rivers and lakes
"Amphibians are one of nature's best indicators of
overall environmental health. Their catastrophic decline serves as a
warning that we are in a period of significant
environmental degradation." - Russell A. Mittermeier, president of
"When the EPA, charged with the job of protecting
our environment for the benefit of the American people,
stone walls on regulating a known
toxin in public drinking water, in my mind it is akin to our government
saying it's OK to poison Americans." - Mike Laskavy
former employee of the EPA charges the federal government of the US with
turning a blind eye to the systematic poisoning of America's food supply,
animals, water, and people.
Anaconda Copper smelting from
1884 to 1980 contaminates 120 miles of the Clark Fork River in Montana.
1920's Powerine Oil Co. dumped oil wastes from
the 1920's to the 60's creating an under ground pool of
toxic sludge some 900 feet wide in
Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles.
1951 Pacific Gas
& Electric Topock facility dumps waste water containing chromium 6 untreated into
percolation beds from 1951 to 1969.
States Coast Guard discovered a plume of oil beneath Brooklyn, New York
containing between 17 million and 30 million gallons of oil that had migrated
from tank farms.
In St. Maries, Idaho a wood treatment facility is found to be leaching
contaminates into the St. Joe River.
The facility operated as a
creosote wood pole treating plant from the 1930s through the 1960s.
Coal tar creosote is
Coal tar products
are used in 'medicines' to
treat skin diseases such as psoriasis, and are also used as animal and bird
repellents, insecticides, restricted pesticides, animal dips, and
1999 Massive 7 million tire fire in
Westley, California releases 250,000 gallons of oil into a gully which runs
into the California Aqueduct.
Sunoco pipeline spills 192,000 gallons of oil into a pond and surrounding
wetlands in the John
Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania.
Buried 28 inch
Explorer Pipeline Co. pipeline ruptured spilling over 500,000 gallons of
gasoline into Lake Tawakoni, Texas which is used as a backup water supply
reservoir by the City of Dallas.
Columbia Terminals Inc. pleads guilty to illegally disposing over 500,000
gallons of hazardous chemicals. The incorporation will pay $1.3 million in
Hecla Mining Co. agrees to pay $138 million over the next 30
years as part of a settlement for cleanup costs associated with toxic mine
tailings in the Coeur d'Alene basin, in the 1,500 square mile Bunker Hill area,
Idaho. Estimated cleanup costs will run $1.3 billion.
State of Colorado
determines over 50,000 fish were killed along a 7.4 mile length of Clear Creek
by Coors Brewing Co. from the release of 77,000 gallons of bad beer into the
tributary of the Colorado River.
House of Representatives passes a
measure ordering the EPA to reduce the current maximum allowable level of
arsenic in drinking water, 50 parts per billion (ppb), by 80% - in effect
backing the 10 ppb put into affect by the Clinton administration and
subsequently rescinded by the George Walker Bush administration. Arsenic in
drinking water can cause lung, bladder and skin cancer and according to a study
by the National Academy of Sciences, the current 50 ppb standard "could easily"
result in a cancer risk of 1 in
every 100 people exposed. Three thousand water systems nationwide serving over
13 million people currently supply water which exceeds the 10 ppb level.
2002 Measurements taken in Red Lion Creek,
Delaware found levels of benzene at up to 22,000 times federal drinking water
standards. The benzene contamination resulted from tank failures of the
Metachem Chemical facility spilling 6.8 million pounds of chlorinated benzene
compounds into the soil in 1986. The
facility had been one of the world's largest producers of chlorinated benzenes
which were used in pesticides, herbicides, dyes and
Gasoline from a ruptured pipeline
of SFPP L.P., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partner L.P.
contaminates soil and
ground water in
Tucson, Arizona. The spill, estimated at 10,000 gallons, was larger as some
52,000 gallons had been recovered by January, 2005.
chemicals into Petrolia, Pennsylvania wells. Cromptom Corporation agrees to pay
$4.5 having acquired companies that dumped chemicals at the landfill during the
1950s and 1960s. Beazer East Inc. agrees to pay $18.1 million in cleanup costs.
