Hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations contaminated the groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The findings raise concerns about possible water pollution in other heavily fracked and geologically similar communities in the U.S. West.
A recent study commissioned by Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) found that the old cooling canal system at the FPL Turkey Point facility was leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.
Lake Okeechobee, a large inland lake in southern Florida, is experiencing its highest water levels in nearly a century due to heavy rains that fell during the month of January. This should not be suprising, because heavy rainfall events are increasing as the planet warms. But after water levels reached a foot above normal, public officials began to worry that the excess water was putting too much stress on the lake’s aging dike. Officials then made the decision to drain the lake out toward Florida’s coasts. There was one problem: Lake Okeechobee’s waters are toxic.
According to Boyte, the town claims the problem was recently magnified by either a break or malfunction in the water line along Levee Street. He said the water quality has been problematic for several years. The issue exists in spite of the town being award over $6 million in capital outlay funds in the last legislative session dedicated toward water system improvements.
A group of Japanese scientists recently announced the discovery of a new bacteria that eats a certain type of plastic that is commonly used around the world. And a researcher at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has just received a grant to conduct a similar type of study here in the Coastal Bend.
Nancy Vanier was surprised when the state Department of Environmental Services last week tested the well her parents, Frank and June Church, have used for decades. The Church’s small home sits surrounded by trees on a hill above the Saint-Gobain plastics plant.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that over four years, the drinking water in 431 schools nationwide was found to contain unsafe levels of lead.
Never has that focus been more critical. Living in a city that has direct access to 20 percent of our world’s surface freshwater in the Great Lakes, Milwaukee is uniquely positioned to appreciate and celebrate the benefits of abundant, clean water to our economy and our quality of life.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has extended a $250-million facility to support China’s drive to treat harmful industrial waste water and sludge generated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Children from primary schools in Salcombe and West Alvington placed yellow fishes on drains last week to try to cut pollution – but they have now gone missing.
The amount of harmful chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis is nothing short of overwhelming. How can we expect to avoid them all? The sad truth is that we can’t. But, we can take real action towards minimizing our exposure to harmful chemicals. The first step is to build awareness around what is really in the cleaners that we rely upon to keep our homes clean and our families healthy.