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…]

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

Dioxane detected in Ann Arbor drinking water from Barton Pond for first time

ANN ARBOR, MI – Recent lab tests at Ann Arbor’s water treatment plant indicated 1,4-dioxane in the city’s surface water supply and in the finished drinking water.

Results from samples collected Feb. 6 estimated concentrations of 0.061 parts per billion at the city’s intake in Barton Pond and 0.030 ppb in the treated drinking water.

The city released the results on Friday, March 1, saying it’s important to let city … [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…]

‘A Civil Action’ Carcinogen Pollutes Tap Water Supplies for 14 Million Americans

map: trichloroethylene (TCE) in tap water supplies. ‘A Civil Action’ Carcinogen Pollutes Tap Water Supplies for 14 Million Americans

Under Trump, EPA Retreats From Proposed Ban on Key Uses of TCE

Drinking water supplies for 14 million Americans are contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial solvent made notorious by the book and film "A Civil Action," according to a new EWG analysis of tests from public utilities nationwide.

The chemical is trichloroethylene, or TCE. Under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is retreating from an earlier proposal to ban … [more…]

Penn State study: Spraying brine from drilling, fracking on roadways is hazardous

map: Penn State study: Spraying brine from drilling, fracking on roadways is hazardous

Spreading wastewater from non-shale oil and gas drilling and fracking on unpaved roads is a cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust and melt snow, but a Penn State University study says the practice has potentially high costs for human health and the environment.

The study, published in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology” last month, said the wastewater contains salts, radioactivity and organic contaminants “often many times higher than … [more…]