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EPA Releases Updated 2020 TRI Data

Today, EPA has made available updated 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data about chemical releases, chemical waste management, and pollution prevention activities that took place during 2020 at more than 21,000 federal and industrial facilities throughout the United States and its territories. This dataset builds on the preliminary data released in July. It includes revised and late [...]

How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — One humid day this summer, Brian Long, a senior executive at the chemical company Chemours, took a reporter on a tour of the Fayetteville Works factory. Mr. Long showed off the plant’s new antipollution technologies, designed to stop a chemical called GenX from pouring into the Cape Fear River, escaping into the [...]

Get ready for a resurrection of the Superfund tax

The Superfund is on its way back. Originally enacted in 1980 as the Hazardous Waste Contamination Act, the Superfund was an excise tax assessed against the chemical, oil and gas industries, according to John Beaty, general manager over excise tax at Avalara. “It hit anyone who used items from a certain list of chemicals that [...]

It’s Children’s Environmental Health Day!

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How We Do Science Can Make or Break Lives

By Anabelle Farnham, Communications Intern October 13, 2021 Ever since I can remember, I enjoyed science in school because it helped me to explain the world with concrete answers. It was a way of illuminating universal truths, and providing objective views of the world….right?  Though I have abandoned all hope of becoming a STEM major, [...]

Eastern Baltimore County may get its third Superfund site.

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering adding a portion of Bear Creek in Eastern Baltimore County to its list of Superfund cleanup sites. It’s tied to the years-long cleanup of the old Bethlehem Steel site at Sparrows Point. The state is spearheading the cleanup of the property while the federal government is charged with cleaning [...]

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 [...]

Season 2 Kickoff w/ Max Conway

Welcome back for Season 2 where you'll meet unique candidates on the ballot this November with important messages for statewide candidates next year.  Max Conway from Dunmore, Lackawanna, County, has only been eligible to vote for about a decade. Yet, he is poised to be Mayor in January. He discusses his impressive grassroots social media-driven [...]

Pollution charges: Louisiana Firestone plant to pay $4M

NEW ORLEANS — A major manufacturer of synthetic rubber, Firestone Polymers LLC, has agreed to pay $4 million in fines and an environmental project and make numerous improvements to settle a long list of state and federal air pollution complaints at its plant in southwest Louisiana. The plant in Sulphur was “Louisiana’s highest emitter of three [...]

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