Differences Remain Over Addressing CAFO Compliance, Enforcement

Differences Remain Over Addressing CAFO Compliance, Enforcement

No one is completely satisfied with action this week from the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee on proposed fees and additional positions to oversee concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in Wisconsin. The growing number of large farms in the state has contributed to increasing concerns over the potential for pollution.

Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal would have raised annual pollution permit fees from $345 to $660, as well as institute … [more…]

“Fumes Across the Fence Line” – Causes and Effects of Environmental Racism

"Fumes Across the Fence Line” - Documenting the Causes and Effects of Environmental Racism, and Asking: What are the Next Steps?

A study released in November of 2017 produced by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and the National Medical Association (NMA) “Fumes Across the Fence-line” shows for the first time with empirical data that pollution disproportionately affects communities of color. The 36-page study links pollutants emitted by gas or oil facilities near communities of color to high rates of asthma … [more…]

Dirtiest week for water in EPA history

Photo: Dirtiest week for water in EPA history

Photo: © Getty Images

Before the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, our nation’s waters were in trouble. Lake Erie was virtually dead, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and the Androscoggin River in Maine was so polluted it peeled paint on nearby buildings. Many of America’s waters had become little more than lifeless, open sewers.

Nobody wants to return to the bad old days of polluted, dirty rivers. … [more…]

EPA applauds UL for storm water management efforts

Photo: University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Photo: Increasing the number of bioswales on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus is one objective outlined in its green infrastructure plan. The shallow troughs hold plants and other vegetation. They act as sieves to remove silt and contaminants from rainwater. Credit: Rachel Keyes/University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette made a splash with its storm water management plan.

Its plan – entitled The Ripple … [more…]

What is an ‘impaired’ waterway and why are so many in Pennsylvania?

What is an ‘impaired’ waterway and why are there so many of them in Pennsylvania?

Photo: Pennsylvania’s “Category 5” streams include the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers and many creeks, such as the Yellow Breeches in Cumberland County.

More than a third of Pennsylvania’s lakes and a fifth of its streams are impaired, meaning that pollution has (or should have, anyway) hindered their use for drinking water supplies, fishing, recreation or the aquatic life that call the waterways home.

Perhaps the best illustration of the scale … [more…]