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North Carolina Reverses Safety Warning on Well Water Near Duke Ash Dumps

North Carolina is reversing warnings about water that health officials said was too polluted to drink and now reassuring residents who live near pits that hold waste from decades of coal-burning for electricity that their well water is safe. The …

New York Factory Village’s Trail of Cancer Leads to Tap Water Probe

After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along the Hoosic River were getting sick. …

EPA Says Fracking Safe, Scientists Disagree

A landmark study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that concluded fracking causes no widespread harm to drinking water is coming under fire – this time, from the agency’s own science advisers. The EPA’s preliminary findings released in June were …

EPA Finds Fracking Doesn’t Lead to Widespread Pollution of Drinking Water

Fracking for shale oil and gas has not led to widespread pollution of drinking water, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft report said on Thursday, although it warned some drilling activities could potentially cause health risks. The study, requested by …

West Virginia Spill Case Conflict of Interest Arguments Heard

A judge is mulling whether to recuse federal prosecutors from a criminal case against former executives in a massive West Virginia chemical spill. In U.S. District Court in Charleston on Monday, attorneys for ex-Freedom Industries executives Gary Southern and Dennis …

Judge Rules Against New York Homeowners in Tainted Well Water Case

A federal judge has ruled against nine southern New York homeowners who claimed their drinking water was contaminated by a nearby natural gas well. U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa in Rochester decided the homeowners had failed to prove the silt …

Dozens of West Virginia Lawsuits Filed Against DuPont

Dozens of West Virginia residents have filed lawsuits against chemical company DuPont for contaminating drinking water. Filed in West Virginia federal court Friday, the lawsuits allege that the company discharged the chemical C8 into waters surrounding its Washington Works Plant …