Kaiser Aluminum agreed to pay $24 million in cleanup costs for 66
4 million gallon underground plume of gasoline
contaminates the ground
water of Hartford, Illinois. Pipelines carrying gasoline from a refinery to
the Mississippi River were leaking 15,120 gallons of gasoline per week. The
facility operated from 1981 to 2002 when the refinery was
2004 Study by the nonprofit group
Center for Progressive Regulation concludes that many states do not have
the money to enforce the federal Clean Water Act.
150 species of
amphibians have become extinct. As
many as 55% of all known species, more than 3,000, could be on the verge of
extinction according to a report
published in the journal
Science in October . More than 500 scientists were included in the first
global amphibian assessment.
Amphibians serve as sentinels for
environmental problems that might be jeopardizing entire ecological systems. In
America, 21 % of known species are threatened with
indeed telling us that the Earth is being harmed right where you and I live,"
said Andrew R. Blaustein, director of the graduate program in environmental
sciences at Oregon State University.
Wells 125 feet from the Colorado
River, a drinking water source for some
18 million Californians, are found to have levels of chromium 6 at 100
EPA developes three options to remediate
pollution caused by mining waste
along Butte's Metro Storm Drain, Montana.
Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp.
agreed to remove thorium contamination from Kress Creek and the DuPage. From
the 1930s, Lindsay Light and Chemical Corp. began processing ore to make
radioactive thorium used in the manufacture of gas lamp mantles. Kerr-McGee
bought the facility in 1967 and closed it 6 years later. During the years of
operation, the facility dumped waste water into local creeks. An estimated
800,000 tons of mill tailings were also generated and were spread around the
community for use as landfill for flood plains and on residential
It is found a redeveloped limestone mining and cement
manufacturing plant has failed to cap cement kiln dust piles creating a high pH
leachate contain metals, including mercury and arsenic which is seeping into
Little Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, Michigan.
Mobil Exploration and
Producing US, Inc. settles a federal and state action by agreeing to pay $5.5
million for spilling oil in tributaries of the San Juan River, Utah between
1991 and 1999.
Plastics maker Keysor-Century Corp. will pay $4.3M
dumping for toxic waste water into the Santa Clara River, California.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. agrees to cleanup an Albuquerque,
New Mexico wood treatment facility. The wood treatment facility operated from
1908 to 1972 releasing creosote into the soil and
EPA states that Colonial Pipeline is responsible for "at
least 194" oil spills
in 12 states from 1966 to 1994 and "numerous" spills in subsequent years. In
one spill, more than 950,000 gallons of
diesel fuel spilled into the
Reedy River in South Carolina in 1996, killing 35,000 fish and other species of
wildlife, and dispersing more than 34 miles downstream.
ship spills 265,000 gallons of oil into the Delaware River.
Drinking water wells in Glendale,
California are found to contain levels of chromium 6 at 49 parts per billion
(ppb). The city council has set a safety limit of 5 ppb for chromium 6, while
the state maximum allowable level remains at 50 ppb.
Remediation of the
Clark Fork River basin, Montana will cost $1 billion.
responsible for contaminating an aquifer used by residents of the Myrtle Grove
Trailer Park for drinking water. High
levels of the carcinogen vinyl
chloride, a toxic colorless gas with a sweet odor used to make polyvinyl
chloride (PVC), were found in 1997, 1998 and 2001.
EPA concludes cleanup
of up to 355,000 contaminated sites nationwide will cost up to $280 billion
over the next 35 years.
Accounting Office reports there was between 450,000 and 1,000,000 brownfield
sites in America. New York City contains approximately 6,000 properties
designated as brownfield sites.
EPA announces over 300,000 sites with
leaking under ground storage tanks have been remediated over the past 20 years.
