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Trichloroethylene Vapor Mitigation Systems Installed in Elmwood Park

Early this year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began installing venting systems in houses in the Elmwood Park and Chicago Heights Boulevard neighborhoods near Olivette and Overland, Missouri. These safety measures come after the EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) detected contaminated groundwater and chemical vapors in the neighborhood. The […]


EPA Begins Radiation Testing on Barrier Trench at Bridgeton Landfill; Activists Say This Isn’t Enough

According to The Associated Press, initial testing is underway on a trench at the Bridgeton Landfill. The trench is supposed to help prevent an underground fire at Bridgeton reaching from World War II-era nuclear waste buried 1,200 feet away (less than a quarter mile) at West Lake Landfill. Before the trench can be dug, the […]


Five Injured after Explosion at West Virginia Fracking Site

An explosion at a West Virginia fracking site injured at least five people on Sunday, July 7, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Five workers were taken to a hospital for burns as a result of the explosion at the West Virginia fracking site. The explosion prompted state and federal investigations. The West Virginia fracking […]


Air Pollution at West Virginia Fracking Sites

While fracking has long been associated with fears of water supply contamination, a recent study raises new concerns. The study, conducted by West Virginia University Public School of Health on behalf of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, found high levels of benzene and other pollutants in the air at seven fracking sites. The researchers […]


Unapproved Refrigerant Substitutes Pose Fire and Explosion Risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating instances in which propane has been illegally sold as a substitute for R-22, a refrigerant that is widely used in home air conditioning systems. Referred to by a variety of names, including R-22a, R-290, 22-A, HC-22a, and CARE 40, this unapproved product is propane-based and is illegally being […]


Property Managers in Oregon and Idaho Fined for Failure to Warn of Lead Paint Hazards to Renters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho to pay more than $15,000 in federal penalties for failing to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters. A joint inspection by the EPA and U.S. Department of housing and Urban Development revealed violations of the federal Lead-Based Paint Real Estate […]


Update: North County St. Louis Residents Demand Answers to Health Problems Potentially Caused by Nuclear Waste at Westlake Landfill

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, the EPA hosted a public meeting at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights to discuss health concerns related to the Westlake Landfill in Bridgeton, MO. The Westlake Landfill contains radiologically-contaminated wastes secretly deposited there in the 1970s, as part of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company’s involvement with the Manhattan Project—specifically, uranium processing. […]


Fracking Linked to Contaminated Water in Pennsylvania

According to a recent study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, drilling sites may be contaminating some nearby drinking water wells in the Northeast. A research team from Duke University analyzed 141 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania and detected methane in 82% of drinking water samples. Average concentrations of methane were […]


Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP Investigating DuPont C8 Lawsuits

The law firm of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP is investigating claims for individuals residing in southern Ohio and West Virginia who may have been exposed to the toxic chemical perfluorooctanoate, or C8, in their drinking water. On April 8, 2013, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that all such cases filed […]


Update: Nuclear Waste Contamination in St. Louis Area to be Addressed by EPA

The West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, MO contains radiologically-contaminated wastes deposited there in the 1970s, as part of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company’s involvement with the Manhattan Project—specifically, uranium processing. In recent weeks, citizens have grown concerned that a fire burning underground at the Bridgeton Landfill could reach the radioactive waste. See our previous blog post for […]

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