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22 Aug Air Force alone in halting use of foam that tainted wells. The Air Force said last week that it would stop using the firefighting foam that over years contaminated some local water supplies, but no other military branch has a public plan to ban the foam at its bases. Philadelphia Inquirer.

19 Aug US Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination near Colorado Springs. The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites. Associated Press.

19 Aug US study: Cancer rates in three ZIPs around bases aren't part of a cancer cluster. A federal agency?s review of cancer data in three communities affected by groundwater contamination near area military bases found the disease rate doesn't meet the government definition of a cancer cluster. Burlington County Times.

16 Aug Erin Brockovich on the ?terrifying? water crisis in Australia. The woman made famous by Julia Roberts? Oscar-winning performance in the 2000 film about water contamination in Hinkley, California, is currently in Australia to lend her celebrity power to the environmental disaster in Oakey, Queensland. News.com.au.

10 Aug Studies highlight toxic chemicals in drinking water. A study released this week highlights how 6 million Americans are living with drinking water that?s laced with toxic chemicals. West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

10 Aug NJ a hot spot for 'Teflon' chemical in drinking water, study says. While they may produce items valued by consumers, "Teflon" chemicals also show up in New Jersey's drinking water with greater frequency than any state except California, according to a Harvard University analysis of water samples nationwide. Newark Star-Ledger.

10 Aug Lawyer in PFOA class-action case against DuPont hits NYS Health Department. An Ohio lawyer who represents an estimated 3,500 people in a class-action lawsuit against DuPont is urging the state Health Department not to downplay the health risks of a dangerous chemical. Albany Times Union.

10 Aug Study finds widespread contamination of Ohio Valley drinking water. A study of drinking water systems found 6 million Americans, including people in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, are living with drinking water containing chemicals linked to a host of health problems. Murray WKMS.

9 Aug Study showing decline in dog fertility may have human implications. 26-year study of canine sperm shows an overall decline in quality, and may also shed light on fertility changes seen in male humans. The Guardian.

28 Jul EPA data shows toxic PFCs in two large Michigan water systems. A pair of unregulated pollutants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency links to thyroid disorders and childhood developmental issues are being found in two large Michigan public water supplies. MLive Detroit.

28 Jul First PFOA personal injury suit filed. The first lawsuit that claims water contaminated with PFOA in Hoosick Falls led to an illness has been filed by a New York City firm. Berkshire Eagle.

22 Jul Defendant wants PFOA lawsuit thrown out. The complaint, filed in May, asks that Saint-Gobain pay damages for the effects the PFOA contamination found in a number of private wells in North Bennington and Bennington has had on residents. Rutland Herald.

19 Jul Push on to include PFCs in Portsmouth water report. City resident Andrea Amico asked city officials to issue an updated annual water quality report, including all PFCs or at least send out a letter ?with updated information to include all the PFCs detected in the drinking water as soon as possible.? Portsmouth Herald.

8 Jul Scientists warn Nairobi fish have chemicals that could cause cancer. An investigation by researchers from the University of Nairobi tested 213 fish samples from 60 ponds in Kiambu and Machakos and found them to be contaminated with banned agricultural chemicals. Nairobi Daily Nation.

8 Jul Water contamination issues grip Colorado Springs-area residents. People living south of Colorado Springs are expected to gather at a high school Thursday night to hear from county health and local utility officials about an invisible toxic chemical contaminating public water supplies. Denver Post.


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