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Environmental group: U.S. military sites are contaminating Chesapeake Bay with ‘forever chemicals’

ANNAPOLIS — At least nine U.S. military sites along the Chesapeake Bay are leaking contaminated fluids known as “forever chemicals” into the estuary, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group published on Aug. 11.
The Washington-based environmental organization released the study after gaining access to Department of Defense records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The records found high levels of contamination in the Bay from toxic, man-made chemicals known as Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which do not break down in the environment, posing serious health risks that can cause cancer.
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Demonstrators march for local hiring, environmental justice in I-81 project

On Saturday, about 150 Syracuse community members demanding economic, racial and environmental justice for the impacts of the Interstate 81 viaduct marched from Dr. King Elementary School to the New York state office building in downtown Syracuse.
“No justice, no peace,” the demonstrators chanted. “I-81 has got to go.”
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