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EPA plans for unlimited dumping of fracking wastewater in the Gulf

10/16/2016 - If you think that there are rules in place limiting the amount of toxic chemicals that can be released into the nation's waters, the Center for Biological Diversity has some bad news for you: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to allow unlimited amounts of fracking wastewater to be dumped...

Wastewater rapidly poisoning vegetables with heavy metals

9/27/2016 - Could poo irrigation techniques be causing heavy metals to build up in produce? New research indicates that irrigating agricultural land with wastewater leads to an accumulation of heavy metals in the soil, which in turn leads to heavy metals in the food supply. Recently published by a group of researchers...

Hospital wastewater releases deadly superbugs directly into the environment

9/14/2016 - Nearly all wastewater samples tested as part of a new study on "superbugs" were found to be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to reports. Scientists, publishing their work in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that, among 11 sites tested throughout France, 96 percent...

'Stop watering our food with fossil fuel chemicals!' Californians pressure governor to abandon practice of spraying crops with fracking wastewater

7/21/2016 - California residents are gathering signatures for a petition calling for Governor Jerry Brown and the State Water Board to take action against the use of oilfield wastewater for food crop irrigation. Concerned citizens gathered Saturday at grocery stores throughout the state, talking to fellow Californians...

Obama administration OK's dumping 76 billion gallons of wastewater into Gulf of Mexico before quietly approving hundreds of offshore fracking permits

7/7/2016 - Over the course of his presidency, Barrack Obama transformed from a politician who spoke of the need to wean the country from its dangerous dependence on oil to one who boasted of how much he had done to boost domestic oil drilling. Now documents obtained via a lawsuit reveal how the administration...

Vegetables treated with irrigated wastewater worsen human exposure to prescription drugs

5/19/2016 - As water shortages increase globally, reusing water for agriculture and household purposes is on the rise too. A recent study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center, discovered that consuming food grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed...

Environmental groups sue EPA, demand it stop using fracking wastewater on farmland

5/16/2016 - Several environmental groups have joined forces to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to try to put a stop to the practice of using wastewater from fracking on farmland. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, entails injecting large amounts of water into the earth to break...

Fracking runoff often leaves wastewater too toxic to be reused for drinking... so it's being dumped on our farmland instead

5/12/2016 - The runoff from fracking results in wastewater that is considered too toxic for anyone to drink, so why is it being dumped on farmland instead? Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, entails injecting water, sand and various chemicals underneath the ground to stimulate the flow of gas so that it can...

Wastewater discharge into streams can lead to rapid antibiotic resistance, bacterial infections and disease

5/2/2016 - Discharges from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may be a major contributor to the evolution of antibiotic resistance in the wild, according to a study partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Bacteria naturally possess an intrinsic resistance to toxic chemicals, including antibiotics,...

Could fracking be causing cancer? This experiment's results say YES... and quite rapidly, too!

3/31/2016 - According to statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas now powers about 33 percent of the US electrical grid, but the technique that's used to extract oil from the ground today is much different from the drilling methods of the past. To speed up the process, a high-tech...

Fracking in your town? Don't drink the water if you don't want cancer!

2/25/2016 - For years, scientists and residents of areas where fracking is performed have raised concerns that the controversial mining practice could be causing cancer. Now a direct link has been demonstrated for the first time, in a collaborative study by numerous respected U.S. and Chinese institutions, and...

California government allows fracking companies to inject 3 billion gallons of wastewater into aquifer despite worst drought ever

1/22/2016 - At a time when California is facing droughts of historic proportions and its residents are in desperate need of water, government officials have admitted that errors have been made in which billions of gallons of wastewater has been re-injected into underground aquifers where high-quality drinking water...

Zeolites, heavy metals and aluminum: Most scientific studies examine wastewater treatment or soil remediation, not human dietary consumption

11/2/2015 - Based on my recent articles revealing the composition and function of zeolites, some readers are asking questions to gain a deeper understanding of what zeolites are made of, how they work, and where they don't work. Below, I present three of the most common questions, along with informative answers. As...

Wastewater disposal wells cause destructive earthquakes in central Oklahoma

7/11/2014 - Injection wells used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling are causing earthquakes that may place public safety at risk, researchers are increasingly warning. Most recently, in a study published in the journal Science on July 3, researchers from Cornell University concluded that the...

In-ground wastewater disposal contaminates environment with mercury

3/26/2014 - Pervasive, toxic forms of mercury are derived from more than just the pollution of unclean coal-fired power plants around the world. Traces of toxic mercury, often measured in waste water, can be exacerbated by chemical processes that take place in wastewater after it's released into the ground. Biogeochemist...

Scientists discover how to remove harmful phosphorus from wastewater

2/10/2014 - Natural News does not support the widespread use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture because of the harm that they can do to soil and because of the toxins that they can deposit in nearby streams and water tables. That said, when there is a new technology that seeks to remove chemical toxicity caused...

Study: Deadly 'superbug' MRSA now being found at U.S. wastewater treatment plants

5/21/2013 - Using reclaimed water to irrigate lawns, parks, gardens, and various other types of landscaping is common in many communities across the U.S., particularly in areas prone to water shortages and drought. But a new study headed by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggests...

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