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The Clean Water Act: 40 Years Later

  I have two birthdays on my calendar circled with a big red marker this year. One is for my daughter, who just turned one, and the other is October 18th. That’s the day one of my closest friends turns 40. And while getting over the hill is a bittersweet bon anniversaire for most, this…

Coal Ash Continues to Pollute Groundwater

Public hearings started today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) proposed rule on how to dispose of coal ash–the toxic byproduct of burning coal. In December, a billion gallons of coal ash spilled from the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee, poisoning a river and burying neighboring homes. The disaster, which occurred four months before…

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

Endocrine disruptors. They are the chemicals often found in pesticides and plasticizers (and detergents, food, toys, and cosmetics) that have been known to interfere with reproductive and immune function in both humans and wildlife. And now a new report highlights their prevalence in the Potomac River system–the primary source of drinking water for the Washington,…