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Officials warn of high nitrate levels in drinking wells around Armenia

From the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, June 18, 2018. ARMENIA – High nitrate levels in private wells in Juneau and Wood counties have caused health departments to issue a warning. The high nitrate levels have been found in private drinking water wells in the Armenia area, according to a news release from the Wood County […]

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Dry wells, sinking land and fears of a global food crisis

From E & E News, June 25, 2018. TULARE COUNTY, Calif. — The bottom is falling out of America’s most productive farmland. Literally. Swaths of the San Joaquin Valley have sunk 28 feet — nearly three stories — since the 1920s, and some areas have dropped almost 3 feet in the past two years. Blame […]


Hawaii becomes first US state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

From The Guardian, May 2, 2018. In a bid to protect its marine environment, Hawaii has passed a bill banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, chemicals that have ‘significant harmful impacts’ on ecosystems Coral reefs and sunshine keep tourists flocking to Hawaii but add sunscreen to that holiday mix and the result can be serious […]

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Sunscreen poses another threat to coral reefs

From Deutche Welle, April 13, 2018. Some chemicals in sunscreen can kill corals, researchers have discovered. So how to protect your skin and reefs at the same time? DW reports from Bonaire in the Caribbean. At a dive center on the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean Sea, about a dozen scuba divers — including […]

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Feds reject Michigan permit for mine near sensitive tribal waters

From Environmental Health News, March 19, 2018. EPA says state permitting for the mine doesn’t meet Clean Water Act standards or address cultural concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has objected to a wetland permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin border. The Menominee Indians across the […]

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Tritium found in groundwater at former Genoa nuclear plant

From the LaCrosse Tribune, March 14, 2018. The company charged with decommissioning a shuttered nuclear power plant in Genoa has reported elevated levels of radioactive material in groundwater. LaCrosseSolutions, a subsidiary of the nuclear waste disposal company EnergySolutions, announced Monday that it had detected elevated levels of tritium in a monitoring well near the former […]


Wisconsin Farmers Union members set 2018 policy priorities

From Wisconsin State Farmer, February 13, 2018. WISCONSIN DELLS – At the 87th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention Feb. 2-4 in Wisconsin Dells, delegates from across the state adopted resolutions reflecting the farm organization’s views on key issues. “The policy discussion at the annual State Convention is the democratic process in its purest form,” […]


Polluted Stormwater Damages Fish’s Ability to Survive

From OPB, February 13, 2018. Each time it rained during an eight-week period in the winter of 2015, someone from Jenifer McIntyre’s team drove up to Seattle and collected stormwater near the Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington. It was a rainy stretch, so that meant 25 trips. After each trip, McIntyre says, “we would […]


DNR Challenging 2017 Circuit Court Ruling Revoking 8 High-Capacity Well Permits

From Wisconsin Public Radio, January 30, 2018. Decision Disagrees With AG Schimel Opinion Limiting DNR’s Regulatory Powers The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is appealing an October circuit court decision revoking eight high-capacity well permits. The permits were issued after a 2016 opinion from state Attorney General Brad Schimel prevented the DNR from considering the […]


Controversial insecticides pervasive in Great Lakes tributaries

From Environmental Health News, January 26, 2018. U.S. scientists found neonicotinoid insecticides in about three-quarters of samples from 10 major Great Lakes tributaries. The study is the first to examine the insecticides—gaining notoriety in recent years as a prime suspect in bee die-offs— in the world’s largest freshwater system and suggests Great Lakes’ fish, birds […]


Facing public pressure, companies are ditching plastic

From  Deutsche Welle, January 2018. After the EU unveiled a high-profile push to rid the continent of plastic waste, now companies like McDonald’s, Costa and Evian are announcing their own initiatives. Can this help solve the world’s plastic trash problem? Last week, the European Union unveiled a headline-grabbing plastic waste strategy with the goal of […]