The EPA can’t wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

The EPA can't wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

Photo: Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene. – Kyle Johnson for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Bunker Hill Mine deposited 75 million tons of toxic sludge in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the lead and zinc are still flowing.

For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower. Starting in the 1880s, through the rise of … [more…]

Study: Fewer pregnancies, more fetal deaths in Flint after lead levels rose in water

photo: Flint water tower; Study: Fewer pregnancies, more fetal deaths in Flint after lead levels rose in water

Kansas University assistant professor of economics David Slusky explains his study of the Flint water crisis’ impact on fertility rates and fetus deaths in the city. Babies born in Flint after switch to river water also nearly 150 grams lighter than those born in other areas of Michigan, and gained less weight.

The city of Flint saw fewer pregnancies, and a higher number of fetal deaths, during the period women

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No One Has the Data to Prevent the Next Flint

photo: No One Has the Data to Prevent the Next Flint

Jim WEST/REPORT DIGITAL-REA/Redux

You have no real way of knowing if your town, your family, or your children face the kind of water contamination that exposed everyone in Flint, Michigan, to lead poisoning. Not because Flint is an outlier — it may, in fact, be the norm — but because no one has enough data to say for sure.

Five state and local officials in Flint face involuntary manslaughter charges … [more…]

America has a water crisis no one is talking about

America has a water crisis no one is talking about

Access to clean water is a basic human right. Yet for 14 million US households, or 12 percent of homes, water bills are too expensive. And as the cost of water rises, even more Americans are at risk of not being able to pay their monthly water bill. According to a paper from researchers at Michigan State University, water prices will have to increase by 41 percent in the next

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Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

A study just released finds Floridians were exposed to unsafe drinking water, ranking second in the nation for most violations reported. The environmental nonprofit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, found — based on violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act — Florida was just behind Texas for most violations when ranked by population served for 2015.

The study finds the top violations by population were:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. New
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