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November 8, 2019

Nearly 1,000 more wells must be tested for PFOA in Merrimack

Source: https://www.unionleader.com/, November 7, 2019
By: Kimberly Houghton

The Saint-Gobain contamination zone now under investigation by the state has more than quadrupled in size.

With newer, more stringent state standards in place for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, thousands of additional private wells in the region will need to be tested for contamination, according to officials. Read more.

November 8, 2019

Report: Contamination Found at Former Wood Treating Facility

Source: https://www.usnews.com/, November 7, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Multistate Trust representatives held an information session at a Mississippi city hall on environmental contamination from a shut-down wood treating facility.

The Meridian Star reports an investigation discovered contaminated soil and ground water at the former Kerr-McGee wood treating facility.

November 8, 2019

Buffalo Wild Wings Manager Dies, 13 Hospitalized After Exposure to Toxic Cleaning Product Fumes

Source: https://time.com/, November 8, 2019
By: Mahita Gajanan

A Buffalo Wild Wings manager in Massachusetts died Thursday after being exposed to toxic fumes caused by a noxious combination of chemical cleaning products in the restaurant’s kitchen.

At least 13 others were hospitalized, officials say.…

November 8, 2019

Record number of Legionnaires’ cases in 2018 risk lives, cause cleanup headaches

Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/, November 8, 2019
By: Lauren Weber

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 7, 2019

Silica Lawsuits

Source: https://www.consumersafety.org/
By: Caitlin Hoff

The past few years have brought awareness to an old occupational health risk appearing in a modern industry. Workers who manipulate “engineered stone” countertops are falling ill with a disease known as silicosis. Silicosis is a potentially deadly disease that takes the lives of 100 American workers each year. As concern and awareness grow around the safety of handling “engineered stone,” many workers who frequently work with materials containing silica are filing silica dust exposure lawsuits. Read more.

November 7, 2019

Treatment plant discharging into Kennebec River processed runoff possibly laced with ‘forever chemicals’

Source: https://www.pressherald.com/, November 6, 2019
By: Kevin Miller

A wastewater treatment plant in Somerset County that discharges into the Kennebec River accepted more than 250,000 gallons of liquid runoff from a New Hampshire landfill that was potentially contaminated with the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

While the wastewater accounted for a small amount of the Anson-Madison Sanitary District’s total intake, the shipments of landfill “leachate” are the latest example of ways that the toxic chemicals could be seeping into rivers, streams and groundwater in Maine. Read more.

November 7, 2019

Dangerous contamination is pervasive in NJ drinking water, study says

Source: https://nj1015.com/, November 7, 2019
By: David Matthau

A new analysis finds dangerous and sometimes potentially toxic chemicals have been detected in drinking water supplies across the Garden State.

David Andrews, a senior scientist the Environmental Working Group, said a review of state and federal data was conducted “and we found that over 500 water systems have these ‘forever chemicals,’ often referred to as PFAS chemicals. These are really the Teflon and Scotch Guard chemical contaminants. Read more.

November 6, 2019

Enbridge could duck any Line 5 cleanup costs, study says

Source: Saginaw News (MI), November 5, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

Enbridge Energy’s pledges to cover cleanup costs from a Line 5 oil spill may not be legally enforceable, according to a risk analysis commissioned by the Whitmer administration.

“In the event of a catastrophic oil spill, the people of the state of Michigan could be left holding the bag for more than a billion dollars in unfunded liability,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. Her office and the state’s two environmental agencies asked for the report from the American Risk Management Resources Network, an environmental insurance broker.…

November 4, 2019

Hard Rock Hotel steelworker: Concrete supports removed too early in days before collapse

Source: https://www.nola.com/, November 1, 2019
By: David Hammer and John Simerman

The builders of the Hard Rock Hotel removed temporary support posts just three days after pouring heavy concrete on the building’s top floor, despite industry standards that say concrete should set for a bare minimum of two weeks, according to a steelworker who was on the 17th floor of the half-built hotel when it collapsed.…

November 4, 2019

Judge begins deliberations over ex-refinery owner’s groundwater contamination liability

Source: https://www.alaskapublic.org/, November 1, 2019
By: Tim Ellis

A judge has begun deliberation of a lawsuit filed five years ago by the State of Alaska against a former owner of the North Pole Refinery. The state seeks tens of millions of dollars from Williams Alaska Petroleum for contaminating the area’s groundwater and to help pay for cleanup and expansion of North Pole’s water system. Read more.