In 2020, University of California (UC), Santa Barbara, scientist David Valentine used a deep-sea robot to confirm that the largest dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) maker in the U.S. had dumped tens of thousands of barrels of the toxic pesticide off the Los Angeles coast. “Holy crap. This is real,” Valentine told the Los Angeles Times of his […]
Less than two weeks after train cars filled with hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio and caught fire, a truck carrying nitric acid crashed on a major highway outside Tucson, Arizona, killing the driver and releasing toxic chemicals into the air.
Following a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio on February 3, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken control over the situation, ordering the rail company Norfolk Southern to conduct cleanup actions and cover costs related to the incident. The EPA’s order, which is legally binding, requires Norfolk Southern to identify and clean up […]
On February 14, a commercial truck tractor hauling a trailer hit the highway median and rolled onto I-10 in Arizona, outside of Tucson. The deadly collision led to the spill of hazardous materials, which leaked from the commercial truck tractor. The vehicle was found to be carrying liquid nitric acid, which, according to the Centers […]
More concerns have been raised in Ohio following a train that derailed while containing hazardous chemicals. In addition to health concerns for local residents, officials now say that the train was passing through Ohio without being labeled as hazardous. In a news conference on Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that the train was not […]
At around 9 p.m. local time on Friday, Feb. 3, a freight train transporting 20 cars worth of hazardous materials derailed in the town of East Palestine, Ohio, near the state’s border with Pennsylvania. The derailment sparked a fire and forced 1,500 to 2,000 people to evacuate. It also raised concerns about the lingering public […]
The crackle and glow of a wood stove may be comforting, but the pollution it produces is pretty frightening. Burning wood releases high levels of toxins into the environment, creating localized pollution hot spots. Even in newer wood stoves that are certified, many of the harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke are emitted by wood […]