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October 10, 2019

Colorado Lawmakers Call For More Federal Money To Clean Up Chemical Contamination From PFAS

Source: https://www.cpr.org, October 8, 2019
By: Dan Boyce

Local environmental activists and state lawmakers gathered near Colorado Springs on Tuesday to call for more federal support to clean up toxic chemical contamination near some of the state’s military bases, including the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Firefighting foams used regularly on military bases for decades leached per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances into local groundwater supplies. In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a health advisory warning of a connection between PFAS chemicals and certain types of cancer.  Read more.

October 10, 2019

Here’s why the Passaic County courthouse project is way over budget

Source: https://www.northjersey.com/, October 10, 2019
By: Richard Cowen

Restoration of one of Passaic County’s “sickest” buildings, the 120-year-old county courthouse annex, is behind schedule and running $2 million over budget due mainly to asbestos removal, officials say.

Built in 1899, the annex is so loaded with asbestos that workers are still removing the cancer-causing material more than a year after they began gutting the building. The contractor, H&S Construction and Mechanical of Elizabeth, has submitted 26 change orders since the project began in 2017, raising the cost of the contract from $8 million to $10 million.  Read more.

October 8, 2019

Residents worried after manure leaks into Darke County stream

Source: https://www.whio.com, October 8, 2019

Thousands of fish have turned up dead after manure used for farming leaked into the waterways.

People who live in the area say they’re worried for their own health after seeing multiple environmental agencies testing water near their homes.

Several residents said they noticed the Ohio EPA, the ODA and Darke County Soil and Water testing the stream.

Joey Schmitmeyer said officials told him a farmer used 650-gallons of manure on a field, which wasn’t tilled, and it ran off into a local stream. Read more.

October 8, 2019

Sampling finds highest contamination from ‘forever chemicals’ in a stream near Madison’s Truax Field

Source: https://www.jsonline.com, October 8, 2019
By: Lee Bergquist

A first round of sampling of hazardous chemicals by state environmental investigators found the highest concentrations in a Madison stream and in the Wisconsin River near Rhinelander.

The Department of Natural Resources said Monday it found varying levels of contamination from perfluorinated chemicals, known generically as PFAS, in five locations identified earlier this year as probable locations.   Read more.

October 8, 2019

TOXIC PFAS CHEMICALS FOUND IN ARTIFICIAL TURF

Source: https://theintercept.com, October 8, 2019
By: Sharon Lerner

PFAS CHEMICALS HAVE been identified in synthetic turf, according to lab tests performed on several samples of the artificial grass that were shared with The Intercept. The presence of the chemicals, members of a class that has been associated with multiple health problems, including cancer, adds to growing concerns about the grass replacement that covers many thousands of acres in parks, schools, professional sports stadiums, and practice fields around the U.S. Read more.

October 8, 2019

Bacteria hiding in South Carolina marsh cleans up pollution

Source: https://www.advisen.com, October 7, 2019

South Carolina’s pluff mud, the slick, dark muck that will swallow shoes whole, makes up much of the state’s coastal marshes. The smell, depending on whom you ask, is either the sweet smell of home or an awful stink.

But the mud holds a secret that could help clean up environmental contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, a pollutant that’s known to cause cancer and other serious health problems in animals. It’s suspected to do the same in humans. Read more.

October 8, 2019

3 babies have died from bacterial infection at a Pennsylvania hospital

Source: https://www.cnn.com, October 8, 2019
By: Theresa Waldrop and Elizabeth Joseph

Three infants have died and five others have become ill from a waterborne bacterial infection at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Pennsylvania hospital, a spokesman said.

One baby is still receiving treatment and four others have recovered, said Geisinger Medical Center spokesman Joseph Stender. Read more.
October 7, 2019

Hot Tub Displays at North Carolina Fair Likely Cause of Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com, October 7, 2019

North Carolina health officials say hot tub displays inside a building at a fair are likely to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease last month.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said on its webpage Thursday that early findings show that people diagnosed with the disease likely visited the Davis Event Center at the Mountain State Fair last month and walked by the hot tub displays. Read more.

October 4, 2019

One of the worst spots for these cancer-causing chemicals is in N.J.

Source: https://www.nj.com, October 4, 2019
By: Michael Sol Warren

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is a national hot spot of pollution.

It’s among the 100 U.S. military bases most-contaminated by PFAS pollution, according to a list compiled by the advocacy organization Environmental Working Group. It is the only military installation in New Jersey that cracks the list. Read more.

October 3, 2019

Officials under fire for not publicizing high PFAS levels in Lake Monona after substation fire

Source: https://www.kenoshanews.com, October 3, 2019
By: Chris Hubbuch

An environmental watchdog is criticizing state and local officials for not doing more to warn the public that potentially dangerous levels of hazardous chemicals made their way into Lake Monona in the days after the July 19 transformer explosion in Downtown Madison.

Water samples collected on July 25 at storm sewer outlets near a popular shoreline fishing area showed high concentrations of fluorinated chemicals — broadly referred to as PFAS — that could build up in fish. Read more.