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September 29, 2023

Milwaukee sues Monsanto over toxic PCB contamination

Source: https://www.courthousenews.com/, September 28, 2023 By: Joe Kelly The city of Milwaukee’s government sued Monsanto on Thursday over ongoing contamination of its water systems by PCBs, a family of human-made toxic chemicals the agrochemical giant used in its products for decades. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are tasteless, odorless organic chemicals used in a variety of industrial and […]

September 21, 2023

3M plant in Brookings finds more PFAS contamination

Source: https://brookingsregister.com/ By: Mondell Keck A new report indicated the presence of PFAS in shallow groundwater and shallow soil at the 3M plant in Brookings, city councilors heard Tuesday night. The report comes amid an ongoing effort to track, contain and clean up PFAS contamination at the plant. That effort will expand with new monitoring […]

September 21, 2023

Chicago Sues Monsanto for Polluting City’s Air, Water, Soil with Toxic Chemicals

Source: https://news.wttw.com/, September 20, 2023 By: Heather Cherone For decades, Monsanto released toxic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into Chicago’s air, water and soil, causing significant harm to the city’s residents and its environment, Mayor Brandon Johnson said Wednesday. Now it is time for the agribusiness firm to pay to clean up the […]

September 20, 2023

University of Iowa study finds source of toxic chemicals in old Vermont school building

Source: https://cbs2iowa.com/, September 19, 2023 By: Kaelei Whitlatch New findings from the University of Iowa out of Vermont show that toxic chemicals may be found in older school buildings. A UI researcher says that if schools can find the source of the chemicals, a more cost-effective remediation can be found. The study found that most of the PCBs (polychlorinated […]

September 19, 2023

DNR: Aging manure basin leaked into ground, tiling and creek

Source: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/, September 8, 2023 By: Jared Strong More than 500,000 gallons of manure-contaminated water has been pumped from a creek in Greene County because an aging storage basin began to leak, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR received a report Aug. 18 that a creek southeast of Jefferson had discolored […]

September 19, 2023

Missouri manufacturer faces accusations it polluted drinking water in the Bootheel

Source: https://missouriindependent.com/, September 8, 2023 By: Allison Kite Two counties in Missouri’s Bootheel suffer from cancer mortality rates drastically higher than the state or national average. On the border between them lies a manufacturing facility in Portageville that for more than 50 years has pumped out parts for cars — and according to some residents, […]

September 8, 2023

Iowa DNR sues bio-fuel company C6-Zero for over $1.5 million in wake of fiery explosion and environmental contamination

Source: https://cbs2iowa.com/, September 8, 2023 Iowa Department of Natural Resources is suing C6-Zero and its owner Howard Brand for more than $1.5 million. In a lawsuit filed July 6th, IDNR cites two rounds of response to deal with the bio-fuel explosion and fire in Marengo on December 8, 2022. Read more.

August 25, 2023

Redevelopment – Historic Fill

Source: Distinguished Programs An old office building was demolished as part of a high-rise apartment complex redevelopment project. Following demolition, fill material was observed beneath the building slab of the former office building. The former office building was constructed in the vicinity of a historic riverbed and the area was filled to allow for development. […]

August 25, 2023

Las Vegas Hotels Investigated Over Legionnaires’ Disease

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/, August 25, 2023 By: Aleks Phillips Two renowned hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are being investigated by health authorities after several guests staying at them came down with Legionnaires’ disease, a “serious” form of pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection. The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) announced it was looking into how […]

August 24, 2023

Redevelopment – Brownfield

Source: Distinguished Programs A vacant riverfront industrial complex was purchased by a developer in order to construct retail, commercial, and residential buildings. During excavation activities, several underground storage tanks were discovered that had not been identified during previous environmental investigations. Soil and groundwater contamination were found on  the property. Contaminated soils were excavated and disposed […]

August 24, 2023

Insurer Berkley Wants Judge in Virginia to Toss $5.8M Jury Verdict Over Mold Claim

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, August 23, 2023 Berkley Assurance Co. is asking a federal judge in Virginia to throw out a $5.8 million jury verdict against it in a case where the insurer maintains a construction firm failed to notify it of its mold claim in a timely manner. The insurer insists that the evidence establishes as […]

August 23, 2023

Institutional – Mercury

Source: Distinguished Programs Students in a university laboratory accidentally dropped a thermometer containing mercury. Unaware of the imminent danger, the students treated the spill casually, causing the mercury to be tracked throughout the school on the bottoms of their shoes. The mercury vapors contaminated the building and students complained of nausea and headaches. The school […]

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