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September 22, 2020

Oil spill near Marinette firefighting foam facility pauses PFAS filtration

Source: ://, September 21, 2020 By: Laura Schulte Oil found in a ditch near a Marinette facility known for mixing firefighting foam forced the company to temporarily shut down a PFAS filtration system last week. Tyco Fire Products, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls, notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of a sheen on top […]

September 22, 2020

Wisconsin Public Service ordered to clean up toxic chemicals at former gas plant in Marinette

Source:, September 22, 2020 By: Laura Schulte The Wisconsin Public Service Corp. will now be responsible for cleaning up chemical contamination in Marinette after a settlement with the state and federal governments. WPS will be responsible for cleaning up historic contamination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, at a former manufactured gas plant, according […]

September 21, 2020

Legionella bacteria found in Quaker Ridge, middle school water supplies

Source:, September 17, 2020 By: Todd Sliss and Valerie Abrahams On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community to the presence of “low-to-moderate levels” of Legionella bacteria in the water supplies at Quaker Ridge Elementary School and Scarsdale Middle School. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Hagerman reported the district’s other […]

September 17, 2020

PCB contamination sidelines Burlington High School in-person learning for semester

Source:, September 17, 2020 Burlington school officials say all high school students will do remote learning for the rest of the semester because of PCB contamination in the building. Superintendent Tom Flanagan announced Wednesday evening that the campus will remain closed for at least the rest of this semester while they work to address […]

September 17, 2020

What Is the No. 1 Emerging Litigation Risk? ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Says Praedicat

Source:, September 17, 2020 By: L.S. Howard The top emerging litigation risk identified for the year ahead is PFAS, the so-called “forever chemicals” used in a wide variety of products such as Teflon, Scotchgard, food containers, firefighting foam and ski wax, said the co-founders of Praedicat, the Los Angeles-based liability risk analytics company. The […]

September 17, 2020

PFAS Lawsuit In New Jersey Provides Sweeping Allegations

Source:, September 16, 2020 On September 11, 2020, the Borough of Hopatcong, New Jersey sued 3M Company for contaminating the municipality’s drinking water with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which fall within a class of over 7,000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are manmade chemicals used in numerous consumer products due […]

September 16, 2020

UPDATE: Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Likely Contaminate More Than 700 Military Sites

Source:, September 16, 2020 More than 700 Department of Defense sites are likely to be contaminated with the fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, according to new data released this week by the Pentagon. The Defense Department identified 34 new installations where PFAS chemicals are suspected, bringing the total number of installations where PFAS has been […]

September 16, 2020

Toxic chemicals at Salem County site sharply exceeded NJ safety limits

Source:, September 16, 2020 By: Jon Hurdle Newly released data on contamination at the Chambers Works site in Salem County shows that groundwater contained three PFAS chemicals at levels that sharply exceeded the health limits recently set by New Jersey regulators. The data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was based on samples taken […]

September 14, 2020

South Pasadena sues Dow Chemical, Shell Oil after cancer-causing contaminant found in water supply

Source:, September 11, 2020 By: Scott Schwebke The city of South Pasadena is suing The Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co., alleging that for more than four decades both firms  willfully manufactured a pesticide containing a cancer-causing chemical that has contaminated the municipality’s drinking water supply. The 25-page complaint, filed last month in […]

September 14, 2020

Alabama city sues 3M over chemical pollution in drinking water

Source:, September 14, 2020 The city of Guin is suing 3M over chemical pollution discovered in the city’s drinking water source this summer, according to a lawsuit that was recently filed. The suit was filed Wednesday in the circuit court of Marion County, which alleges that PFAS chemicals from 3M’s Guin facility had leached […]

September 14, 2020

Partial parking deck collapse in Atlanta injures 5

Source:, September 11, 2020 By: Theresa Seiger A parking deck under construction in midtown Atlanta partially collapsed Friday, trapping workers and leaving at least five people injured, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue and WSB-TV. Firefighters used a crane to free one worker who had been trapped by the collapse Friday. Atlanta Fire Rescue Deputy Chief […]

September 14, 2020

Chemical spill in Compton area spurs hundreds of complaints of lingering gas-like odors

Source: Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2020 Posted on: Air quality officials have cited a land developer and contractor over a chemical spill in the Compton area that has generated hundreds of complaints of lingering gas-like odors across a large area of Los Angeles and Orange counties. The South Coast Air Quality Management District […]

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