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The two-decade legal battle with DuPont over a toxic chemical

Oct 15, 2019
In 2017, DuPont settled more than 3,500 personal injury lawsuits for roughly $670 million. The story is being turned into a movie.
Bridges spanning across the Ohio River are seen between West Virginia and Ohio, seen from Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the chemical PFOA leeched into the water supply.
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Efforts to ban foam containers pick up steam

May 3, 2019
Maine this week became the first state to ban polystyrene for single-use food and drink containers.
Maine became the first state to ban polystyrene for single-use food and drink containers.
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Toxic accidents database could improve emergency planning

Apr 2, 2019
Environmental groups say people living near industrial chemical facilities could soon get better information on what’s being spewed into the air around them when accidents happen.
Sulfur in coal is a big cause of air pollution.
Reid Frazier

Lead contamination poisons a neighborhood's home values

May 6, 2016
Residents of East Los Angeles are seeing prices drop and can't sell their homes.
Terry Cano (left) and brother Joe Gonzalez were born and raised in Boyle Heights. Both have serious medical problems they attribute to the lead in their soil.
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