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Plano residents worried about groundwater contamination

The residents of Plano, Texas are becoming increasingly concerned about the contamination of the soil and groundwater in their own yards. Residents living within a half mile of the former ARCO oil and gas company, which is now the site of a Dell, Inc. operation, have received a letter from the city advising an adoption of a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD), warning them against using the soil and groundwater around their home. “The purpose of an MSD ordinance is to restrict access to and prohibit the use of the groundwater directly below the Designated Property and to protect public health ... Read More

100 Years of Pollution Discovered Beneath Fort Worth Auto Pound

An investigation by FOX 4 in Fort Worth, Texas, led to the discovery of 100 years of chemical pollution buried beneath Fort Worth Auto Pound. The investigation was sparked by a viewer questioning the red stain leading into the Trinity River found on a Google Maps satellite image. The spot has been dubbed the “Brennan site” because it is located near Brennan Avenue and Northside Drive. The trough from which the red stain spills is designed to channel rainwater through the industrial site and into the river. But because the City of Fort Worth stores impounded vehicles and industrial products on the site, toxins ... Read More

Report: Battery Recycling Plant Released Toxins into Air and Soil for Decades

A now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant located in Vernon, Calif., has been releasing major air pollution and toxic dust for decades, harmfully contaminating as many as 10,000 surrounding homes, according to researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC (University of Southern California). Faculty from the medical school have been studying the possible health effects to residents who live near the defunct facility. Contaminates that have been detected are lead, arsenic, benzene, and toxic gasses. Exposure to lead in any amount can be harmful, particularly to young children’s brain development. Pregnant women can pass lead exposure to her ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More

Judge finds TVA liable for December 2008 coal ash spill

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) did not build its holding ponds according to plan, did not train its inspectors to ensure the stability of the dikes, and did not properly maintain its Kingston, Tenn., facility in order to prevent one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, a U.S. District judge ruled Thursday. TVA will be held liable for the December 2008 coal ash spill that dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge onto a neighboring community. The ruling allows the hundreds of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits against the TVA to move one step closer to recovering for ... Read More

Trial underway to determine liability in TVA coal ash spill litigation

U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan began preliminary matters Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., regarding the massive coal ash spill that dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge from a TVA storage pond into the Emory River and surrounding community on Dec. 22, 2008. The toxic tidal wave poured from a breached containment pond at the Kingston Plant and affected hundreds of people who made their home in nearby Roane County, Tenn. This trial will determine liability in the case, but will not address damages at this time. According to a news report by the Associated Press, “The Environmental Protection Agency has ... Read More

Traditional morning sickness remedy found to contain lead, arsenic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services are warning consumers, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, to avoid a traditional remedy for morning sickness known as Nzu because it contains high levels of lead and arsenic, which can lead to adverse effects of the unborn child’s brain and nervous system and increase one’s risk of cancers of the urinary bladder, lungs and skin. Nzu is sold at African specialty stores and is also known by the name Calabash clay, Calabar stone, Mabele, Argile and La Craie. It resembles balls of clay or ... Read More

TVA’s new chairman says coal ash disaster must not happen again

The new chairman for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) says the disastrous coal ash spill that dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic material on to an east Tennessee community and into the Emory River must never happen again, according to WHNT-TV. Kentucky baker and former Republican Party chairman Mike Duncan, who has signed on to oversee the nation’s largest utility, made the comment at the board’s meeting earlier this week. He said the agency is already facing an uphill battle with lower electric sales from the downturn in the economy and mounting costs to clean up the mess ... Read More

Proposal to store coal ash could bring jobs to Cumberland County

Not everyone is trying to keep the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from dumping coal ash on its property. One company wants the TVA to pay them to haul and hold coal ash in its Cumberland County strip mine. TVA has been involved in a massive cleanup effort ever since its Kingston, Tennessee coal ash impoundment pond burst last December and dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash on to 300 acres of a neighboring community and into the Emory River. No end seems to be in the near future for the country’s largest public utility, which says ... Read More

Family worries about cattle, health, livelihood after coal ash spill

Even though the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is monitoring the air and water near Kingston, Tennessee, for dangerous levels of toxins, Sandy Gupton takes water samples from the flooding on her farm just to be sure. “Our farm is the largest acreage affected,” said Sandy’s husband Terry in an interview to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “TVA does not want to admit that the spill has devastated our lives, tainted our land and reduced our livelihood to a fraction of what it was before the spill.” The Guptons herd Gelvy cattle on their land, and worried for their cattle’s safety ... Read More