As Residents Return, The Wildfire-Struck Town Of Paradise Struggles To Provide Clean Water

photo: flames from Paradise, California's Camp Fire

The town of Paradise is still a disaster zone with only six percent of the debris from last year’s destructive Camp Fire hauled away, but more and more residents are returning to their homes as the government braces for the challenges facing them now and in the future, according to National Public Radio.

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, leaving large patches of … [more…]

Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

Aerial photo: City Of Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

David J. Phillip/AP This March 18, 2019, file photo shows firefighters battling the massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC).

The company testing the water supply detected the dangerous chemical on March 31.

The company testing Deer Park’s drinking water supply in the aftermath of the massive fire at a petrochemical facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) detected a trace amount … [more…]

After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water

photo: Tubbs wildfire destroyed homes, may release chemical contaminants

Photo: The ruins of houses destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew / Getty Images file

At least 65 percent of the public water supply in the Western U.S. comes from fire-prone areas, and wildfires can taint water with toxins and parasites.

Gerald and Serene Buhrz were among the lucky ones.

When they fled their home at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 8, … [more…]

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Some Santa Rosa Drinking Water

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Some Santa Rosa Drinking Water

Some drinking water in Santa Rosa remains undrinkable months after the North Bay fires, and pressure is mounting on the city’s water department to locate and control the cause. “The city is very interested to get people back and rebuilt into their homes, of course, as soon as possible,” says Bennett Horenstein, the City of Santa Rosa’s Water Director.

Fire savaged the neighborhood around Fountaingrove parkway last October. Where more … [more…]

How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World

photo: Spam can pollution deep in the Marianas Trench, global pollution

Deep in the Mariana Trench, at depths lower than the Rockies are high, rests a tin of reduced-sodium Spam. NOAA scientists caught sight of it last year near the mouth of the Mariana’s Sirena Deep. It isn’t an isolated incursion, but it was nevertheless startling, the sight of those timeless golden letters bright against the deep ocean bottom.

Shortly after came news from another team of scientists who had found … [more…]