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Duke Energy Dump Spills Tons of Coal Ash in Florence Floods

Toxic coal ash from a shuttered Duke Energy plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, was released from a primitive dump as heavy rains from Hurricane Florence lashed the coast. As of Monday, the city of Wilmington was inaccessible by land due to widespread catastrophic flooding in the city and surrounding areas, so Duke Energy and state environmental officials haven’t determined how far the spilled coal ash – enough to fill about 180 dump trucks – has migrated. According to the Associated Press, the toxic coal ash from Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Station “likely flowed into the Cape Fear River.” With waterways ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

40 Californians Sue Monsanto, Alleging Roundup Cancers and Death

Environmental lawyer and activist Robert Kennedy Jr. has filed a lawsuit against agrochemical giant Monsanto on behalf of 40 plaintiffs who allege the company’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The complaint, filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California, seeks compensatory damages for wrongful death and personal injury allegedly stemming from exposure to the widely used herbicide, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared to be a “probable human carcinogen.” The lawsuit also names Wilbur Ellis Company LLC, a California-based vendor and distributer of Roundup, as a defendant and ... Read More

Oregon Lawmakers Confront Future Oil Train Disasters With New Safety Bills

Two new bills intended to protect the environment and communities from oil train disasters have been introduced in the Oregon legislature with strong support among environmentalists, Native American leaders, and others who believe not enough is being done to prevent or at least limit oil-train derailments and spills. Support for the bills has been fueled largely by the June 3 Union Pacific oil train derailment near Mosier, Oregon, which contaminated pristine forested areas with highly toxic and volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region. The spill and fire occurred alongside tracks paralleling the Columbia River, a swift-moving, cold-water salmon ... Read More

SoCalGas Repairing Natural Gas Line Break Near Fresno

Utility workers in Fresno County, California, are working to construct a bypass around a natural gas line that ruptured just west of Kingsburg, about 20 miles south of Fresno. ABC 30 Action News Fresno reports that the gas leak was discovered late last Friday but Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) Co. does not know how long the line had been releasing gas before it was discovered. SoCalGas, the state’s largest utility company, has not determined what caused the rupture, but it is looking into the possibility that the underground line may have been damaged by a farm tractor. No fires or ... 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

Trump’s Pipeline Order Risks Water Supply For 17 Million People, Tribal Leader Says

Donald Trump’s executive order granting approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through Native American land jeopardizes the water supply for 17 million people and disregards a longstanding treaty between the Sioux Nation and the U.S. government, Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said, vowing legal action to fight the newly elected president’s action. “President Trump is legally required to honor our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process,” Chairman Archambault said after news broke of the executive order, which he called “politically motivated.” “Americans know this pipeline was unfairly ... Read More

Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More

VA Grants Disability To Marines Sickened By Toxic Camp Lejeune Groundwater

In what was described by one high-ranking VA physician as a “major first,” the Department of Veterans Affairs has passed a new rule that allows U.S. Marines who were harmed by toxic groundwater at Camp Lejeune to receive government disability for injuries not sustained on the battlefield. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald said there is ample scientific and medical evidence establishing a strong link between contaminated groundwater supplies at Camp Lejeune from 1953 through 1987 and eight potentially deadly medical disorders. In the early ’80s, military officials discovered the presence of various volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, benzene, and ... Read More

SC Environmental Groups Sue Pipeline Owner Over 2014 Gas Spill

A pair of South Carolina environmental groups has filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan, alleging the Houston-based pipeline company is dragging its feet on cleanup of a 2014 pipeline breach that spilled 370,000 gallons of gasoline into an Anderson County waterway. Upstate Forever and Savannah Riverkeeper claim in their lawsuit that the 2014 spill continues to discharge harmful pollutants into a waterway that empties into three lakes and feeds the Savannah River, a major waterway that forms the border of South Carolina and Georgia. “More than two years after this spill was discovered, Kinder Morgan is still polluting the waters ... Read More