US EPA’S STUDY CONFIRMS WATER CONTAMINATION CAUSED BY FRACKING...

Dec 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Melanie Houston  THE OEC.ORG Pictured to the right: A map of existing fracking wells in Ohio. Source: Frac Tracker Alliance The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) recently released study of fracking impacts to water clearly refutes the fracking industry’s long-standing claim that “there has not been one single confirmed case of water contamination related to hydraulic fracturing.” In a thorough debunking of the industry’s favorite talking point, US EPA officially confirmed that hydraulic fracturing activities have directly and irrefutably led to cases of water contamination in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Killdeer, North Dakota. Below is a brief summary of the findings in each of these areas. It should be noted that US EPA found clear evidence of water contamination in 3 of the 5 case studies explored in the study:...

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THE EPA DOWNPLAYED ITS FINDINGS IN THE STUDY OF FRACKING’S IMPACT ON DRINKING WATER...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Briefly  GRIST.ORG Stuff that matters for frack’s sake MarcellusCoalition An investigation from Marketplace and APM Reports found that top EPA officials made last-minute changes to a 2015 comprehensive report on fracking and whether the drilling process can pollute water supplies. While the EPA identified many cases of water contamination, the executive summary and press release — the parts of a study that reporters tend to read —  noted that there wasn’t evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water. Early drafts of the study’s news release conveyed greater risk from fracking contamination, but the final version came out with a tamer, more fracking-friendly message: Marketplace Buried in the spin was that the report had identified more than two dozen instances where fracking polluted water resources and hundreds of documented spills that reached soil, surface water, and groundwater. The EPA’s...

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Court Fails to Protect Bees and Beekeepers From Toxic Pesticides...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Pesticide-coated seeds remain unregulated by EPA as pollinator populations plummet Center for Food Safety   VIA ALTERNET December 1, 2016 bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock On November 21, a judge in the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to the nation’s beekeepers and imperiled honey bees. The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in a lawsuit seeking to protect honey bees and the broader environment from unregulated harms caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lax policies for seeds coated with certain insecticides known to cause massive die-offs of honey bees. “It is astounding that a judge, EPA or anyone with any common sense would not regulate this type of toxic pesticide use, especially when the seed-coatings are so broadly applied and there is so much at...

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IS THE EPA’S LANDMARK ‘ENDANGERMENT FINDING’ NOW ITSELF IMPERILED?...

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The EPA’s court-backed determination that greenhouse gases are a threat to America’s health and security might prove hard for a Trump administration to undo. by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica,   Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and said he plans to unburden American industries from Obama-era requirements to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and the other greenhouse gases causing the planet to warm. In the crosshairs of his agenda — according to written statements the Trump campaign made shortly before the Nov. 8 election — is a 2009 determination by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health and security, a ruling that serves as the foundation for the EPA’s efforts to curb climate-damaging emissions and that affects its governing of everything...

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FDA Stops Testing for Glyphosate as New Report Finds High Levels Are Found in Food...

Nov 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The pesticide, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Beyond Pesticides STAVELOT, BELGIUM – MAY 6, 2016: Shelves with a variety of Pesticides in a Carrefour Supermarket. Roundup is a brand-name of an herbicide containing glyphosate, made by Monsanto. Photo Credit: defotoberg / Shutterstock.com The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended testing for glyphosate residues in food, according to a statement made to the Huffington Post. The suspension was announced as a new report was released from Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project, which has exposed dangerous levels of glyphosate contamination in popular U.S. foods. Glyphosate has been found to cause changes to DNA functioning, resulting in chronic disease, and has been classified as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In February 2016,...

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WITH TRUMP’S ELECTION, CRITICAL CLIMATE EFFORTS LIKELY FALL TO THE STATES...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Carbon Wars ‘It will be possible for states to choose to become pollution havens’ By Kristen LombardiPUBLIC INTEGRITY.ORG An SUV plows through water on a street in Norfolk, Virginia, during a flooding event in November 2015. Carbon Wars The fossil-fuel industry is under attack as the world warms and pollution impairs and shortens lives. But industry is fighting back. Stories in this series Maryland’s plea to EPA: Make out-of-state power plants run pollution controls By Jamie Smith Hopkins November 18, 2016 State cutbacks, recalcitrance hinder Clean Air Act enforcement By Jie Jenny Zou October 11, 2016 America’s super polluters By Jamie Smith Hopkins September 29, 2016 Here are the super polluters By Chris Zubak-Skees September 29, 2016 Click here for more stories in this series Flooding in November 2015 overtakes an intersection —...

