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3M Underreported Toxic Emissions To Alabama For Years

3M Co. grossly underreported the levels of toxic PFOS and PFOA chemicals it discharged into the Tennessee River from its Decatur, Alabama plant, the company disclosed in a letter to Alabama regulators. The company told the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that it underreported the level of chemical releases over a period of about three and a half years, ending in mid-2016. 3M’s admission comes as lawsuits against the manufacturer continue to mount, most of them filed by individuals who developed cancer and other serious health problems allegedly brought on by exposure to the 3M chemicals. 3M used perfluorooctane ... Read More

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now headed by Scott Pruitt, an outspoken foe of environmentally friendly measures, signed a proposal last week to repeal a 2015 rule intended to protect the nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Rule was adopted by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to combat the rising tide of pollution entering larger rivers and other navigable bodies of water via intermittent streams, ponds, and other waterways. The rule, which is often called the “Waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS rule, was stayed in court before it ever took effect due to legal challenges ... Read More

DuPont Reaches $670.7 Million Agreement Resolving PFOA chemical pollution claims

DuPont and spinoff company Chemours have agreed to a $670.7 million settlement resolving a long-running environmental pollution lawsuit that allegedly exposed thousands of Mid-Ohio River Valley residents to a spectrum of cancers and other life-threatening diseases. The settlement comes as welcome news to other communities affected by ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) pollution. DuPont used PFOA in its Washington Works Factory to make fluorine-based polymers that form the basis for thousands of nonstick and waterproof products, including Teflon, Stainmaster, and Gore-Tex fabric. PFOA, also called C-8, was made and used by DuPont and its affiliates for decades. Over time, dangerously high levels of ... Read More

New Year Brings New Benzene Monitoring Requirements for Wyoming town

Jackson, Wyo., is best known for Jackson Hole, an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing and more. Recently, however, a new concern has been raised about the environment, particularly in the Karns Meadow area. Benzene has been discovered in a municipal well, a drinking water supply for Jackson. In a routine sampling that occurs once every three years, the amount of benzene found exceeded more than three times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detection level that signals a need for more frequent testing. Although the benzene was detected last July, the EPA didn’t notify the town until December. The ... Read More

Senate Passes $9.4 Billion Bill To Fund Water Infrastructure Projects

The Senate passed a waterways bill Thursday authorizing nearly $9.5 billion in emergency funding to repair and improve water infrastructures across the U.S. in communities like Flint, Mich., that have lead-contaminated water supplies. The bi-partisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) passed the Senate 94-3 after the White House put pressure on Republican legislators to do something to help the people of Flint, the flood victims in Louisiana, and others throughout the country at risk of contaminated drinking water, failing levees, and other water-related infrastructures in disrepair. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) applauded the Senate for pushing the urgently needed bill through. ... Read More

Duke Energy agrees to coal ash spill cleanup plan with federal officials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it and Duke Energy of North Carolina agreed on a plan to clean up the energy company’s massive coal ash spill that flooded the Dan River with about 40,000 tons of toxic coal waste February 2. According to the terms of the agreement, the EPA will supervise Duke Energy’s spill cleanup efforts. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and federal wildlife officials will also provide input and consultation. Duke is required to reimburse the EPA for all costs the agency incurs in ... Read More

Duke Energy says customers will pay its hefty coal ash cleanup costs

Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good said that its customers will pay the costs of cleaning up dozens of the company’s toxic waste sites throughout North Carolina, many of which are contaminating the groundwater with arsenic and heavy metals. Last week, a North Carolina Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Southern Environmental Law Center, ordering Duke to take “immediate action” to stop its 33 coal ash ponds across the state from further contaminating the groundwater with arsenic, mercury, lead, and several other toxic heavy metals and contaminants. The order was issued after one of Duke’s coal ash ponds spilled ... Read More

Toxic coal ash sludge blankets more than 70 miles of riverbed, lake bottoms

While North Carolina environmental regulators have been downplaying the risks posed by Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill, U.S. officials said Tuesday that the highly toxic coal ash has coated the bottom of the Dan River up to 70 miles downstream of the spill site. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that near Duke Energy’s Dan River facility, the toxic sludge has formed a giant pile 75 feet long and 5 feet deep. More than 82,000 tons of coal ash containing arsenic, heavy metals, and other toxins flowed into the Dan River Feb. 2 from a 27-acre ash pond ... Read More

N.C. toxic coal ash cleanup mired in political interests

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge last week to throw out its own proposed settlement with Duke Energy over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. The state agency requested the action the day after an Associated Press (AP) story was published, describing the settlement as a “sweetheart deal” between state regulators and Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electrical company. The proposed settlement would have had Duke pay fines of just $99,111 for pollution that spilled from coal ash dumps in Asheville and Charlotte. State regulators and Duke reached the settlement before ... Read More

North Carolina power plant spills tons of toxic coal ash into river

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte-based energy supplier blamed a broken storm water pipe at a shuttered power plant for spilling up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River near the Virginia border. Duke Energy Corp. said that coal ash, a waste product created  by burning coal to generate electricity, spilled into the river from a 27-acre ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station about 30 miles north of Greensboro. The plant has been inactive since 2012, but the site was never cleaned up. The company said that a 48-inch pipe underneath the ash pond broke ... Read More