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Days After a Pipeline Spill, Nebraska Gives Keystone XL Final Approval to Build

November 20, 2017 Nebraska state regulators approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the state in a 3-2 vote on Monday (Nov. 20), removing the last permitting hurdle for the $8 billion project after nine years of controversy and delay. If completed, the Keystone XL would move oil-sands crude...

A New Analysis of 4-Year-Old Data Shows the EPA Is Ignoring a Lot of Toxins in US Drinking Water

November 8, 2017 It takes a lot to convince the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

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Analysis: EPA Is Still Ignoring Toxins In U.S. Drinking Water

November 7, 2017 It takes a lot to convince the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

Study: PFOA Is in a Higher Percentage of U.S. Drinking Water Than Previously Thought

November 7, 2017 It takes a lot to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to limit how much of a toxin can legally show up in America’s drinking water. The threshold for determining probable human harm is very high, and even if harm is detected, the toxin has to show up in enough...

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The White House’s New Climate-Change Report Directly Conflicts Trump’s Stance

November 6, 2017 The US published a much-anticipated report on climate change Friday (Nov. 3), coauthored by 13 federal agencies, that unequivocally confirms three conclusions: We are living in the warmest period in modern civilization The excessive warming is due to human activity Without swift and dramatic action to curb emissions, average global...

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

November 2, 2017 Throughout his campaign and into his first year as president, Donald Trump vowed to bring back US coal jobs and revitalize the dying industry. He heralded the opening of the first new coal mine of his era this summer as a fulfillment of his campaign promises. The Acosta mine, owned...

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The EPA Blocked Its Own Scientists From Presenting Their Climate Research

October 24, 2017 What was set to be a regional conference on the ecology of a New England watershed turned into a yet another spectacle of the Trump administration’s fixation on scrubbing mentions of climate change from the federal lexicon. This time, instead of rewriting web pages or deleting data, the US Environmental...

2M Americans Drink High Levels of Arsenic in Their Well Water

October 18, 2017 In patches all over the US, an ancient layer of sediment in the Earth’s crust is rich in arsenic, a chemical element toxic to humans. And some 2 million people drawing water from private wells in the US may be getting exposed to it in levels above the legal limit,...

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Puerto Ricans Desperate For Water Are Drinking From Superfund Sites

October 13, 2017 More than three weeks since Hurricane Maria, more than a third of Puerto Ricans still don’t have access to drinking water. So some are turning to wells at Superfund sites on the island—areas designated the most toxic in US territory. The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email Thursday (Oct 12)...

Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

September 14, 2017 In an effort to combat the swarms of mosquitoes apparently making mating grounds out of the standing water left behind from Hurricane Harvey, Texas has called in the big planes. The state asked the US Air Force to spray 6 million acres in the state with insecticide from in its...