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Shell Chemical To Reduce Benzene, Other Pollutants at Louisiana Facility

Toxic benzene and other harmful emissions will be drastically reduced in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, thanks to a $10 million settlement between Shell Chemical LP and federal and state authorities who accused the chemical corporation of illegally discharging tons of air pollutants. The settlement comes in the form of a consent decree requiring Shell Chemical to invest $10 million in the installation and operation of air pollution control and monitoring technology at the company’s Norco, Louisiana chemical plant. The equipment is expected to reduce annual benzene emissions by about 18 tons per year and other environmentally harmful volatile organic compounds ... 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

Taos, NM Choked By Air Pollution From Runway Paving Project

The town of Taos, N.M., has been enshrouded for weeks in a noxious smog emanating from a runway paving project at Taos Regional Airport, raising concerns that benzene and a spectrum of other life-threatening chemical compounds and heavy metals are harming local residents and the environment. “If you’re so inclined to take a drive out to the Gorge, you will be treated not only to the beauty of the mesa, but also a noxious belching smoke stack from about 8 a.m. to the late afternoon,” the Taos News said in a recent report. “One will also be able to see that ... Read More

Researchers work to determine if Fracking Could Be Contaminating South Texas Water Wells

An environmental study published earlier this month in the journal Science of the Total Environment found dozens of water wells in South Texas are contaminated with toxic compounds associated with oil and gas extraction and production. In the study, scientists from Dallas-based Inform Environmental, the University of Texas at Arlington, Tarleton State, the University of North Texas, and Ohio State took samples from 77 private water wells in the Eagle Ford Shale oil field spanning six South Texas counties. The researchers found signs of dissolved gas present in the water, abnormal chloride/bromide ratios indicative of contamination, and volatile organic compounds ... Read More

New Study Demonstrates The Power Of Common Houseplants In Cleaning Up Air Pollution

Common houseplants may be much more effective in removing volatile organic compounds and other pollutants harmful to humans from the air than ventilation systems, according to a new study. Dr. Vadoud Niri, who teaches analytical chemistry at the State University of New York at Oswego, told the Washington Post the idea for the study of houseplants as air cleaners came to him when he went into a nail salon with his wife and immediately walked out because he could smell the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. VOCs are compounds that easily change from liquid form to vapor. Common ... Read More

Giant Methane Hotspot Over Four Corners Attributed To Oil and Gas Industry

A giant methane hotspot looming over the Four Corners area of the Southwest put the oil and gas industry on the defensive when NASA first reported on it two years ago, even though the source was undetermined then. According to Earthworks staff member Pete Dronkers, the big oil and gas polluters immediately started pointing fingers at landfills and claiming that natural seeps were responsible for the all the methane. But last week, NASA followed up its original report with another one specifically identifying 250 spots where all the methane is coming from. Those sources include gas well pads, storage tanks, ... Read More