Some 130,000 leaking under ground storage tanks still need to be cleaned up and
4 out of every 10 under ground storage tanks remain out of compliance with
Levels of chromium 6 in a well within 60 feet of the
Colorado River measure 354 parts per billion (ppb). The allowable limit set by
the state is 50 ppb. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. (PG&E) uses chromium
6 as a rust prevention agent in natural gas compressor stations along the
incorporation's pipelines during 1950s and 1960s.
Oil agrees to pay all cleanup costs necessary to remediate contamination
caused by leaking under ground storage tanks at 184 gas stations in Orange
County, California. British Petroleum,
which acquired Atlantic Richfield has cleaned up 10 of 60 gas stations where
contamination has occurred.
Weyerhaeuser agrees to remediate
contamination at a mill and a landfill near the Kalamazoo River, Michigan. The
landfill reportedly contains hundreds of thousands of pounds of
Allegheny Ludlum Corporation agrees to pay $2.4 million to
wsuit filed by the State of Pennsylvania which alleged that in the 1990s the
steelmaker dumped acids and waste into Pennsylvania
rivers. Litigation continued for nine
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
pleads guilty to failure to promptly report an
oil spill from one of
its 14 inch pipelines to California state regulators. The incorporation waited
18 hours to report the spill which dumped 123,774 gallons of oil into wetlands
near San Francisco Bay in April 2004. The state's Attorney General stated that
"the incorporation has sort of brushed off civil penalties in the past and
thought they were just the cost of doing business."
Regional Water Quality Control Board orders Micro Matic USA draft beer
equipment maker to cleanup up
contamination emanating from its Northridge, California facility. A
perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene or PCE plume runs beneath the facility
and under area homes. Levels of PCE have been measured at more than 300 times
levels considered safe for drinking
water. The incorporation has operated the facility for nearly 50
Wisconsin circuit court judge fines home improvement retailer
Menard Inc. $2,025,000 for discharging pollutants from one of its distribution
centers into a maintenance shop drain contaminating the Chippewa River.
Regulators alleged that employees disposed of solvents, cleansers, oils and
other pollutants by pouring them
into the shop drain.
Eleven California companies are fined $8.2 million
to settle their liability for the cleanup of volatile organic compounds
water beneath the city of Industry and portions of La Puente and Walnut.
The firms used solvents for degreasing operations. The settling defendants
include: Acorn Engineering Co., Aerosol Services Co. Inc., GOE Engineering Co.,
Hexcel Corp., Lansco Die Casting Inc., Herring Investments LLC, Somitex Prints
of California Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, and Utility Trailer Manufacturing
Co. Over 30 square miles of
ground water beneath
the San Gabriel Valley may be contaminated.
EPA approves a $29 million
cleanup plan for the Solvents Recovery Service of New England Superfund site in
Southington. The incorporation disposed of millions of gallons of solvents and
oil from 1955 and 1991 by dumping them into lagoons and leach fields. The site
is some 500 feet from the Quinnipiac River. Ground water beneath the site is
contaminated with acetone, toluene and other volatile organic compounds. The
soil at the site is contaminated with
lead, cadmium and PCBs.
Study by the nonprofit research organization
Environmental Working Group (EWG),
which involved a review of two years worth of information on tap water gathered
by regulators in 42 states, found 141 contaminants for which there are no
enforceable health standards. Nineteen of these contaminants were found in
levels that exceeded the EPA's unenforced safety guidelines for water utilities
serving 10,000 people or more. Contaminants included gasoline additive
MTBE, rocket fuel component
perchlorate and several
industrial solvents. According to the study, the top 10 states with the most
contaminants in their drinking water
were: California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York,
Nevada, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The study also found 119 contaminants for
which enforceable heath standards exist including nitrates, arsenic and barium.
According to the Environmental Working
Group, the contaminated tap water is used by over one hundred million
people in the 42 states.
2006 Remediation of
contaminants at and from the former Anaconda copper mine in Nevada will cost between
$100 million and $1 billion.
began work on an "Amphibian Ark." A deadly new fungus, the chytrid fungus, is
decimating amphibian populations worldwide. Scientists
hope to collect uninfected amphibians and lock
them away to save amphibians from extinction.
