Are you drinking PFASs?

According to a study by Harvard University, more than 16 million residents in America regularly drink water that is contaminated with toxic chemicals from military and industrial sites. The toxic chemicals in question are poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances – also known as PFASs.

Typically used in fire retardants, oil & water repellents, furniture, waterproof clothes and non-stick cookware, the high number of PFASs found in drinking water is a concern … [more…]

Members of Congress to question EPA, DoD on ‘forever chemicals’

video screenshot: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Video screenshot, click link below to view: Exposure to some types of PFAS linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages, developmental issues, and cancer.

Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are increasingly raising concerns the government has not done enough to handle chemical contamination from military bases, airports and industrial sites around the country.

In the first of several expected hearings targeting the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump … [more…]

The Death of the Delaware River

historical photo

A photo circa 1965 showing an outfall pier being built on the Schuylkill River, where it flows into the Delaware River. Prior to the Clean Water Act, little regulation existed to halt industrial pollution and raw sewage from flowing into the nation’s waterways. (PWD archival photo)

Joe Newton would fish on the Delaware River every day if he could. “It depends on the weather and the conditions and the like,” … [more…]

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Water Quality and Emerging Pollutants: addressing new global challenges

Published 03.12.2018 – UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Emerging pollutants are commonly defined as synthetic or naturally-occurring chemicals or microorganisms that are not commonly monitored or regulated in the environment, yet which have potentially adverse effects on ecological and human health. The sources of emerging pollutants are many, ranging from pharmaceuticals and personal care products, to agricultural pesticides, micro-plastics and household and industrial chemicals.

On 27 November 2018, a three-day Asia … [more…]

“They lied to us” about contaminated groundwater, say residents near Ford’s Livonia plant

photo: Monica O'Connor and Bruce Tenniswood.

Photo: Monica O’Connor and Bruce Tenniswood on the porch of her Alden Village home. Credit: Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Two years ago, residents of Alden Village, a small subdivision directly east of Ford Motor Company’s Livonia Transmission, got a letter from the automaker.

It was not good news.

A plume of groundwater contaminated with vinyl chloride and trichlorethylene — both known carcinogens — had moved off plant property, and … [more…]