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While the nation was watching the election, the EPA just approved another toxic herbicide for Monsanto...

Nov 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer  NATURAL NEWS (NaturalNews) As universities across the country hold cry-ins, counseling sessions, and post-election therapy events for narcissistic, cry-baby college students, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly approved Monsanto’s new drift-prone herbicide, which will further poison, emasculate, and weaken the population. The soils are suffering from persistent over farming, bio-solid toxins, and chemical-intense agriculture. Soil and crops are so nutritionally depleted; the effect can be witnessed in the panicky, easily manipulated, fragile-minded behaviors of people. EPA bows to Monsanto again, keeping farmers trapped in the herbicide-dependent agricultural cycle The EPA is run by people who have worked for the biotech industry, who buckle under the pressure of the demands of multinational corporations like Monsanto. The EPA cannot protect anything if they lack the courage to say no...

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TRUMP’S TRANSITION EFFORT...

Nov 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Good evening. Here’s the latest.  NYTIMES Al Drago/The New York Times 1. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, above center, will lead Donald Trump’s transition effort, taking the reins from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Mr. Trump now says he may be willing to leave in place two popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act. He is holding meetings with his advisers in Trump Tower, which has been transformed into a kind of fortress by the Secret Service and the local police. So far, the transition team includes some of the very same people Mr. Trump said had too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists. Names circulating include Myron Ebell, an outspoken “climate contrarian,” to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of the foreign policy experts who derided Mr. Trump’s campaign could...

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5 Ways President Trump Spells Doom for the Environment...

Nov 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment President-elect Donald Trump is no friend to planet Earth. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Saint Louis, MO, USA – March 11, 2016: Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown Saint Louis Photo Credit: Gino Santa Maria / Shutterstock.com If the world’s governments don’t prevent the planet’s surface temperature from increasing more than 2°C, then life on Earth will become a difficult proposition for many humans, animals and plants. Glaciers will melt, sea levels will rise, crops will fail, water availability will decrease, and diseases will proliferate. Some areas will experience more wildfires and extreme heat; in others, more hurricanes and extreme storms. Coastal cities and possibly entire nations will be swallowed by the sea. There will be widespread social and economic instability, leading to regional conflicts. Considering that...

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Exclusive: EPA’s top official commits to doing right by communities of color...

Oct 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Justice for All? By Ben Adler and Aura Bogado  GRIST The fundamental facts of environmental justice — that communities of color face disproportionately higher rates of pollution — have been known for decades. It’s been more than 20 years, for instance, since President Bill Clinton signed an executive order directing federal agencies to provide environmental protection for poor and minority communities. Yet in all that time, the government has routinely fallen short of its civil rights obligations, sometimes with deadly results. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unveiling an effort to try again, expanding its environmental justice efforts with a four-year plan to tackle lead poisoning, air pollution, and other problems. The effect would be to take environmental justice considerations into account at every step in the EPA’s rulemaking and...

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EPA PLANS TO ALLOW UNLIMITED DUMPING OF FRACKING WASTEWATER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO...

Oct 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] This article originally appeared on Truthout Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law. In a letter sent to EPA officials last week, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency’s draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife. The attorneys claim that regulators do not fully understand how the chemicals used in offshore fracking and other well treatments – some of which are toxic and dangerous to human and marine life – can impact marine...

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Did the EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used to Fight Zika Virus?...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Naled, an insecticide being used in community mosquito spraying in the U.S., was banned by the EU in 2012 due to “unacceptable risk.” Beyond Pesticides Bangkok, Thailand – January 31, 2016 : Unidentified people fogging DDT spray kill mosquito for control Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue and Zika in village at Bangkok Thailand. Photo Credit: PongMoji / Shutterstock.com Beyond Pesticides has urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA’s key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are outdated and incomplete and the scientific literature raises safety concerns. In a letter to EPA, Beyond Pesticides said, “As local and state officials implement mosquito abatement programs to address the Zika...

