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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

EWG staffers put our heads together to come up with this list of bad news environmental stories of the last decade that people might have missed. But there were plenty of big stories that hardly anyone could have missed, such as climate change. What's on your list of the biggest environmental stories of the last 10 years?

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Friday, December 18, 2009

 

Special to Enviroblog by Bonnie Raitt & Erin Brockovich. You know I like giving people something to talk about. Erin's the same way. Some might call us rabble-rousers, but we're just speaking up about the things that matter -- like making our planet greener and the products we use safer.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In an unprecedented analysis of 20 million drinking water quality tests performed by water utilities between 2004 and 2009, EWG found that water suppliers had detected a total of 316 contaminants in water delivered to the public. The pollutants detected included 202 chemicals that have no mandatory safety standards for tap water, which were found in water supplied to approximately 132 million people in 9,454 communities across the country. These unregulated chemicals include the weed killer metolachlor.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

When people ask what kind of water filter to use for their tapwater, we reply, "It depends on what contaminants are present in your tap water, since different filters are effective at removing different contaminants."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tap water in many large metropolitan areas is polluted with a cocktail of chemical contaminants. These pollutants usually don't violate any legal standards, but they often come in potentially toxic combinations that raise serious questions about the long-term safety of drinking the water. Pensacola, Fla.; Riverside, Calif.; and Las Vegas top the list of major cities with the most contaminated tap water.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Back in September we wrote here about a West Virginia family with really, really toxic tap water. We learned about the Hall-Massey family's tragic situation in the New York Times' excellent investigative series about the pervasive water pollution allowed by too many Clean Water Act violations that too often go unpunished.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

By Lisa Frack and Michelle Perez

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

 

Associated Press, John Heilprin

Published December 20, 2005

Drinking water may have a lot more in it than just H20 and fluoride, according to an environmental group's analysis of records in 42 states.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

Associated Press, John Heilprin

Published January 8, 2002

Millions of Americans have been drinking tap water contaminated with chemical byproducts from chlorine that are far more than what studies suggest may be safe for pregnant women, two environmental groups say in a new study.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

Los Angeles Daily News, Lisa Mascaro

Published January 9, 2002

Drinking tap water could put pregnant women at higher risk for miscarriage and birth defects in some parts of Southern California, says a report released Tuesday by two environmental groups.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Chicago Sun-Times, Gary Wisby
Published January 9, 2002

Chlorination of tap water puts thousands of Illinois women at risk of miscarriage or birth defects, according to a report released by environmental activists Tuesday.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

Reuters
Published January 9, 2002

High levels of chlorination byproducts (CPBs) in drinking water put pregnant women at a higher risk for miscarriages or having children with birth defects, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

San Francisco Chronicle, Jane Kay

Published January 9, 2002

Pregnant women who drink chlorinated tap water face a higher risk of miscarriage and birth defects in their newborns despite tougher new standards, says a study by two environmental groups.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

Women’s Health Weekly
Published January 31, 2002

Millions of Americans have been drinking tap water contaminated with chemical chlorine byproducts that are far more than what studies suggest may be safe for pregnant women, two environmental groups say in a new study.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

 

The Washington Post, Anita Huslin

Published February 10, 2002

Annette Spaven already had three children when she found out she was pregnant again four years ago.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

MSNBC Published January 8, 2002 Millions of Americans have been drinking tap water contaminated with potentially harmful byproducts of chlorine - and often at levels in excess of what studies show to be safe for pregnant women, two environmental groups say in a new report. Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect drinking water. When it is added to water that contains organic matter such as runoff from farms or lawns, however, it can form compounds such as chloroform that can cause illness.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Making good on Administrator Lisa Jackson’s confirmation promise, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving ahead with its deliberations on whether to impose the first national limits on drinking water contamination by perchlorate, the main component of solid rocket fuel.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

 

U.S. agency offers 3 options; critics prefer retiring farmland

San Francisco Chronicle, Glen Martin

Published November 1, 2005

A pending decision on the disposal of contaminated wastewater produced by San Joaquin Valley agriculture could have disastrous consequences for Bay Area drinking water, fisheries and wildlife, officials say.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Like most kids, mine love bathtime. And while I take care to avoid the toxic chemicals in some bath products by making careful choices, at least I don't have to worry about the safety of the water itself. As it should be.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

After more than a decade of fighting an across-the-board industry campaign, the California government has finally announced proposed health guidelines for the deadly cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6 first made famous by environmental health crusader Erin Brockovich.

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