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Why this Matters: Groundwater contamination affects communities across the country. In Orange County and Oakland, California groundwater polluted with industrial waste is seeping into sources of drinking water. It’s not just factories: fracking is also a major contributor to groundwater pollution. In February, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delawarevoted unanimously to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin in order to make its water safer to drink. Perhaps this case bodes well for enforcing our clean water laws to prevent industrial production from polluting more groundwater.
Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire, said in a statement:“… We’re ready to put this chapter behind us and forge a new relationship with our neighbors moving forward.” But for the residents who have been affected by Mountaire’s irresponsible pollution, the damage has already been done. One resident, Larry Miller, believes that this contaminated water caused the loss of his mother in 2007 and his wife in 2013, to kidney cancer. He told the Washington Post: “I wish we had known then. We would have quit drinking the water or complained about what they were doing.”
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In another significant blow to the Pebble Mine project in Alaska, the EPA has asked a federal court to allow Clean Water Act protections for parts of Bristol Bay, a body of water that stands to be decimated if the project continues. Environmental advocates and Alaska Native tribes hope […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer California’s record-breaking drought is not just a result of climate change — it’s also making climate change worse. According to a new study, population growth and energy-sapping water projects have driven up emissions and slowed down decarbonization campaigns. As it gets more and more difficult for Californians to rely […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]
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