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THE CHEMICAL ERIN BROKOVICH WARNED US ABOUT IS IN WATER ALL OVER AMERICA...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activists are warning residents of some major cities to avoid drinking water straight from the tap. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich in 2007; tainted water in California. (Photos: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images; Eric Paul Zamora/’Fresno Bee’/Getty Images) TAKE PART DAILY Thousands of Americans drink tap water poisoned by unsafe levels of a cancer-causing heavy metal, and government authorities are doing little to stop it, according to a new report from clean water activists. The chemical hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, gained notoriety as the carcinogenic water contaminant that Erin Brockovich sued a utility over in California—and the new report from advocacy organization Environmental Working Group finds that it shows up in the water systems of major cities all over the country. The data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans—more than two-thirds...

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10 Things You Need to Know About the New U.S. Chemicals Law...

Sep 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The updated Toxic Substances Control Act brings new hope for protecting Americans’ health and environment. Here’s what it does—and doesn’t—do. By Elizabeth Grossman / Ensia   VIA ALTERNET pictogram for chemical hazard: toxic substances Photo Credit: Bjoern Wylezich/Shutterstock “This is a big deal,” said President Barack Obama as he signed into law the bill that updates — for the first time in 40 years — the nation’s main chemical safety legislation. Called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act to honor the late senator for whom this was a special cause, the law revises the Toxic Substances Control Act that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate chemicals used commercially in the United States. As Obama noted at the June 22 signing ceremony, TSCA was supposed to ensure that chemicals used in the U.S. were safe...

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HOW THE GOVERNMENT COULD RESIST TRUMP’S ORDERS...

Sep 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] PostEverything Civil servants can refuse to comply, judges can issue injunctions and members of Congress can decline to help. By Melinda Henneberger THE WASHINGTON POST Melinda Henneberger is a visiting fellow at Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. (iStock) If Donald Trump is elected, he’s promised to move quickly to suspend Muslim immigration, or maybe even stop people from entering the United States “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.” We’ll withdraw from NATO unless all other members pay their fair share, either renegotiate or shred NAFTA and begin “extreme vetting” of immigrants to make sure they aren’t sneaking in any “hostile attitudes toward our country or its principles.” Before you can say “Geneva Conventions,” he’ll order the waterboarding of suspected terrorists and approve interrogation techniques...

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California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves...

Sep 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment A little-known program under federal environment law is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows. By Abraham Lustgarten / ProPublica   VIA ALTERNET Oil field in California’s Central Valley. Photo Credit: IRC/Shutterstock As the western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry. Heeding this warning, California passed new laws in late 2014 that for the first time require the state to account for its groundwater resources and measure how much water is being used. Yet California’s natural resources agency, with the oversight and consent of the...

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Report Shows How Many Asthma Attacks Are Caused By The Oil And Gas Industry...

Sep 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Samantha Page Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. Asthma affects millions of U.S. children. A new analysis finds that oil and gas production is causing widespread respiratory effects. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/CARLOS OSORIO New analysis from the Clean Air Task Force shows that by 2025 America’s children will experience 750,000 asthma attacks each summer that will be directly attributable to the oil and gas industry. The report, Gasping for Breath, is the first to quantify the effects of smog caused by oil and gas production and distribution. The authors used industry data submitted to the EPA’s National Emissions Inventory, particularly looking at methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can interact to create smog. This chemical reaction is facilitated by ultraviolet rays and heat — which is why smog is a bigger problem in the summer than the winter....

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Here’s Why the Navajo Nation Is Suing the EPA Over Colorado’s Mining Catastrophe...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Madeleine Thomas PACIFIC STANDARD The San Juan River is one of the most sacred and agriculturally important areas to the Navajo Nation. It’s also the site of a three-million-gallon toxic mine spill.   Residue from the release of mining chemicals sits on rocks in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado. (Photo: Theo Stroomer/Getty Images) This time last year, images of Colorado’s Animas River were going viral, leaving many mystified or downright disturbed by the waterway’s Willy Wonka-esque shade of golden orange. The culprit of the bizarre phenomenon: a slurry of mining chemicals which had burst from a sealed entryway to a defunct gold mine, the Gold King Mine, located upstream. The images were met with outrage: In the last year, there have been Congressional hearings and an ongoing criminal investigation into causes of...

