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September 29, 2020

Area schools, office buildings grapple with Legionella bacteria after COVID-19 lockdown

Source:, September 27, 2020 By: Ismail Turay, Jr. A potential side effect of schools and office buildings sitting dormant for months because of the COVID-19 shutdown can cause another possibly lethal disease, prompting several local school districts to take action after the pathogen was found in their drinking water. Legionella causes the potentially deadly […]

September 29, 2020

A dry cleaner closed 5 years ago in Portage, but contamination cleanup efforts continue

Source:, September 25, 2020 By: Amy Lavalley Dres-Well Cleaners in Portage may be closed but its legacy lives on, as more monitoring wells are on the way to track a growing plume of harmful dry cleaning chemicals. The dry cleaner, at 5160 Central Ave. on the city’s west side, closed five years ago, leaving […]

September 29, 2020

8 Texas cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in the water supply

Source:, September 26, 2020 By: Lauren M. Johnson & Artemis Moshtaghian Residents of eight cities were alerted to a brain-eating amoeba found in a southeast Texas water supply. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a water advisory to residents served by the Brazosport Water Authority warning customers not to use any water due […]

September 29, 2020

Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in tap water

Source:, September 26, 2020 Officials in the city of Lake Jackson, Texas, issued a disaster declaration on Saturday in response to drinking water contaminated with a brain-eating amoeba. The city is under a “do not use water order,” and has requested an emergency declaration from the state. “The City of Lake Jackson, County of […]

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 […]

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