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West Virginia Water

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On January 15, 2014
Sure am glad the relevant agencies declared West Virginia water safe now after the Freedom Industries chemical spill: “What we are seeing when we talk to our partners in hospital systems are people with skin and eye irritation, rashes, nausea, upset stomach and diarrhea,” Rahul Gupta, health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said. The […]

Freedom

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On January 10, 2014

I now see why the Republicans passed the bill to gut Superfund. It’s clearly unnecessary, what with a company actually named Freedom Industries taking care of the good people of West Virginia. S

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Selenium

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On November 16, 2013
This is not an acceptable decision from the EPA during a Democratic administration: Today, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to change how toxic selenium pollution from mountaintop removal mines is measured for the purposes of determining compliance with the Clean Water Act. Selenium, which causes significant biological damage to […]

Sriracha Emissions

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On October 29, 2013

Among the many products we probably don’t actively think of as having a major pollution impact in Sriracha. But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce’s production facilities are, residents are com

Legacy Pollution

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On July 31, 2013
In Carson, California, Shell Oil used to have an oil tank farm. Then, thanks to America’s lax environmental regulatory state, a housing development was built on top of it when Shell no longer needed it. Shell claims the land is safe and they have no responsibility for it. Residents say their soil is poisonous. Soil […]

Oil Pollution in Arkansas

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On June 2, 2013
On March 29, an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying oil from Canadian tar sands ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, northwest of Little Rock. Between 5000 and 7000 barrels of oil spilled into nearby waterways. ExxonMobil and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality claim everything is safe for residents. But the residents’ own bodies tell them […]

Light Pollution

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On March 20, 2013

This piece on Hong Kong’s out of control light pollution is a good reminder of one of the least controlled means of pollution. While maybe it isn’t as damaging as water or air pollution, h

Pittsburgh, 1940

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On June 4, 2012

In 1941, Pittsburgh passed a smoke control ordinance. Retronaut has a good collection of photographs suggesting why it was needed. Of course, this is also the Republican vision for our future air qual

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