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Commentary: Update of Toxic Substances Control Act a worthy step that’s long overdue...

Jul 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., center, joined by, from left, Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of the late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito R-W. Va., talks about bipartisan legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances, Thursday, May 19, 2016. J. Scott Applewhite/AP In a groundbreaking report six years ago, a National Cancer Institute panel warned that it was time to pay closer attention to environmental causes of a disease that takes more than a half-million American lives each year. “[T]he true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the panelists wrote in their transmittal letter to President Obama in April 2010. “With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States,...

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A THIRD OF CALIFORNIA’S DEEP GROUNDWATER AQUIFIERS ARE BEING USED FOR OIL AND GAS...

Jul 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Locher Water is pumped from a well into an irrigation ditch near Fresno, Calif.   California has a lot more usable groundwater than previously thought — but that water might already be in danger from oil and gas extraction in the state. A study released this week by Stanford scientists shows that there is nearly three times more groundwater in California’s Central Valley than earlier surveys had indicated. “It’s not often that you find a ‘water windfall,’ but we just did,” study co-author Robert Jackson, the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor at Stanford, said in the study’s release. “There’s far more fresh water and usable water than we expected.” Jackson and his research partner looked at deep groundwater aquifers, between 1,000 and 3,000...

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WHY THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP ISN’T BACKING THE TOXIC CHEMICALS COMPROMISE...

Jun 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Health & Science Most chemicals used in everything from cleaners to candy bars have never been reviewed by either the EPA or the FDA. This measure won’t change that. By Scott Faber MOYERS & CO There are surprisingly few regulations on the use of chemicals in the USA (Photo: Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons) (Editor’s Note: Several weeks ago, a rare thing happened in Washington: Members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, announced a bipartisan compromise on a long-awaited bill to modernize the nation’s regulation of toxic chemicals. It won the support across the ideological gamut, from the American Chemistry Council to the White House. The legislation passed the House last month on a lopsided 408-12 vote and the Senate followed suit Tuesday evening, approving the measure on a voice vote. So what’s...

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FEDS FINALLY ADDRESS THE RISKS OF WIDELY USED AG CHEMICAL – ATRAZINE...

Jun 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   A new government report on the weed killer atrazine highlights risks to wildlife that researchers have been pointing to for years. (Photo: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.   A 500-some-page draft assessment on an agricultural chemical from a federal agency is generally not the stuff of intrigue and redemption. But just such a document could upend the American corn industry, generate strict new regulations for a chemical company in the midst of being acquired by a Chinese firm for $43 billion, and clear the name of a researcher who nearly had his reputation destroyed. The document published Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency reads, “This risk assessment concludes that aquatic plant communities are impacted in many areas where atrazine use is heaviest, and there is potential chronic risk to...

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33 OTHER U.S. CITIES HAVE CHEATED WATER TESTS THAT DETECT LEAD...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian tried to obtain “water testing documents” from 81 cities and 43 offered information. The tricks used by officials include practices such as removing aerators, pre-flushing pipes, and running water slowly. All these practices potentially reduce the amount of lead that shows up in water samples. Sometimes officials didn’t test water in what they determined were “high-risk homes.” Related: BREAKING: What Flint officials knew about the poisoned water, and when In Michigan and New Hampshire, departments allowed employees to re-sample and toss out “results with high lead levels.” In Chicago and Philadelphia, officials requested that employees “test water safety in their own homes.” Some cities, citing security risk concerns, said they didn’t know where lead pipes were or didn’t conduct testing in the mandatory amount of homes with lead pipes. As a...

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COMMENTARY: UPDATE OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT A WORTHY STEP THAT’S LONG OVERDUE...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] J. Scott Applewhite/AP In a groundbreaking report six years ago, a National Cancer Institute panel warned that it was time to pay closer attention to environmental causes of a disease that takes more than a half-million American lives each year. “[T]he true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the panelists wrote in their transmittal letter to President Obama in April 2010. “With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.” The report’s authors said the federal law aimed at controlling such hazards, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, “may be the most egregious example of ineffective regulation of environmental...

