Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected what it called the extreme positions advanced by the parties and the administration, returning the case to an appeals court for reconsideration under a new standard. But the decision was on balance a victory for environmental groups, as it allowed at least some lawsuits over groundwater discharges. “This … More Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

Should Rivers Have Same Legal Rights As Humans? A Growing Number Of Voices Say Yes : NPR

“Environmental personhood” was once considered a fringe issue, but several countries have granted rivers within their borders legal person status. Bangladesh became the latest in July. — Read on http://www.npr.org/2019/08/03/740604142/should-rivers-have-same-legal-rights-as-humans-a-growing-number-of-voices-say-ye

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling – The New York Times

When Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Fortune returned from Iraq, his body battered by war, he assumed he’d be safe. Then the people around him began to get sick. His neighbors, all living near five military bases, complained of tumors, thyroid problems and debilitating fatigue. Soon, the Colorado health department announced an unusually high number of … More Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling – The New York Times

Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health | The NM Political Report

The 54-year-old second-generation dairy farmer learned last August that his water, his land, his crops – even the blood in his body – were contaminated with chemicals that migrated to his property from nearby Cannon Air Force Base. See all of NM Political Report’s coverage on PFAS contamination. The toxins, collectively known as PFAS, have caused rampant pollution on military installations, … More Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health | The NM Political Report

Arsenic, lead in water pouring out of former US mine sites

The pollution is a legacy of how the mining industry was allowed to operate in the U.S. for more than a century. Companies that built mines for silver, lead, gold and other “hardrock” minerals could move on once they were no longer profitable, leaving behind tainted water that still leaks out of the mines or … More Arsenic, lead in water pouring out of former US mine sites

Brazil miner Vale knew deadly dam had heightened risk of collapse

Vale’s internal October report placed the Brumadinho dam within an “attention zone,” saying that “all prevention and mitigation controls” should be applied.  A failure could cost the company $1.5 billion and had the potential to kill more than a hundred people, the report said. The dam was marked for decommissioning.  Nine other dams in Brazil, … More Brazil miner Vale knew deadly dam had heightened risk of collapse

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

There’s growing evidence that long-term exposure to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, can be dangerous, even in tiny amounts. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at how to respond to a public push for stricter regulation of the chemicals, in production since the 1940s. A decision is expected soon. apnews.com/78435c74856949f68f9b2a8a28931b74

Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey | Whidbey News-Times

The attorneys are seeking class action status and hope to add potentially thousands of other current and former Whidbey Island residents as plaintiffs in the lawsuit; the town of Coupeville is also a potential plaintiff, attorneys said. The law firm Edelson of San Francisco and Seattle attorney Robert Teel are representing Krista Jackson is the … More Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey | Whidbey News-Times

Hazardous Chemicals Called PFASs Have Contaminated Whidbey Island Residents; Drinking Water.  We may be able to help.

On February 5, 2019, attorney Robert Teel and the law firms Edelson P.C. and Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC sued five corporations that designed, produced, and distributed a firefighting foam call Aqueous Film Forming Foam (or AFFF) allegedly used at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and at the Naval Outlying Landing Field Coupeville on Whidbey Island. The … More Hazardous Chemicals Called PFASs Have Contaminated Whidbey Island Residents; Drinking Water.  We may be able to help.

Navy finds toxic contaminants in Whidbey Island water

Source: Chemical plume in groundwater extends from Navy base to city | Whidbey News-Times A mile-long plume of a chemical that’s a likely carcinogen has migrated in groundwater from a contaminated site at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to within Oak Harbor city limits.  No drinking water wells are in imminent danger since the residents … More Navy finds toxic contaminants in Whidbey Island water