Water contamination

Livable Planet

Portland Hit Crisis Mode After Parasites Flooded City's Drinking Water

Residents learn the hard way after refusing treatment plant to save on the cost of water.
Seth Heller
6.27.17
environment

Newark School District Voided Thousands of Requests for New Lead Filters, Records Show

Of nearly 6,000 requests for lead filter replacements, only 65 were marked complete — and in 2014 school staff asked that outstanding requests be purged from maintenance records.
Jake Bleiberg
5.20.16
environment

Heavy Metal: Water Contaminated by Lead Is Poisoning Kids Across New Jersey

Lead is the material through which America's yawning economic inequities do their damage — and, in the Garden State, lead contamination remains a persistent problem.
Robert S. Eshelman
5.18.16
environment

In Photos: Bangladesh's Arsenic Crisis — 'The Largest Mass Poisoning of a Population in History'

A Human Rights Watch report shows how access to clean water remains a severe problem for millions of Bangladeshis two decades after gaining international attention.
Darren Ankrom
4.22.16
environment

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Is Drinking Flint's Water Every Day For a Month

The action, says the governor, is to help restore public trust in the city's drinking water supply, which — if properly filtered — is once again safe to drink, according to state officials.
Jake Bleiberg
4.19.16
environment

These Aboriginal Groups Are Trying to Halt a Natural Gas Boom in Australia's Northern Territory

Some of the world's leading energy companies are poised to begin fracking for natural gas in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria region — and aboriginal groups seek to stop them.
Harry Pearl
3.23.16
Flint Water Crisis

'You Just Don't Get It': Republicans Grill EPA's McCarthy About Flint Water Crisis

Two days of Capitol Hill hearings about Flint, Michigan's contaminated water were dominated by partisan fingerpointing.
Matt Smith
3.17.16
environment

Newark, New Jersey School Officials Admit to Dangerous Levels of Lead Since at Least 2012

Newark's mayor Ras Baraka said austerity, small government, regressive tax reforms, and failure to invest in infrastructure is putting children in communities of color in harm's way.
Jake Bleiberg
3.17.16
environment

A Letter From a Newark, New Jersey School Official Raised Concerns About Lead Contamination — In 2014

Nearly half of the city's schools switched drinking water supplies this week after tests revealed levels of lead above allowable US Environmental Protection Agency limits.
Jake Bleiberg
3.11.16
environment

The Company Responsible for Poisoning a Pennsylvania Town's Water Will Pay Families $4.2M

A federal jury ruled in favor of families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, where Cabot Oil and Gas contaminated water supplies during natural gas fracking operations.
Matt Smith
3.10.16
environment

The Water in Nearly Half of Newark, New Jersey's Public Schools Is Contaminated With Lead

Water tests at 33 of the city's 60 public schools revealed levels of lead higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency's "action level," triggering public notification and action to protect the public's health.
Jake Bleiberg
3.9.16
environment

The Michigan Officials Responsible for Flint's Water Crisis Could Face Manslaughter Charges

The special prosecutor appointed by Michigan's attorney general to investigate the crisis says criminal charges could be brought against public officials found responsible for any deaths linked to Flint's contaminated water.
Rob Verger
2.10.16
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