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GenX Chemical Found Across River from Chemours Plant in North Carolina

North Carolina officials say elevated levels of an industrial chemical were found on the opposite side of the Cape Fear River from the chemical plant. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality found the chemical GenX …

ArcelorMittal Subsidiary to Pay $1.5M in Pennsylvania Coke Plant Lawsuit

A subsidiary of European steel giant ArcelorMittal has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit over allegations that its western Pennsylvania coke plant had violated emissions requirements over soot and other pollutants almost daily, according to a proposed …

Traces of GenX Compound Found in North Carolina Food Product

The unregulated compound found in more than 80 drinking water wells near a chemical company’s manufacturing facility in North Carolina has been found in a food product for the first time. Tests found honey collected by a farmer about 2 …

North Carolina Detects GenX in 34 Additional Wells

North Carolina officials say tests have detected elevated levels of an unregulated compound at 34 additional wells near a chemical company’s manufacturing facility. The Fayetteville Observer reports the results announced Monday bring the total number of wells contaminated by the …

Maryland Suing EPA on Power Plant Pollution in Other States

Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The …

Legislators Struggle Over How to Handle Chemicals in North Carolina Water

North Carolina legislators are grappling with the growing knowledge that industries have discharged unstudied chemicals into the state’s waters for years, and that a recent upsurge in concern carries the risk of political blame. The unregulated chemical GenX that for …

Hurricane Harvey-Caused Oil, Chemical Spills Dwarfed by Katrina’s

More than 22,000 barrels of oil, refined fuels and chemicals spilled at sites across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of tons of other toxic substances, a Reuters …

U.S. Investigating Arkema’s Safety Practices After Texas Fires

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether chemical maker Arkema SA followed safety rules at its Crosby, Texas, plant where chemical containers exploded and burned for days after flooding from Hurricane Harvey, an EPA official said. The EPA sent …

North Carolina Officials to Test Unregulated Chemical in Groundwater at Plant

Environmental officials say they’ll test groundwater for people living near a North Carolina chemical plant after finding worrying signs of an unregulated and little-studied compound. The state Department of Environmental Quality said Sept. 6 it’s acting on limited information that …

Oklahoma Property Among Most Contaminated in Nation, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a property in central Oklahoma to the Superfund program’s list of most contaminated sites. The EPA announced Monday its intent to add Eagle Industries in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest …