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Abrahm Lustgarten
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As Climate Warms, Hurricane Impact Felt Far From Coast

Insurance companies retreated from some communities amid stronger storms, leaving a “last-resort” plan to fill the growing gap.

September 17, 2018

Pentagon And EPA Misled Public For Years On Toxic Threat

The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains.

July 11, 2018

How RDX Munitions Pollute Our Waterways

British chemists toiled with a tripod-shaped bond of nitrogen and oxygen molecules linked by carbon and hydrogen they referred to as “research department explosive” — a substance one and a half times as powerful as TNT, but so delicate it had to be mixed with beeswax to be stable and pliable enough to fit into warheads.

December 26, 2017

How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

In August 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s handling of its hazardous waste.

September 27, 2017

Dangerous Pollutants In Military’s Open Burns Greater Than Thought, Tests Indicate

The federal government appears to have significantly underestimated the amount of lead, arsenic and other dangerous pollutants that are sent into the air from uncontrolled burning of hazardous waste at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia, according to a draft of a long-awaited report compiled by researchers at the Environmental Protection Agency.

August 3, 2017

Open Burns, Ill Winds

hortly after dawn most weekdays, a warning siren rips across the flat, swift water of the New River running alongside the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Red lights warning away boaters and fishermen flash from the plant, the nation’s largest supplier of propellant for artillery and the source of explosives for almost every American bullet fired overseas.

July 21, 2017

EPA’s Abandoned Wyoming Fracking Study One Retreat Of Many

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica. When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar investigation into water contamination in a central Wyoming natural gas field last month, it shocked environmentalists and energy industry supporters alike. In 2011, the agency had issued a blockbuster draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame […]

July 8, 2013

Poisoning The Well: How The Feds Let Industry Pollute The Nation’s Underground Water Supply

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica. Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in […]

December 11, 2012

Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP’s “lack of business integrity” and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The sanction, however, has been years in the making. BP has been criminally convicted in four previous cases — including a […]

November 29, 2012

New Study: Fluids From Marcellus Shale Likely Seeping Into Pennsylvania Drinking Water

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica. New research has concluded that salty, mineral-rich fluids deep beneath Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields are likely seeping upward thousands of feet into drinking water supplies. Though the fluids were natural and not the byproduct of drilling or hydraulic fracturing, the finding further stokes the red-hot controversy over fracking in the Marcellus […]

July 9, 2012

New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate to Aquifers Within Years

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and […]

May 2, 2012

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica   Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, no one has been held accountable. Sure, there have been about $8 […]

April 20, 2012

Feds Link Water Contamination To Fracking For The First Time

by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica, Dec. 8, 2011, 8:18 p.m. In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process. The findings by the Environmental Protection Agency come partway through a separate national […]

December 9, 2011