ADEM brought into Fruithurst cancer investigation – Alabama

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FRUITHURST, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is now involved in the cancer cluster investigation going on in Fruithurst, Alabama. After eight people, including four children were diagnosed with similar cancers in the small community of Fruithurst, Christy Hiett, a local elementary school principal, started looking for the cause. It led her to a closed rubber compounding facility with a spotty record of reporting to ADEM.… [more…]

U.S. Steel dumps more toxic chromium near Lake Michigan, faces lawsuit

U.S. Steel dumps more toxic chromium near Lake Michigan, faces lawsuit

Six months after U.S. Steel dumped a plume of toxic metal into a Lake Michigan tributary, the company quietly reported another spill at the same northwest Indiana plant and asked state environmental regulators to keep it secret, according to newly released documents.

The 56.7 pounds of chromium released in late October by the company’s Midwest Plant was 89 percent higher than its water pollution permit allows over 24 hours, U.S. … [more…]

Dry cleaners’ solvents taint Martinsville’s water

The dry cleaning industry’s use of environmentally hazardous solvents is declining, but the legacy of “perc” is an expensive one that will haunt cities such as Martinsville for decades. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the Morgan County seat on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.

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The contamination forced the city’s water utility to install … [more…]