Breakdowns in Air Quality

More than 68 million pounds of mostly illegal air pollution poured from 679 facilities in Texas during 3,421 incidents of breakdowns and maintenance in 2015. This report, by the Environmental… Read more

Don’t Drink the Water

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act has required public water supplies to limit arsenic concentrations in drinking water to no more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) since 2006, in… Read more

Mercury Falling

Mercury pollution from U.S. power plants plummeted by 54 percent between 2004 and 2014, with the improvement driven by air pollution control laws and a shift to natural gas and… Read more

More Phosphorus, Less Monitoring

Poultry operations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore continue to spread chicken litter loaded with phosphorus onto croplands that already have too much, according to the latest data from reports filed by… Read more

Selling Our Health Down the River

Fossil-fuel burning power plants discharge at least 5.5 billion pounds of pollution into rivers, streams, lakes and bays each year. Coal-burning plants in particular discharge some of the most dangerous… Read more

Blowback from the Shale Boom

Because of cheaper fuel prices driven by the shale drilling boom, U.S. companies in 2014 received draft or final permits to build at least 46 new or expanded petrochemical facilities… Read more

Manure Overload on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Poultry farmers spread three times more phosphorus in chicken manure on their fields than their crops needed, according to records from 62 poultry operations in five counties on Maryland’s Eastern… Read more

Fracking’s Toxic Loophole

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires drilling companies to obtain Safe Drinking Water Act permits before they are allowed to inject diesel products into the ground to hydrofracture (“frack”) for… Read more