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GRAPHIC: Proximity to a high-risk chemical facility is part of the school day for 19.6 million kids who attend schools in so-called vulnerability zones, according to a new report. Image courtesy of Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Schools are supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that hundreds of thousands of Missouri kids attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone." The level of risk associated with a particular chemical facility has to do with the q ...Read More

PHOTO: Train carrying crude oil. A Bay Area environmental group has sued a Sacramento air-quality district for failing to require an environmental review of a crude-oil transfer station at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento. Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An environmental group is accusing air-quality officials of sneaking under the radar and quietly "rubber-stamping" permits for a crude-oil transfer station at a former air force base. A lawsuit filed by Earthjustice claims the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management Distr ...Read More

PHOTO: People's Climate March events take place on Saturday in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in support of the national People's Climate March in New York City. Photo courtesy of People's Climate March.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – People's Climate March events are being held in New Mexico on Saturday to show solidarity with the national People's Climate March in New York City, ahead of next week's Climate Summit at the United Nations. Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter ...Read More

PHOTO: There is contamination of drinking water associated with hydraulic fracturing, but a new study also finds the primary cause is from faulty shale gas wells, not migrating methane from the process itself. Photo credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A new study finds contamination of drinking water in parts of Texas from the extraction of shale gas, but the primary cause is not what some people had feared. Researcher Avner Vengosh says the contamination of the wells that they analyzed was not directly from the process of hy ...Read More

PHOTO: As summer draws to a close, a new report examines the importance of clean water for millions of Illinoisans, like the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County. Photo credit: GoodFreePhotos.com.

CHICAGO - Whether it's for boating, fishing, or swimming, a new report indicates Illinoisans love to take to the water, and new legislation goes before Congress this week that could extend needed protections to some of those waterways. According to the new Summer Fun Index from Environment Illinois ...Read More

PHOTO: Wisconsin has thousands of small streams such as this one, and the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, says a recent manure spill of more than a million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River and netted the polluter a $464 fine sends the wrong message about keeping our environment clean. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)

MADISON, Wis. - A recent manure spill of more than 1 million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River in Marathon County netted the offender a fine of only $464 from the Department of Natural Resources. Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations for the state's largest environmen ...Read More

A coalition of conservation groups wants the EPA to reassess the impact pollution runoff from farming and coal mining has on Kentucky's water and the wildlife that depends on that water. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution. The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Ag ...Read More

PHOTO: Florida Power & Light's voluntary program would fund small solar projects in the state. Florida ranks third in the country for solar potential, but 12th for solar capacity installed. Photo courtesy: Stephanie Carson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state's largest energy provider – Florida Power & Light – got the OK this week to ask customers for a $9 donation to fund solar installations in the state. While the plan, approved by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC), sounds like a step towards ...Read More

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