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Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

August 28, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Sludge Pools

On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over two-and-a-half billion gallons of contaminated water and liquids from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed.[read more]

The World's Largest Garbage Dump is Not on Land

May 31, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Oceans of Garbage

Between using plastic bags, drinking from plastic water bottles, or ripping the plastic packaging from a new gadget, we all use plastic in our daily lives. Plastic is literally all around us, and if we don’t find a way to contain it, our lives could soon be taken over by this mass produced product.[read more]

New EPA Reports on Fracking Waste Don't Go Far Enough

April 6, 2014 by Amy Mall

The EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. There have been documented cases around the country where this dangerous waste has been released into the environment and endangered human health.[read more]

Water Used by Power Plants [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Power Plants and Water

This infographic helps to visualize the great volumes of water used to generate electricity from various sources. In addition to power generation, water is also used to produce oil, gas, coal, biofuels and most raw energy-related commodities.[read more]

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

March 26, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Coal Pollution and Regulation

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways — our streams, rivers and lakes.[read more]

Dirty Fuels Shouldn't Get a Free Pass on Water Pollution Compared to Renewable Energy

March 24, 2014 by Amy Mall

The Obama administration has been working to develop a program to better screen potential solar development sites for environmental suitability and limit utility solar projects to “energy zones” – areas with the greatest energy potential and the lowest environmental conflicts.[read more]

EPA Misses Critical Opportunity to Control Harmful Runoff Pollution

March 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not be granting a set of petitions which asked the Agency to control harmful polluted stormwater runoff that is degrading waterways in certain regions of the country.[read more]

Coal Ash: Why it is Better Recycled Than as a Waste

February 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Coal Ash Waste and Recycling

EPA has announced that the two primary encapsulated uses of coal ash are safe, so recyclers have no legitimate remaining arguments to support their previous requests for a weak coal ash rule. Coal burning utilities stated that regulating coal ash waste would hurt the market for recycling of coal ash.[read more]

EPA's Cooperative Approach to Regulating Algae Pollution Falls Flat

February 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Algae Pollution Regulation

As those of you who follow the green slime crisis in our nation’s waters may know, in the summer of 2008, NRDC and others in the Mississippi River basin states petitioned USEPA to issue regulations to control the pollution that is fueling the rampant growth of algae in our nation’s waters.[read more]

UCLA Report: Top 10 Solutions to Global Ocean Plastic Pollution

November 9, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Ocean Plastic Pollution

A new report released recently identifies the best solutions to tackle the urgent problem of an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter entering the ocean each year. Plastic pollution is a daunting crisis for the marine environment, one that demands action.[read more]

Research: Fracking Uses and Loses More Water than Previously Believed

November 2, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Fracking and Water Loss

Hydraulic fracturing’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is actually used by the oil and gas industry.[read more]

Sustainability of Agriculture Depends on Fracking Regulations

October 9, 2013 by Mia Shaw
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Fracking and Agriculture

California is the 4th largest oil and gas producing state, and is also home to the largest oil shale play in the nation, the Monterey Shale – containing 15 billion barrels of oil – which could be accessed through the process of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

Obama EPA Debunks Activists Who Played Politics with Tragic Floods

October 9, 2013 by Simon Lomax
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Comments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the recovery and clean-up efforts following Colorado’s historic floods directly contradict the fear mongering of environmental activists who have played politics with this tragedy since the beginning.[read more]

Fracking Wastewater Cited In Blackside Dace Die-Off, Probably

September 4, 2013 by Tina Casey

Wildlife Die-Off From Fracking Wastewater?

 

A recent report on a Blackside Dace die-off is significant because, although it doesn’t get to 100 percent sure, its degree of certainty is quite an achievement given that a gaping trade secrets loophole makes fracking-related water contamination almost impossible to prove.[read more]

California Communities Spend Nearly $500M Yearly Keeping Trash Out Of Waterways

September 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

California Trash and Water

A new report showed that California communities are spending nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash from polluting the state’s beaches, rivers, and ocean. The report surveyed 95 communities ranging in size from just over 700 residents to over 4 million.[read more]