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    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    Amid National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, 15 U.S. Senators are appealing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for increased measures that will protect people from lead in tap water.  The senators, led by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), are asking for a lower threshold of lead […]

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a civil rights investigation into whether or not the state of Mississippi discriminated against its capital city of Jackson by failing to fix its outdated water infrastructure.  The city of Jackson, which is more than 80 percent Black, suffered a water crisis this August after flooding led […]

    Boston Bans Astro Turf, Which Is Linked to Forever Chemicals

    Boston Bans Astro Turf, Which Is Linked to Forever Chemicals

    Boston has become the largest municipality in the U.S. to ban astro turf in city parks.  The reason? The artificial grass is made with the toxic forever chemicals known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are linked to a host of negative health effects from cancer to immune suppression to reproductive problems. “The city has a […]

    Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

    Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

    A new report from nonprofit Environment America analyzed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data and found that Texas is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for discharging of toxic pollutants into streams, rivers and lakes.  Environment America has been producing the report since 2009. Since the first analysis of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory […]

    EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

    EPA Launches New Environmental Justice Office

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new office focused on solving environmental problems in marginalized communities.  The agency announced the formation of the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights on Saturday, a move it said was in keeping with President Joe Biden’s environmental priorities.  “From day one, President Biden and […]

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Five years of research, more than 40 studies, and over 30,000 samples reveal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called “forever chemicals,” are present in umbilical cord blood. Further, many of the studies linked PFAS in umbilical cord blood with health issues of the fetus during the parent’s pregnancy, in childhood, and as adults. “Even before […]