Help Extend Water Quality Protections to Tribal Waters

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a new rule that would institute federal baseline water quality standards (WQS) for the waters on over 250 Tribal lands throughout the country. Critically, these areas do not currently have water quality standards in effect under the Clean Water Act. If finalized, this rule would establish important water quality protections for Tribal waters  similar to the majority of waters across  the United States that are protected ...[READ MORE]

Documentary series examines drinking water pollution on Hulu

A three-part documentary series that looks at how environmental pollution, climate change and aging infrastructure are gradually eroding the ability for more and more communities across the United States to have access to free and potable drinking water debuted this past weekend. “Our America: Trouble on Tap” is produced by Tracy J. Wholf, coordinating producer of the climate unit at ABC News, and ABC Owned Television Stations Executive Producer Justin Allen. The series premiered Friday ...[READ MORE]

Politicians Are Drinking the Water in East Palestine to ‘Prove’ It’s Safe

OHIO GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE Politicians from Ohio and elsewhere are trying to “prove” the water in East Palestine is safe enough to drink—by chugging it themselves. More than two weeks after a massive Norfolk Southern freight train carrying toxic chemicals derailed, spilling five rail cars of toxic vinyl chloride and forcing local agencies to light a “controlled burn” to avoid an explosion, politicians have started flocking into town for a performative taste test. READ MORE

Over 1 Million Gallons of Contaminated Water Excavated From Ohio Train Derailment Site

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains, on Feb. 6, 2023. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo) About 15,000 pounds of contaminated soil and 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water have been excavated from the site of a train derailment earlier this month in East Palestine, Ohio, train operator Norfolk Southern said on Feb. 20. The announcement comes shortly ...[READ MORE]

Asbestos In Drinking Water

For most of the 20th century, asbestos had been used in municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. As these water systems develop cracks and degrade over time, the danger of asbestos leaching into the water supply grows.Asbestos in the water supply at certain levels poses a health risk to the general public. READ MORE

EPA Issues Advisory About PFAS or ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued drinking water health advisories on June 15 for four synthetic pollutants known as “forever chemicals,” saying two of these can impact health even at levels close to zero. Known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASTrusted Source, these toxic chemicals are used in products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging, clothing, furniture and adhesives. The chemicals do not break down easily, so they can remain in the ...[READ MORE]