5,600 times over a 48-hour period to top Biden administration officials, disrupting White House communication and sparking a tense exchange between the administration’s chief environmental outreach official and one of the key leaders of the movement. The form-letter blast effectively shut down email [...]

Albany women say coal-plant is part of cancer-causing racism

A group of Albany women has been fighting for nearly a dozen years to bring to light what they've long suspected, that they are the victims of environmental racism. They say cancer is showing up in their families, and it all points to one facility that still stands today. "My mom had cancer. My father had [...]

Memphis pipeline canceled after environmental justice feud

Pipeline opponents; environmental groups; and Memphis, Tenn., activists celebrated over the holiday weekend after the developers of the Byhalia Connection crude oil pipeline abruptly dropped the project. Plains All American Pipeline LP officials made the announcement late Friday, citing market factors for the cancellation. But serious legal and political obstacles loomed over the 50-mile project, [...]

Solving pollution from solvents requires solvent Superfund | Editorial

Shhh! Don’t tell the Republicans, but there’s a tax increase in the bipartisan federal infrastructure legislation that some in their party have endorsed. The “deal” reinstates the tax, or fee, that feedstock chemical producers used to pay that ensure that “orphaned” Superfund contaminated sites will be cleaned up. The GOPers who signed off on the package must be OK [...]

Persisting In the Face of Division: Living Room Leadership with Lee Ann Smith

By: Anabelle Farnham, Communications Intern Lee Ann Smith’s son was only 11 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. In fact, finding the cancer in the first place had been almost a mistake: Gabe had gone to get an MRI so that the doctors could check for scoliosis. When the scans [...]

Brunswick Residents Living Next To A Superfund Site Worry About Cleanup 40 Years Later

Jasmin Buggs reeled in her line and looked with dismay at the bare metal hook. The shrimp bait was gone — again. Likely it was yanked off by a stealthy stingray or nabbed by a passing whiting. Buggs and her boyfriend regularly fish in Mackay River off the edge of an old bridge that once [...]

Kick the Fracking Industry Out of Indian Country

On Sunday, The Guardian published a comprehensive report on the environmental, health, and legal issues raised by fracking in the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation. In particular, the outlet highlighted instances in which fracking wells owned by Denver-based gas and oil company Enduring Resources had either exploded or malfunctioned, contaminating nearby water sources. In one case from 2019, [...]

Trump administration pollution rule strikes final blow against environment

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed one of its last major rollbacks under the Trump administration, changing how it considers evidence of harm from pollutants in a way that opponents say could cripple future public-health regulation. The EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, formally announced the completion of what he calls the “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” [...]