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December 5, 2019

Site contaminated with uranium partially collapses into Detroit River

Source: https://windsorstar.com/, December 5, 2019
By: Dave Battagello

A shoreline property in Detroit listed for decades by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency as a contaminated site due to its use of uranium and other dangerous chemicals during manufacturing dating back to the 1940s has partially collapsed into the Detroit River.

The riverbank apparently collapsed under the weight of large aggregate piles stored at the site by Detroit Bulk Storage which has a long-term lease on the property for such use. Read more.

December 5, 2019

Justices Hear Pollution Suit Over Smelter In Montana

Source: The New York Times, December 4, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

For nearly a century, a copper smelter near Butte, Mont., processed ore and released lethal chemicals into the environment, including, according to court records, as much as 62 tons of arsenic and 10 tons of lead each day.

In 1983, a few years after the smelter was shut down, the Environmental Protection Agency designated the 300 square miles surrounding it a Superfund site, requiring the parties responsible for the pollution to take steps to clean it up. Read more.

December 3, 2019

San Jose Water Company shut off wells contaminated with PFAS chemicals

Source: https://sanjosespotlight.com/, December 2, 2019
By: Elizabeth Mendez

As a famous actor took center stage during a Capitol Hill hearing last month to demand stricter regulations of ‘forever chemicals’ in water, a longtime San Jose water company revealed that it has tested positive for those contaminants.

The news comes as California water officials this year began a statewide assessment of any possible ‘forever chemical’ contamination in drinking water. Read more.

November 27, 2019

A chemical plant blast has injured 3 and caused extensive damage to a Texas city as fire continues to burn

Source: https://www.cnn.com/, November 27, 2019
By: Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton

An explosion rocked a chemical plant early Wednesday in Texas, causing extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches and leaving at least three employees injured.

A chemical fire continues to burn at the site, and a mandatory evacuation order has been issued within a half mile of the TPC Group plant, about 90 miles east of Houston, the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said. Read more.
November 25, 2019

Gas station contamination spurs statewide complaint

Source: https://buckrail.com/, November 23, 2019>/span>

Chevron Corporation is fielding a complaint filed by both The State of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

According to an Oil City News report, a DEQ announcement shared November 22 claims Chevron to have violated the “Wyoming Environmental Quality Act involving the remediation of environmental contamination at several service stations and convenience stores in Wyoming.” Read more.

November 25, 2019

Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated water at hundreds of military bases nationwide

Source: https://wjla.com/, November 25, 2019
By: Joce Sterman and Alex Brauer

Military bases across the country are dealing with contamination to their drinking and groundwater as a result of the use of toxic firefighting foam with known links to cancer and other health problems. The cost, according to service members who have lived on these bases and installations, isn’t just environmental or financial. It’s emotional. Read more.

November 25, 2019

EPA will offer $4.8 million to study effects of ‘forever chemicals’

Source: Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), November 23, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make $4.8 million available to study the impact of potentially dangerous forever chemicals produced and used by companies such as 3M on farms and rural communities.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, do not break down in nature. Decades of use in waterproofing and stain and heat resistance have left them spread across the nations drinking water, groundwater and soil.  Read more.

November 25, 2019

Record number of Legionnaires’ cases in 2018: Fighting problem an expensive undertaking

Source: Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL), November 24, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

Cases of Legionnaires’ disease reached a record high in 2018 – a more than eightfold increase since the numbers began to climb nearly two decades ago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported 9,933 cases in 2018 of Legionellosis, which includes both Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Legionnaires’ disease made up the vast majority of cases, according to the CDC. Read more.

November 22, 2019

Trump scales back safety rules adopted after deadly chemical explosion

Source: The Washington Post, November 21, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

The Environmental Protection Agency weakened a rule Thursday governing how companies store dangerous chemicals. The standards were enacted under the Obama administration in the wake of a 2013 explosion in West, Tex., that killed 15 people, including 12 first-responders.

Under the new standards, companies will not have to provide public access to information about what kinds of chemicals are stored on their sites. They also will not have to undertake several measures aimed at preventing accidents, such as analyzing safer technology and procedures, conducting a “root-cause analysis” after a major chemical release or obtaining a third-party audit when an accident has occurred. Read more.

November 22, 2019

Military families are getting sick from mold in their homes. Now they’re suing

Source: https://crosscut.com/, November 21, 2019
By: Kevin Knodell

Melissa Godoy had spent much of her life in military housing, living in bases around the country for a decade without issue. Then she and her husband, an Army combat engineer, came to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in July 2018. She recalled that the home her family moved into on base was slightly “stuffy.” It was an older home and she noted that the ventilation wasn’t great, but she thought little of it. Part of military life is making do with what you get. Read more.