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PHOTO: The Central Islip Cougars and their coaches are anxious about what impact illegal toxic dumping in or near a playground and recreation areas might have on their upcoming season. Photo courtesy Kenneth Cox.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – The illegal dumping of thousands of pounds of toxic materials in a playground and other sites in Brentwood, Central Islip and other locations has thrown a local boys football team for a loss of yardage – a temporary one, team members hope. The city had been promis ...Read More

PHOTO: Ocean acidification is eroding coral reefs, like this one in Pacific Panama. Photo credit: Derek Manzello

MIAMI – This weekend, thousands of people will enjoy Florida’s beaches, but many may not realize the saltwater they're swimming in is becoming increasingly acidic. Another unpleasant side effect of global warming, ocean acidification is a steady decrease in the pH levels of ocean water ...Read More

PHOTO: Concern over cell towers and their potential impact on real estate values have some New Yorkers pushing back against installing them in or near residential areas. Photo credit: National Institute for Science Law and Public Policy.

LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. - Property owners around the state are casting wary glances at neighborhood cell towers, antennas and other installations that emit electromagnetic frequencies, or EMF. A recent survey by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy showed that 79 percent of the pa ...Read More

Senate Bill 1255, just signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, is aimed at reducing the amount of polluted stormwater that ends up in Pennsylvania's streams and rivers. Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Stormwater can carry motor oil, cigarette butts and other things into Pennsylvania's rivers and streams. But a new law could lead to less stormwater-related pollution. The law lets communities allow property owners to implement stormwater management practices. Such methods could l ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington's favorite entree is one reason Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed an update to the state's water quality laws. But commercial fishing and water-keepers' groups are already in court asking the EPA to step in. Photo credit: gbh007/iStockphoto.com.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing an update to the state's water quality rules. On its surface, it sounds like good news for fans of Northwest-caught seafood. But commercial fishermen and four 'water-keeper' organizations are saying it's too little, too late. They're in federal court, a ...Read More

PHOTO: This fire at a fracking well site in Monroe County is intensifying efforts by some to update Ohio's chemical disclosure laws. Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency.

WOODSFIELD, Ohio - Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in "fracking." The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad, ...Read More

PHOTO: Summer beach-goers to Kohler-Andrae Beach near Sheboygan might not have realized the National Resources Defense Council has just ranked Wisconsin beaches eighth-worst in the nation for water pollution. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The water quality at Wisconsin beaches is eighth-worst in the nation, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Anne Sayers, program director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, sees the findings as a shocking wake-up call. "I would certain ...Read More

PHOTO: Those who rely on local and fresh foods in Iowa are asking for more careful application of pesticides by farmers who use them on their crops. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The picnic tables will be loaded with fresh foods as friends and family gather for the Fourth of July, but some in Iowa believe there is a threat to the integrity of those locally produced fruits and vegetables. Donna Prizgintas, a chef in Ames who relies on fresh ingredients fro ...Read More

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