David B. Wake of
UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, a leading amphibian
expert, called the prospects for
amphibian survival "very grim."
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners
pays $5.3 million to settle charges addressing the April 2004 spill at the
Suisun Marsh in Solano County, the February 2005 76,902 gallon-spill at Oakland
Inner Harbor in Alameda, and the April 2005 300 gallon-spill into Summit Creek
that impacted waters in the pristine Donner Lake watershed in the Sierra Nevada
Range in Placer County. The spills, on Kinder Morgan's 3,000-mile Pacific
Operations Unit pipeline system, discharged a combined 200,976 gallons of
diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline into waters, sensitive ecosystems, and
impacted endangered and other species, habitat and commercial
of 925 major rivers from 1948 to 2004 finds significant changes in about a
third. Of those, rivers with decreased flow outnumbered those with increased
flow by a ratio of about 2.5 to 1. The reduction in river flow to the Pacific
Ocean alone is about equal to shutting off the Mississippi River.
Water Act does not prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from allowing mining
waste to be dumped into rivers, streams and other waters.
Corps of Engineers permit, issued in 2005, said that 4.5 million tons of waste
from the Kensington mine could be dumped into the lake even though it would
obliterate life in its waters." - Leslie Kaufman
"If a mining
incorporation can turn Lower Slate Lake in Alaska into a lifeless waste dump,
other polluters with solids in their wastewater can potentially do the same to
any water body in America." - Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice
"Reports from conservationists, salmon-stream walkers and
ecotourism guides all along British Columbia's wild central coast indicate
a collapse of salmon runs has triggered
widespread death from starvation of black and grizzly bears.
Those guides are on the front lines of
what they say is an unfolding ecological disaster that is so new that it has
not been documented by biologists." - Mark Hume, 09/10/09
never experienced anything like this. There has been a huge drop in the number
of bears we see," said Doug Neasloss, a bear-viewing guide with the
Kitasoo-Xaixais tribes in
Klemtu, about 180 kilometres south of Kitimat.
"River systems that in
the past had 50,000 to 60,000 chum have now got 10 fish. The chum runs have
been fished out. The collapse of the Fraser sockeye and now the north-coast
chum salmon runs is leading
to ecological collapse of our coast ecosystems. We've seen the biological
extinction of a [salmon] species, and now we're seeing the impact on bears.
I've talked to stream walkers [who monitor salmon runs] who have been out for a
month and have yet to see any bears." - Ian McAllister, 09/10/09
British Columbia's Fraser River watershed fishery managers expected 10 to 13
million sockeye in the fall 2009 run. About 1 million showed
According to EPA data more than 23 million people received drinking
water from municipal systems that violated a health-based standard.
estimated 19.5 million Americans fall ill each year from drinking water
contaminated with parasites, bacteria or viruses, according to a study
published in 2008 in the scientific journal Reviews of Environmental
Contamination and Toxicology. These figures do not count toxic industrial
The most frequently detected toxic industrial
chemical contaminants cause cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders.
According to EPA compliance forms submitted by corporate polluters the Clean
Water Act has been violated more than 506,000 times since 2004, by more than
2004 US Geological Survey reports
that tree ring reconstructions of Colorado River flows determine that the
lowest five year average flow of the Colorado River occurred between 1590 and
The average yearly flow at that time was determined to be 8.84
million acre-feet. During the Dust Bowl years 1930 to
1937 the average yearly flow was
10.2 million acre-feet. Between the years 2001 and 2004 the average yearly flow
was 5.4 million acre-feet. Since 2000, the Basin has been experiencing a
historic, extended drought that has impacted regional water supply and other
resources, such as hydropower, recreation, and ecologic services.
During this time, the Colorado River Basin has experienced its lowest
16-year period of inflow in over 100 years of record keeping, and reservoir
storage in the Colorado River system has declined from nearly full to about
half of capacity. The Upper Colorado River Basin supplies approximately 90
percent of the water for the entire Basin. This water originates as
precipitation and snowmelt in the Rocky and Wasatch Mountains.
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