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As the activists’ lawsuit argues, for years city officials claimed that the estimated 400,000 lead service lines connecting homes to the water main were not a serious problem, according to NPR. But the activists persisted fighting city hall, citing evidence of high levels of lead in the water of some homes and inadequate testing procedures to track lead in Chicago water. This fix is not cheap. NRP stated that the “estimated costs for lead service line replacement average around $6,000 per house and because of the dense infrastructure of Chicago the replacement of these pipes might cost as much as $8 and $10 billion to complete. Chicago’s water commissioner Randy Conner told NPR, “We are quite sure we will be able to put a program together that will be satisfactory to the citizens of Chicago because, as always, our big concern is water quality and safety of the water program.”
Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the rollback an Obama-era rule that would have, as the Washington Post reported, forced coal plants to treat wastewater with more modern, effective methods in order to curb toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury from contaminating lakes, rivers, and streams near their facilities. The rollback is in line […]
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Recent research in Geophysical Research Letters has revealed that “back-to-back bad snow years are likely to become much more frequent in the not-too-distant future,” Alejandra Borunda reported in National Geographic this month. There is now approximately a 7% chance that typically snow-filled regions in the Western US will “get […]
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