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HOUSE PASSES ZIKA BILL THAT WON’T FIGHT THE VIRUS BUT MAY PUT MORE PESTICIDES IN YOUR WATER...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Despite the fact that Congress has yet to pass a fully-funded Zika emergency bill, the House of Representatives passed the Zika Vector Control Act Tuesday evening, a bill ostensibly aimed at helping to fight the potential spread of the Zika virus throughout the United States. But House Democrats and environmental organizations are crying foul, arguing that the bill uses the threat of Zika as a cover for rolling back crucial EPA regulations that protect bodies of water from pesticides. “The reality is that the majority has been pushing this legislation for years under whatever name is convenient at the time,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) said during the floor debate Tuesday. “This bill has nothing to do with combating Zika.” Opponents of the bill noted that...

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LONG BEACH FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO...

May 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG posted by emma niles   The Port of Long Beach. (via Flickr) Following the lead of six other West Coast cities, the city of Long Beach on Thursday filed paperwork to sue Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical giant is responsible for chemical contamination of its water sources, including the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Post reports: According to the complaint, PCBs find their way to Long Beach waters when they leach, leak, off-gas and escape their intended applications, causing runoff during naturally occurring storm and rain events, after being released into the environment. … The city said it continues to “incur significant costs related to PCBs in its storm water and the sedimentary deposits in the Port of Long Beach and adjacent ocean floor areas,” according to a release. In...

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3 PESTICIDES ARE PUTTING NEARLY ALL U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES AT RISK...

May 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File   A few widely-used pesticides have the ability to harm nearly all the endangered species in America, a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency has found. The EPA’s draft report, which was released earlier this month, looked at three widely-used pesticides: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion. It found that both malathion, which is used in agriculture, for lawn care, and for mosquito control, and chlorpyrifos, which is used on a range of crops including cotton, almonds, and fruit trees, was “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of the 1,782 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The other pesticide, diazinon, which is used in orchards and vegetable crops, was found to likely adversely affect 79 percent of these species. Federal agencies like...

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U.S. CAN MEET PARIS CLIMATE GOALS (WITH OR WITHOUT THE SUPREME COURT)...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] People power. Photographer: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images     Michael R. Bloomberg As world leaders gather in New York on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, some have expressed concern that as they implement their commitments, the U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Their concern is understandable, but it’s important to recognize: The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. Here’s why. It was a modest goal. By 2015, the U.S. had already cut emissions by 11 percent compared with 2005 levels. So our starting line was nearly...

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HOW A PAPER PLANT IN ARKANSAS IS ALLEGEDLY POISONING THE PEOPLE OF CROSSETT...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tech & Science By Emily Crane Linn NEWSWEEK The Georgia-Pacific’s aeration pond in Crossett, Arkansas. The paper and plywood plant employs a large amount of the surrounding community and many in the area blame the plant’s pollution for the severe health issues residents are facing. Nicolaus Czarnecki/ZUMA/Alamy “Let me give you a sketch of the neighborhood,” Leroy Patton said as he put his car in Park on the side of Lawson Road. He took his toothpick out of his mouth and used it to point to an empty house, an abandoned doll lying facedown in the weeds in front of the hollow structure. The Lawson couple used to live here, Patton says; the street was named for them. “They’re dead from cancer and stroke.” He pointed to another property. “Down here is Pat....

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Why Is the USDA Silencing Its Own Scientists’ Warnings About the Dangerous Effects of Pesticides?...

Apr 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Government whistleblowers are our first line of defense against unscrupulous companies and purchased politicians responsible for the poisoning of honeybees. By Evaggelos Vallianatos / AlterNet bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock [Editor’s note: Evidence has been mounting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been silencing its own bee scientists who have raised the alarm about the deadly impact that pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, have on bees. Last month, for example, the Washington Post reported the story of Jonathan Lindgren, a USDA bee scientist, who filed a whistleblower suit alleging that he was disciplined to suppress his research. In 2014, Dr. Jeffery Pettis, another USDA bee scientist and beekeeping advocate, was demoted, leading several beekeeping and environmental organizations to express concern that the agency has actively suppressed bee science that...

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