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Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water. Several thousand snow geese have died after a snowstorm forced large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana.

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water

Mark Thompson, environmental affairs manager for mine company Montana Resources, said witnesses described the pit as like “700 acres of white birds” on 28 November. Along with Atlantic Richfield, Montana Resources is responsible for Berkeley Pit in Butte. More Cities Affected by Contaminated Water. House Republicans shut down investigation into Flint water crisis, blame EPA instead. As President Barack Obama signed a bill on Friday authorizing $170 million to address the problem of the lead being found in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, Republicans in the House quietly closed a nearly yearlong investigation of the disaster — without receiving crucial information from Republican Gov.

House Republicans shut down investigation into Flint water crisis, blame EPA instead

Rick Snyder. Late on Friday afternoon Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a pair of letters announcing the end of his investigation. His letters offered no new information and essentially summarized what had already revealed about the crisis during several high-profile hearings earlier this year. Over a year ago Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver, declared a state of emergency because of her city’s supply of poisonous water and still it remains undrinkable. Activists: Charges in Flint Crisis Won't Restore Faith in Government - Rewire. There’s a lot of blame to go around and still no clean water in Flint, Michigan, where four more officials were charged Tuesday for their failure to protect people from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water, bringing the total charged this year to 13.

Activists: Charges in Flint Crisis Won't Restore Faith in Government - Rewire

The charges come as activists in Flint see despair setting in among residents who have lived through the public health nightmare. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged two former state emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, with multiple 20-year felonies for their failure to protect Flint citizens from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water, according to a news release.

Earley and Ambrose reported directly to Republican Gov. There’s another water pollutant Americans have to worry about: Mercury. Several years after scientists thought they had put the problem to rest, they have once again discovered increasing concentrations of mercury, this time in rainwater.

There’s another water pollutant Americans have to worry about: Mercury

“It’s a surprising result,” says David Gay from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, who is a co-author on the new study. “Everybody expected [mercury levels] to continue going down. But our analysis shows that may not necessarily be the case.” The results, recently published in Science of the Total Environment, is surprising because long-term trends had shown a decrease in mercury emissions whereas data collected between 2007 and 2013 indicate an unsettling upturn from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest. More Cities Affected by Contaminated Water. Just As Flint Threatens Lawsuit, The State of Michigan Removed Their Power to Sue. Flint, MI — Michigan has stripped the City of Flint of the ability to sue over the lead contamination of its water supply.

Just As Flint Threatens Lawsuit, The State of Michigan Removed Their Power to Sue

As the Detroit Free Press reports, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver filed a notice of intent to sue the State of Michigan with the Court of Claims back on March 24 — the last day of a 180-day limit from the time the city became aware of potential claims it could make against the state, according with court rules. Fertilizer Company Creates Massive Toxic Sinkhole in Florida: Keeps It Secret For Weeks. Though the focus of our fertilizer-related vitriol is often directed at the big player Monsanto, residents in Florida should be paying attention to another fertilizer company this week: Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Florida.

Fertilizer Company Creates Massive Toxic Sinkhole in Florida: Keeps It Secret For Weeks

Mosaic is responsible for a 45-foot wide sinkhole which opened up in August, not far from Tampa Bay. The sinkhole, in addition to its alarming size, is raising alarms over the ceaseless flow of at least 215 million gallons of polluted – and radioactive – water into an underground aquifer. Jeff Gaddy, attorney at Florida-based law firm Levin Papantonio, shared his experience dealing with environmental crises like this one. Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes. But the most pressing question for residents is why they were not informed until last month that even the top six inches of soil in their yards had up to 30 times more lead than the level considered safe for children to play in, and that it also had hazardous levels of arsenic.

Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes

Farther down, the contamination is much worse. So far, there have been no satisfactory answers. A spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management said the E.P.A. was “the lead agency with the authority and responsibility for this site.” Photo Robert A. The E.P.A. began suing the companies responsible for the contamination in 2009, and by 2012 it had a cleanup plan that involved removing all lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil from the housing complex.

Extensive testing to figure out which soil needed to be removed did not begin until November 2014, Mr. “Our first priority after that was making sure every resident knew not to dig, not to be in contact with the soil,” Mr. Mr. Carrie Gosch Mr. Mr.