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June 12, 2024

Tucson’s groundwater is partially contaminated by ‘forever chemicals.’ Feds want it fixed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is demanding the U.S. Air Force and Arizona National Guard take action as concentrations of toxic “forever chemicals” are increasing in the groundwater in a historically contaminated area on Tucson’s south side. The EPA found the pollution came from the nearby military properties and ordered them to clean up the […]

June 12, 2024

Digging Deep: Emerging Contaminants in Soil

Source: https://www.technologynetworks.com/, June 11, 2024 By: Nicholas Gaunt, PhD You might be forgiven for thinking soil is just dirt beneath our feet. Certainly, this writer vastly misjudged its importance to life as we know it. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that soil could be the unsung hero of our planet, quietly working behind the scenes to […]

June 12, 2024

Invisible threat: Combatting indoor air pollution in buildings

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, June 10, 2024 In the ever-evolving landscape of building construction, there’s a growing awareness over indoor air quality. And for good reason. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has discovered that air inside buildings can be two to five times more contaminated than the air outside [1]. This is particularly alarming when you consider […]

June 11, 2024

The US installed more solar in Q1 2024 than it did in all of 2018

Source: https://electrek.co/, June 5, 2024 By: Michelle Lewis In Q1 2024, the US saw the largest quarter of solar manufacturing growth in its history, bringing its total installed capacity to 200 GW. A record-setting 11.8 gigawatts (GW) of new solar panel manufacturing capacity came online in the US during Q1 2024, making up 75% of […]

June 11, 2024

Napa Valley has lush vineyards and wineries – and a pollution problem

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, June 9, 2024 By: Shannon Kelleher Famous for its lush vineyards and cherished local wineries, Napa valley is where people go to escape their problems. “When you first get there, it’s really pretty,” said Geoff Ellsworth, former mayor of St Helena, a small Napa community nestled 50 miles north-east of San Francisco. “It […]

June 11, 2024

Air in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ likely more toxic than previously thought

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, June 11, 2024 By: Tom Perkins The air throughout south-east Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley” is probably being poisoned with a highly carcinogenic gas at levels much higher than previously thought, new research reveals. Using cutting-edge equipment that more accurately checks for the gas, ethylene oxide, which is primarily used in plastic production, researchers found […]

June 10, 2024

Up to 1 million gallons of sewage to be released into Hudson River each day: Where to avoid

Source: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/, June 7, 2024 By: Tom Shea Boaters and especially swimmers will want to avoid part of the Hudson River in Westchester County, as up to a million gallons of sewage is expected to be dumped into the water just north of New York City every day. The Westchester County Department of Health said […]

June 6, 2024

New report shows public drinking water systems in NC contaminated with PFAS

Source: https://www.wral.com/, June 5, 2024 By: Liz McLaughlin At least 2.5 million North Carolinians have drinking water contaminated with harmful chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report. “I don’t want everyday people to have to bear the burden of this when we know that there are companies that have put these pollutants in the […]

June 6, 2024

The Ultimate Killer: Pollution Deadlier Than War, Terrorism, and Major Diseases

Source: https://scitechdaily.com/, June 3, 2024 A new series published today (June 3) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology highlights how pollution, in all its forms, is a greater health threat than that of war, terrorism, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, drugs, and alcohol combined. The researchers focus on global warming, air pollution, and exposure to wildfire […]

June 4, 2024

Ohio Explosion Caused by Cut Gas Line Thought to be Turned Off: Investigators

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, June 4, 2024 A crew working in the basement area of an Ohio building intentionally cut a gas line not knowing it was pressurized before a deadly explosion last week, the National Transportation Safety Board said. NTSB board member Tom Chapman said preliminary investigation shows workers were in the basement to clear out piping […]

June 4, 2024

PFOA And PFOS Become Hazardous Substances CERCLA Effective July 8

Source: https://www.mondaq.com/, May 30, 2024 By: Daniel T. McKillop, Scarinci/Hollenbeck On May 8, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Final Rule designating two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) — as hazardous substances. The designation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) takes effect on July 8, […]

June 4, 2024

PFAS Water Contamination

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, May 31, 2024 By: Katie R. Beran, Richard S. Lewis and James D. Gotz, Hausfeld, LLP Insidious contamination of public water supplies with synthetic chemicals has compromised access to safe drinking water in communities all over the United States. In representing the Suffolk County Water Authority (“SCWA”)—one of the largest public groundwater providers […]

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