"Septic Tank Permitting In Maryland Faces Backlogs, Staff Shortages"

"Lengthy delays. Staffing shortages. Byzantine regulations. These are trying times for Maryland’s well and septic permitting program. State officials can’t even quantify the overall extent of the permitting delays because the system lacks a centralized database."

Source: Bay Journal, 04/05/2023

EPA Estimates 9.2 Million Lead Water Pipes In US, Funds Some Replacements

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that it estimates that there are 9.2 million lead pipes carrying water throughout the country and said it was allocating some of the funds from the bipartisan infrastructure law to replace them."

Source: The Hill, 04/05/2023

"Gulf Drilling Safer 13 Years After BP Spill, But Major Gaps Remain: Report

"The safety of oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has dramatically improved since the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, but progress has been uneven and critical gaps must be addressed to prevent accidents that can threaten workers, the environment and public health, a report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences said."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/05/2023

CFCs Are Back on the Rise Following an International Ban, New Study Finds

"A U.S. chemical plant in Louisiana that produces a common refrigerant may be partly to blame for increased emissions of CFCs—chemicals thousands of times more potent at warming the planet than carbon dioxide."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/04/2023

England’s Top Beaches Faced 8,500 Hours Of Sewage Dumping Last Year: Study

"England’s most celebrated beaches faced 8,500 hours of sewage dumping last year, new figures show. Many beaches with blue flag status– an international mark of recognition that a beach is deemed safe and has good water quality – were found to have been covered in waste over the last 12 months."

Source: Guardian, 04/04/2023

"Groups Petition US EPA To Force Reporting Of Waste Incinerator Emissions"

"Environmental groups on Monday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require companies to disclose the chemicals discharged from waste incinerators and plants that claim to recycle plastic waste into fuel."

Source: Reuters, 04/04/2023

"DOJ Sues Norfolk Southern Over Toxic Train Derailment In Ohio"

"The Justice Department filed a major civil suit Friday against Norfolk Southern Railway after one of its trains carrying toxic chemicals derailed near the Ohio town of East Palestine on Feb. 3 and burst into flames."

Source: Washington Post, 04/03/2023

"EPA Proposes to Add First-Ever Navajo Site to Superfund List"

"The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add the Lukachukai Mountains Mining District to the Superfund National Priorities List, according to EPA Thursday. The site, located entirely on the Navajo Nation, holds over a hundred waste piles stemming from uranium mining, the agency said."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/31/2023


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