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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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Inquiry: State ‘fundamentally accountable’ for Flint crisis

pennsylvania drinking water tainted by oil and gas drilling

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city, an investigatory task force concluded Wednesday. The panel, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to review the disaster, said in a withering report that what happened in Flint is ...

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NC reverses safety warning on well water near Duke ash dumps


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is reversing warnings about water that health officials said was too polluted to drink and now reassuring residents who live near pits that hold waste from decades of coal-burning for electricity that their well water is safe. The state health agency issued written warnings last April to the owners of 330 water wells near ...

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Pennsylvania families win $4.24M verdict against gas driller

Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their sleepy village into a battleground over the nation’s shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom. The verdict in Scranton came at the ...

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New Ohio study digs into water contamination from fracking

water well, methane, fracking

Dr. Amy Townsend-Small and her team at the University of Cincinnati conducted a study in Ohio testing private well water to see if methane gas from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is reaching drinking water. The short answer is no. Townsend and her team set up their tests to measure well water before, during and after fracking began, unlike studies done ...

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County restricts gas drilling in Deep Creek Lake watershed

Deep Creek Lake Maryland

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners have adopted a watershed management plan that limits natural-gas drilling on nearly 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake, a popular vacation destination in western Maryland. The three-member board voted unanimously Monday to adopt the plan. It prohibits natural gas wellheads within the watershed but allows companies to drill horizontally from wellheads located ...

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Lawmakers questioning Ohio agency over lead-tainted water

drinking water

Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state’s environmental agency why months passed before residents found out about their lead-tainted tap water. Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is calling on the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner. A state EPA spokeswoman says agency director ...

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San Juan County reopens public access to Animas, San Juan rivers

FARMINGTON – San Juan County officials have lifted the ban on use of the Animas and San Juan rivers while residents of the Navajo Nation are advised to refrain from using river water for irrigation and livestock. Access to the Animas and San Juan rivers in San Juan County were reopened Saturday night for irrigation, recreation and pumping into both rural ...

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EPA officials promise analysis of river contamination today

FARMINGTON – EPA officials offered little new information Tuesday afternoon on pollution levels in the Animas River after agency workers accidentally released an estimated 3 million gallons of mine wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river a week ago. Also on Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a declaration late in the evening allowing the tribe to seek ...

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Silverton residents reconsider need for Superfund in light of spill


SILVERTON, Colo. – Silverton Standard editor Mark Esper said he had just finished lunch on Aug. 5 when he heard an unusual call over the police scanner. “I hear Sheriff (Bruce) Conrad say on the scanner — ’20-foot wall of orange sludge coming toward Silverton,'” Esper said. A plume of toxic mine waste burst forth from Gold King Mine and rushed ...

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