E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

Photo: Andrew Wheeler. E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

Photo: Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Capitol Hill in March. Credit… Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will not impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage, … [more…]

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…]

Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

photo: Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

The news out of Flint, Michigan brought the issue of contaminated drinking water into sharp focus, as it was revealed that officials at every level—local, state and federal—knew about lead-poisoned water for months but did nothing to address the problem.

Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than … [more…]

DoD admits water at U.S. military bases contains cancer-causing chemicals

photo: military soldier drinking bottled water. DoD admits water at U.S. military bases contains cancer causing chemicals

U.S. Army photo

If you live on a military base and only drink bottled water, you’ve probably made a good call. A recently released report from the Department of Defense shows that a number of military installations are plagued with unsafe drinking water that can cause illness and fertility issues — and the government tried to cover it up.

The water (be it drinking water or groundwater) appears to be … [more…]

Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations

photo: Victorville, California - Military bases' contamination will affect water for generations

For decades, day-to-day military operations have contaminated the water at bases across the country, including the now-defunct George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. (Briana Smith/News21)

VICTORVILLE, CA — Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that

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