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3M to Pay Minnesota $850M in Surprise Settlement Over Chemical Disposal

3M to Pay Minnesota $850M in Surprise Settlement Over Chemical Disposal

On Tuesday, a trial over Minnesota’s $5 billion lawsuit against manufacturer 3M Company—the biggest environmental lawsuit in state history—was set to begin with jury selection. But on that very same day, the Maplewood-based manufacturer agreed to an $850 million settlement, finally putting an end to eight years of litigation over the water pollution case. The […]

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    Erin Brockovich Meets With Oklahoma Residents Impacted by Human-Induced Earthquakes

    Erin Brockovich Meets With Oklahoma Residents Impacted by Human-Induced Earthquakes

    As Pawnee, Oklahoma still picks up the pieces from September’s record-breaking earthquake, environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich and lawyers from Weitz & Luxenberg have traveled to the Sooner State to speak with residents about the alarming number of induced earthquakes affecting the area. https://twitter.com/EcoWatch/status/773265817152684032 Meetings were held in Pawnee and Cushing on Thursday. The […]

    America’s Lead Crisis Continues: Chicago Parks Shut Off Drinking Fountains After Tests Find High Levels of Lead

    America’s Lead Crisis Continues: Chicago Parks Shut Off Drinking Fountains After Tests Find High Levels of Lead

    Nearly 20 percent of the water fountains in Chicago parks tested positive for excess levels of lead in the water and have been shut down by the Chicago Park District.

    Hundreds of drinking fountains in Chicago parks have been shut off after testing revealed high levels of lead in the water.CBS Chicago

    Of the 1,891 outdoor fountains in city parks, 445 exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level of 15 parts per billion. Another 14 of 544 indoor water fountains were contaminated as well. However, the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule refers primarily to municipal water systems, not single source supplies. The rule requires that […]

    The Movie Every American Must See Before Nov. 8

    The Movie Every American Must See Before Nov. 8

    Just weeks before the U.S. presidential election, filmmaker Anthony Baxter will release a sequel to his award-winning film, You’ve Been Trumped. You’ve Been Trumped Too, shot in Scotland and the U.S., features the real-life stories of Molly and Michael Forbes, who became nationally-recognized Scottish folk heroes after opposing a controversial Trump golf development in their […]

    18 Reasons Why We Must Invest in America’s Infrastructure

    18 Reasons Why We Must Invest in America’s Infrastructure

    In Monday’s debate, Hillary Clinton pledged to spend $275 billion investing in America’s infrastructure. Donald Trump doubled down, promises lots more. On Tuesday the Senate failed to pass a bill to keep the government open because Democrats insisted—and Republicans rejecting—inclusion of a modest $220 million to repair the toxic contamination in the Flint, Michigan public […]

    Congress: Flint Residents Can Wait for Clean Water

    Congress: Flint Residents Can Wait for Clean Water

    By Deirdre Fulton

    Lawmakers have come up with a compromise to avoid a potential government shutdown and provide long-awaited aid for Flint, Michigan—though the band-aid measure will still keep that community, which has been grappling with a lead-contamination crisis for more than two years, waiting for funds at least until November. How did we have so much money […]

    Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water of 218 Million Americans

    Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water of 218 Million Americans

    By Bill Walker

    Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film, Erin Brockovich, which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound—and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way. The […]

    Erin Brockovich Calls on EPA to Finally Set Standard for Carcinogen Found in Millions of Americans’ Tap Water

    Erin Brockovich Calls on EPA to Finally Set Standard for Carcinogen Found in Millions of Americans’ Tap Water

    As news about North Carolina’s governor and his administration downplaying the risks of drinking water contaminated with hexavalent chromium unfolds, two leading environmental health advocates are pushing the Obama administration to finally set a nationwide standard for the highly toxic chemical. Erin Brockovich, a noted environmental health advocate and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) President […]