California hit hard as Trump weakens clean water protections

California will be hit hard as Trump administration weakens clean water protections

Photo: Under the new rule, the Clean Water Act’s protections would no longer apply to most small streams and wetlands, including those that are considered vital parts of drinking-water systems and fisheries. Above is Owens Valley. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Defying environmentalists and public health advocates, the Trump administration on Thursday will announce the replacement of Obama-era water protections with a significantly weaker set of regulations … [more…]

Scientists: new way to get ‘forever chemicals’ linked to cancer out of our water

Scientists found a new way to get 'forever chemicals' linked to cancer out of our water. They're in the bloodstreams of 99% of Americans.

Photo: Clarkson University professors Tom Holsen and Selma Mededovic in front of a plasma reactor. Clarkson University

They’re in the bloodstreams of 99% of Americans.

  • Researchers at Clarkson University are working with the US Air Force to remove a group of "forever chemicals" from water.
  • The chemicals, known as PFAS, have been associated with cancer, liver damage, and developmental issues.
  • They’re found in food packaging, cookware, outdoor gear, and firefighting
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Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Sandy Wynn-Stelt at home in Belmont. ‘I’m sitting here full of this stuff and not knowing what it’s going to do to me five years, 10 years from now.’ Photograph: Tom Perkins

In the years before 2017, Sandy Wynn-Stelt and her husband had suspicions about the water they drew from a well on their House Street property in the Michigan town of Belmont. She attributed the bad taste to it … [more…]

Thousands of lead pipes tainting N.J. water will be replaced

Thousands of lead pipes tainting N.J. water will be replaced

Trenton Water Works employees dig up and replace lead piping after a press event marking the start of the water system’s lead service line replacement program in Trenton, January, 9, 2020 Photo: Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media

New Jersey’s capital city is launching a major effort to get the lead out.

City officials gathered in West Trenton’s Berkeley Square neighborhood Thursday to kick off the major project — even … [more…]

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Photo: Tatsuo Niitsuma and his wife, Yoko, in Iwaki, Japan, this month. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

IWAKI, Japan — The overpowering earthquake and tsunami that ripped through northern Japan in March 2011 took so much from Tatsuo Niitsuma, a commercial fisherman … [more…]