Chemical Contamination at U.S. Naval Bases

Article courtesy of Sara Jerome | August 1, 2016 | Water Online | Shared as educational material. The United States Navy has been under pressure from former staff members on the topic of water contamination on bases. Staffers claim that the water on the naval bases was contaminated by perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, to a […]

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Oil Sheen Found near Power Station on Potomac River

Oil sheens occur in conjunction with oil spills. Sheens are rainbow-colored films that form on the surface of water when oil is discharged, and indicate contamination in the water. While oil sheens may sound benign, they can be as deleterious as oil spills themselves.

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Puerto Rico to Make Major Upgrades to San Juan Water Infrastructure in Federal Settlement

Under two settlements with the Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), three Puerto Rico government agencies have agreed to upgrade portions of storm water systems they own within the Municipality of San Juan.

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Old Gasoline Leak Puts Mora City Water at Risk; MPCA Rests Cleanup Technology

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will test petroleum cleanup technologies at the former Town & Country Oil site in Mora in an effort to continue preventing contaminants from migrating to nearby city water wells. Gasoline and diesel fuel leaked into the ground at the site, located at the southwest corner of Maple Avenue and Highway 65, some 15 years ago.

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Water Pollution a Concern in Springs Surrounding New Florence Landfill

An environmental advocacy group in the Shoals found a concerning level of pollution in springs that line the new Florence landfill.

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Mines Leave Toxic Legacy

When millions of gallons of wastewater poured into the Animas River in August, people watched in horror as the river turned orange, then continued flowing into the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River.

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Veterans Group to Seek Information on Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

A group of veteran advocates is banding together to seek information from a VA program that looked at healthcare claims related to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

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Microbeads Found in Personal Care Products Troublesome for Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River

From hand soaps to facial cleansers, shoppers can find a variety of personal care products armed with tiny exfoliating microbeads in department stores nowadays. These little beads, however, don’t simply disappear from existence once they’ve circled the shower drain. According to researchers, they aren’t so easily filtered through wastewater treatment plants on Great Lake shores, and they end up going straight into the water, causing contamination and affecting wildlife.

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In Minnesota’s Farm Country, Clean Water is Costly

Taxpayers spent nearly $125 million last year to clean up Minnesota lakes, streams and groundwater contaminated by farming, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state and federal budget data that highlight agriculture’s increasingly prominent role as a source of water pollution.

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EPA Takes First Steps Toward Hackensack River Cleanup

After pressure from a local environmentalist, federal authorities have agreed to conduct an assessment of the Hackensack River to determine the extent of pollution and contamination caused by industry over the years. The findings could result in a massive cleanup project, with violators compelled to pay for remediation efforts.

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Vice Examines Lack of Clean Water on the Navajo Nation

A short-form documentary from Navajo Nation highlighted the problem with lack of clean water for many residents. Vice News traveled to the Navajo Nation, where at least 40 percent of residents lack clean running water. As a whole, 99 percent of Americans have access to clean running water.

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Oil Spill, High Waves: A Great Lakes Disaster Scenario

Under high wave conditions, crucial offshore spill containment response might have to be put off for hours, or even days because of unsafe boating conditions, the responders say. That would delay the deployment of spill-containing boom, or the use of skimmers to remove oil from the water’s surface. And that would allow the ecological calamity to spread.

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