Residents Cautiously Hopeful as Waste Water Program Is Introduced in Alabama

Residents Cautiously Hopeful as Waste Water Program Is Introduced in Alabama

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the nation’s largest-ever infrastructure package makes waves in Congress, a smaller project is making waves in Lowndes County, Alabama. One hundred seventy-five homes are slated to receive new septic systems in the coming months, thanks to the Lowndes County Unincorporated Wastewater Project (LCUWP). About 80% of the region’s residents lack […]

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Air Force Takes Major Step in Cleaning Up New Mexico Fuel Leak

Air Force Takes Major Step in Cleaning Up New Mexico Fuel Leak

The U.S. Air Force has finally learned enough information to begin cleaning up a jet fuel leak from Albuquerque’s drinking water supply. The Kirtland Air Force Base plans to write and submit a report to the New Mexico Environmental Department before the agency can approve and make recommendations for cleanup. This comes as a relief […]

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Explain It To Me: Clean Water Infrastructure click button

Explain It To Me: Clean Water Infrastructure

There’s a lot of discussion about clean water infrastructure as the Biden administration pushes full speed ahead on its Build Back Better agenda. But what counts as water infrastructure? Is it more than just the pipes that get water into our homes? We sat down with Megan Glover, the founder, and CEO of 120 Water, […]

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American Jobs Plan Aims To Regain Public Trust In Safety of Drinking Water

American Jobs Plan Aims To Regain Public Trust In Safety of Drinking Water

From 2018 to 2020, over 61 million people were exposed to water with more lead than is safe to drink. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, if funded, would fix this problem by spending $45 billion to replace more than 6 million lead-pipe service lines across the country.  Infamously, in Flint, MI, thousands of children were exposed to water contaminated with lead, in one of the worst public health disasters in recent memory. 

Why this Matters:  Lead pipes predominantly impact low-income, nonwhite communities across the nation — they are a major environmental justice flashpoint.

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Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

One of the largest chicken producers in the country — the family-owned Mountaire Corp. — agreed to pay $205 million to settle two court cases that its Delaware plants contaminated water wells, waterways, and the surrounding air with improperly disposed of wastewater.  

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.

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Fighting Climate Change and Environmental Justice Score Big Increases in Biden Budget Proposal

Fighting Climate Change and Environmental Justice Score Big Increases in Biden Budget Proposal

The Biden administration released its “skinny” post-election year budget plan for government spending next year and it included large increases for battling climate change and reversing environmental injustice, particularly as compared to the Trump administration’s drastic proposed cuts in these areas. 

Why This Matters: These are big increases over the Trump administration’s proposals — for NOAA it would mean 50% more.  But Congress never enacted those truly skinny budgets — they actually modestly increased or held most environmental spending steady.

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