Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

photo of damaged soybean crops. Despite A Ban, Arkansas Farmers Are Still Spraying Controversial Weedkiller

These soybeans were damaged in 2017 by dicamba, a popular weedkiller that’s prone to drifting into neighboring fields. Some farmers in the state are defying efforts by regulators to strictly limit use of the chemical. Dan Charles/NPR

The fields and back roads of eastern Arkansas were a crime scene this past summer. State inspectors stopped alongside fields to pick up dying weeds. They tested the liquids in farmers’ pesticide sprayers.

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Pipeline firm found guilty of criminal charges in Santa Barbara oil spill

Photo: cleaning oil-contaminated wildlife. Pipeline firm found guilty of criminal charges in Santa Barbara oil spill

Santa Barbara residents walk the oil-coated shore at Refugio State Beach looking for wildlife to rescue after a ruptured pipeline spilled barrels of crude oil in 2015. A jury returned guilty verdicts Friday against Plains All American Pipeline (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

For the record: An earlier version of this story, published Sept. 7 at 9:25 p.m., contained multiple errors, which have now been corrected. It said that … [more…]

A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How’s the water?

photo: A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How's the water?

Photo: Residents and officials on both sides of the border have expressed concerns about how the leachate percolating from the Coventry Landfill in Newport, Vt., is being treated before it gets discharged into Lake Memphremagog. (Rebecca Martel/CBC)

Lake Memphremagog is main water supply for many communities, but toxicity testing stopped in 2009

Plans for the expansion of a landfill in Vermont are seeing pushback from residents and environmental groups north … [more…]

Michael Moore’s Flint water movie claims county faked kids’ lead blood tests

photo: April Cook Hawkins. Michael Moore's Flint water movie claims county faked kids' lead blood tests

April Cook Hawkins takes her seat on stage during the live filming of a special "All In With Chris Hayes," which aired Wednesday, Sept. 13, on MSNBC. (Kaiti Sullivan | The Flint Journal)

FLINT, MI — A former Genesee County Health Department secretary is dropping a Flint water crisis bombshell, claiming her boss told her to falsify blood lead test results from Flint during the city’s water crisis.

April Cook-Hawkins … [more…]

The Unanticipated Benefits of California’s Water Policies

photo: irrigation in California. The Unanticipated Benefits of California’s Water Policies

Water drips from a leaking irrigation pipe in the west San Joaquin Valley. Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

From software to robots to technology originally designed to detect water on Mars, market-based policy approaches are spurring innovation, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.

Just as California’s climate policies have driven innovation in energy efficiency, renewable energy and battery storage – creating 500,000 new jobs – many of the … [more…]