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Jun
19

Philadelphia’s Emerging Lead-Contamination Crisis

Environmental Tort Law Blog

This weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran the most recent installment of its series “Toxic City,” written by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell.  The series examines environmental risks to the City’s residents, especially those who are poor, minorities, and children. The first installment exposed the harm lead paint in old homes to primarily poor

May
25

Propane Leak Causes Evacuations in Gloucester County

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A propane leak in Logan Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey caused evacuations on Thursday afternoon. Apparently, a 30,000-gallon railroad tank car was parked at the Pureland Industrial Park and started to leak propane from a valve. One individual was taken to the Crozer Chester Medical Center for a medical evaluation, and mass evacuations within a half-mile

May
10

Chemicals Found in Chincoteague Drinking Water Supply

Environmental Tort Law Blog

After water testing was conducted, chemicals used in firefighting foam were discovered in the Chincoteague, Virginia water supply. Both NASA and the town are monitoring the wells to determine if the chemicals, notably poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs), found in water samples taken from the wells near the former fire training center at the NASA

May
02

Testing Finds Dangerous Vapor Exposure in California Homes

Environmental Tort Law Blog

Recent testing conducted in a El Cajon, California mobile home park showed dangerous vapor exposure permeating throughout the homes. The vapor, which came from underground pollution originating from discarded chemical waste on the former manufacturing site, infiltrated the homes. Despite contrary assumptions that the air testing back in October would deem the homes free from

Apr
25

Lead and Pesticides Discovered at Former Dumont Farm

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A recently court-ordered report showed soil samples from a former Dumont, New Jersey farm containing elevated levels of lead and evidence of banned pesticides. The property is slated to be redeveloped into nearly 150 apartments and over 20 affordable-housing units. During the most recent hearing regarding the land redevelopment, the State Superior Court Judge ordered

Apr
17

Bergen County Environmentalists Distraught by Local Illegal Dumping

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A group of local environmentalists in Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey are distraught after the discovery of the illegal dumping of dirt piles containing used lead bullet casings behind the county Safety Training center. Despite guidelines regarding the proper disposal of bullet casings after significant pile-ups, the training center failed to clean up the piles,

Apr
04

New Jersey Pregnancies Affected by Pennsylvania Pollution

Environmental Tort Law Blog

In a new study, it was discovered pollution in Pennsylvania affected New Jersey pregnancies in four of its northwestern counties. This was the first study of the prenatal impact of coal emissions, and shows that children born in Hunterdon County, Morris County, Sussex County, and Warren County from 1990 to 2006 may have been impacted

Mar
29

Water Contaminated with Chemicals Surrounds New Jersey Military Base

Environmental Tort Law Blog

The US Air Force found that water contaminated with chemicals surrounds and is located in the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  Both perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), contained in the firefighting foam used at the base for decades, are affecting the water on and off the base, according to preliminary tests. On base, levels of the

Mar
03

Pennsylvania Water Contamination Lawyers: Contaminated Wells in Pennsylvania

WCB Blog

“PFOA” and “PFOS” are fluorinated organic chemicals that have recently shown up in alarming levels in several private wells in Buckingham, Doylestown Township, and Plumstead, Pennsylvania. Out of 280 private wells in the area investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), three were discovered to have triple the level deemed safe by the

Feb
13

PFOA Lawsuit Settlement Reached for DuPont and Chemours

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A settlement has been reached in multiple PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) lawsuits against DuPont and Chemours. The settlement originated from over 3500 lawsuits filed against the two Delaware companies for claims that the chemical PFOA infiltrated the Ohio River from the former DuPont plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Over 10 years ago, the plant ceased operations.

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