Contamination
Edmonton – As permafrost in the North thaws, it's releasing record levels of mercury into Arctic rivers and waterways, graduate students at the University of Alberta have found. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The federal government shared the preliminary findings and recommendations of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including access to clean drinking water.
Sioux Falls, SD – Officials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are grappling with well shutdowns as the extent of the city's water contamination from decades of firefighting foam use remains unclear. The Argus Leaders reports. | READ MORE
Armenia, WI – Rural communities in Wisconsin, Arizona and New Hampshire are concerned about a growing water crisis tied to industrial farms and slack regulations that has tainted residential wells, and made water quality and contamination election-year issues. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – In an analysis piece, Alex Ballingall questions whether or not the federal government’s $2-billion push to bring clean water to all First Nations by March 2021 is going to go far enough to remove an inequity that has put the health and quality of life of thousands at risk. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
North Bay, Ont. – The Department of National Defense says it has debunked fears that its use of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) at CFB North Bay caused widespread pollution of drinking wells. Bay Today reports. | READ MORE
Turtleford, Sask. – The Saskatchewan farming family that owns the land where salt water leaked from a Husky Energy line says the company is "underplaying" the damage to soil and vegetation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Westerville, OH – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently released its toxicology report on four different PFAS chemicals. The report suggests human health risks can occur at levels significantly lower than current federal government recommendations, reports the National Ground Water Association. | READ MORE
Exeter, NH – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public meeting on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on June 25 in Exeter, N.H., as a followup to its PFAS National Leadership Summit held in May. The National Ground Water Association reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – The country's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. CTV News reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Researchers found no significant link between ground water lithium exposure and risk for bipolar disorder or dementia after adjusting for county-level demographics and health care resources, according to a research letter published in JAMA Psychiatry. Healio Psychiatric Annals reports. | READ MORE
Let me say at the outset that I am not opposed to alternative energy sources, including wind. What I am opposed to is those developments that may cause serious and possibly irreparable damage to the environment.
Wallaceburg Ont. – Concerned about the impact a proposed wind turbine project will have on local water wells, the Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns citizen group is seeking guidance from the province's Clean Water Act and its source water protection plans. | The Chatham Daily News reports. | READ MORE
Denmark – Denmark is facing a historic pollution case as it has been revealed that every 10th test sample taken from almost 1,700 wells reveals a level of pesticide residue that is considered too high. CPH Post Online reports. | READ MORE
Washington, DC – This week, during the comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s re-evaluation of its Lead and Copper Rule, two congresswomen encouraged EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to overhaul the regulation to require full replacement of all lead service lines nationwide.
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