By April Day, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | January 26, 2017 The ocean is undergoing chemical reactions that impact marine life and humans. Local communities cannot stop these reactions but can slow and manage its effects, in part, by supporting approaches informed by science. What is ocean acidification? The term “ocean acidification” refers […]
Article courtesy of the Staff of ChemEurope | November 17th, 2016 | ChemEurope.com | Shared as educational material. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) pervade the industrialized world and may cause harm to humans. Because PFCs’ chemical bonds are one of the strongest in nature, PFC contamination is among the most difficult to remediate, particularly in groundwater. Current […]
Article courtesy of Mike Groll | November 14th, 2016 | CBS News | Shared as educational material. In the upstate New York, residents have a new worry: their tap water may have exposed them to a chemical linked to cancer. PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfonate, has been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and other serious health […]
Article Courtesy of Staff of WFPL | August 9th, 2016 | WFPL | Published as Educational Material A study done by The Harvard Chan School of Public Health found that over six million Americans are dependent on drinking water supplies that are chemically contaminated, the main contaminant being PFOA. Thirteen states around the Ohio River […]
A new study conducted by Ph.D. students at Duke University this Apri, discovered high levels of ammonium, selenium, and lead in brine-laden wastewater linked to hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken region of North Dakota.
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.
On January 15th, three blocks within the populous city Meerut, were declared sensitive zones: The water there is highly contaminated. As the Pollution Control Board (PCB) later found out, the reason for this contamination was due to high levels of total dissolved solids (TDS), almost four times the normally permitted levels.
Ingredient in antimicrobial personal products that is washing down the drain may be putting freshwater ecosystems at risk, likely polluting Lake Erie and Lake Ontario with the chemical.
Dr. Terry Bateman, Henderson chemistry professor, took students to the American Chemical Society’s annual conference in Denver over the summer to present ongoing research into water contamination from the abandoned mercury mine in the ghost town of Graysonia.
Last month, Nassau Supervisor David Fleming had raised concerns over increasing levels of a chemical called 1,4-dioxane, a solvent that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency labels as “likely” to cause cancer in humans, being released into the creek from an EPA treatment plant that handles toxic groundwater around the 16-acre unlined, PCB-tainted dump.
Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington tested water samples from public and private wells collected over the past three years and found elevated levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic. Their findings, released Wednesday, showed elevated levels of 19 different chemicals including the so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds.
An estimated 80,000 chemicals are available for commercial use in the United States and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only been able to restrict the use of less than 10. It is clear that potentially harmful substances are able to slip through the broken legislation. However, passing a new law that can please everyone will not be an easy task. A mix of issues from all parties involved creates a severe challenge in reforming the TSCA.