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Jury Finds California Plant Polluted Air and Canal With Toxic Chemical

Residents of a Central California subdivision have won a partial victory in a major toxic waste lawsuit. A federal jury found that a former subsidiary of the drug maker Merck & Co. polluted air and a canal in the plaintiffs' neighborhood with the carcinogen hexavalent chromium. The chemical, also known [...]

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Philadelphia Named America’s Most Toxic City

Americans seeking healthy cities to call home should avoid Philadelphia like a toxic waste dump. According to an assessment by forbes.com, the colonial heart of America is the most toxic city in the country, followed by a pair of California cities, Bakersfield and Fresno, in that order. The study took [...]

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Vitaminwater Awash in Accusations of Deceptive Advertising

Vitaminwater is marketed as a super-healthy alternative to regular H2O, but critics say the claims don't hold water. The latest major critic to wade into the controversy is the National Consumer League, a nonprofit advocacy group. In a deceptive advertising complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, NCL says that [...]

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EPA Begins Countdown for Ridding Drinking Water of Rocket Fuel Chemical

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun developing standards to limit the quantity of perchlorate -- a chemical in rocket fuel and explosives --  in the nation's drinking water. Perchlorate has been connected to thyroid problems in pregnant women and in young children. Ordinarily, the presence of perchlorate in drinking water [...]

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Analysis Shows Growing Threat to Water Supply From Microscopic Amoebas

Microorganisms known as amoebas are a growing threat to the world's water supply, with many of them serving as “Trojan horses” for harmful bacteria that can evade disinfection agents at water-treatment facilities, a new analysis says. The authors of an analysis published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reviewed [...]

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Filtered Drinking Water Comes with a Possible Catch: Tooth Decay

Installing a filter on your kitchen faucet may seem like a good way to protect you and your loved ones from the unidentifiable brownish-gray gunk that slips into municipal water supplies all too often. But those filters are also removing something you might want from your water supply: fluoride. As reported [...]

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Report Faults EPA Oversight of Missouri Toxic Cleanup

A federal review of cleanup operations at a Superfund toxic waste site in rural Missouri has raised questions about whether excess levels of pollutants — which may present a health risk even in minuscule amounts — have migrated off-site. The 200-acre Wheeling Disposal site near Amazonia served until 1986 as [...]

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Environmental Group Faults Lack of Transparency in Bottled Water Labeling

The bottled water industry is all wet when it comes to providing information to customers about the source and purity of its products, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group says in a new survey of 173 bottled water brands. The Environmental Working Group previously surveyed bottled water labels in 2009, finding [...]

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‘Probable Carcinogen’ Found in Tap Water of Many American Cities

An analysis of drinking water supplies in 35 American cities has found that nearly 90 percent contain hexavalent chromium, a probable cause of cancer spotlighted in the Oscar-winning movie "Erin Brockovich,  The Washington Post reports. In the study, researchers for the Environmental Working Group tested tap water in a mix [...]

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California Desert Town in State of Emergency After Toxic Chemical Found in Water Supply

The governor of California has declared a state of emergency for the county of San Bernardino after the water supply for the city of Barstow was found to be contaminated with a toxic chemical used to make explosives and rocket fuel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Golden State Water Co. [...]

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With Toxic Plume on the Move, PG&E Offers to Buy Homes in Town of Hinkley

With a plume of contaminated ground water oozing towards residents of Hinkley, Calif., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is offering to buy up to 100 houses that could be under threat. The plume, which is 2 1/2 miles long and 1 mile wide, is laced with hexavalent chromium, a toxic metal that [...]

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Tainted Groundwater Again Threatens California Town of Erin Brockovich Fame

An underground plume of water tainted by chromium has moved beyond the containment boundary set up by Pacific Gas & Electric and is approaching the town of Hinkley, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times. The small town gained worldwide fame when hundreds of residents wrested a $333 million settlement [...]

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Weak Oversight Puts Emergency Water Supplies at Risk, Report Finds

The emergency water supplies of communities in many parts of the country may be at risk of contamination due to weak government oversight. A new report from the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency highlights the potential danger in cities drawing on emergency and supplementary water supplies, which serve roughly [...]

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Backing Its Mining Industry, West Virginia Sues U.S. to Block Water Quality Rules

West Virginia is suing the Obama administration to try to block new water quality rules intended to protect streams from being polluted  by mountaintop coal mining. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, portrayed the federal court case against the Environmental Protection Agency as part of a fight against the Obama administration’s [...]