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Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters, CA

News, Pollution
Feb
9

When Santa Barbara County dumps tons of mud from the catastrophic debris flow of January 9 on the shores of Goleta and Carpinteria, this wasn’t like anything that’s happened before. So residents are asking, “Will there be long-term effects? Might there be other locations that can share the impacts..?”

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Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. To prevent the problem from worsening, scientists warn, the world must drastically cut back on synthetic fertilizers and double the efficiency of the nitrogen used on farms.

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“We have one ocean,” Josh Stein says, threatening offshore drilling legal action

News, Pollution
Feb
2

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has assembled a coalition of attorneys general from 11 other coastal states calling for the U.S. Interior Department to cancel the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling.

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U.S. EPA reverses policy on ‘major sources’ of pollution

News, Pollution
Jan
27

The EPA is withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

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Cost of recreating in polluted water estimated at $2.9 billion nationwide!

News, Pollution
Jan
24

A new study published on January 9, 2018 by Environmental Health Journal estimates the national cost of getting sick from recreating in polluted water is $2.9 billion nationwide.

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Sewage spill closes eight Monterey beaches, CA

News, Pollution
Jan
22

A massive sewage spill at the Monterey One Water wastewater treatment facility early Saturday morning has closed eight beaches. Approximately 4.9 million gallons of sewage spilled from the wastewater treatment facility.

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With China’s Ban on Waste Imports, Europe Announces New Recycling Initiatives

News, Pollution
Jan
20

In the wake of China’s ban on the import of foreign garbage, which took effect earlier this month, countries across the globe are scrambling to figure out what to do with the thousands of tons of trash piling up at their ports. Now, Europe has announced it is launching an aggressive new recycling initiative to reduce plastic waste and garbage exports.

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Public Health Closes Some Santa Barbara County Beaches, Ocean Waters After Testing

News, Pollution
Jan
20

Ocean water samples taken on Tuesday were tested for bacteria levels and test results reveal that levels of bacteria do exceed standard levels in ocean water at some beaches.

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MRSA risk at northeast Ohio beaches

News, Pollution
Dec
19

A study conducted in 2015 shows a higher-than-expected prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at beaches around Lake Erie.

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