New Report Discusses Health Effects of Nitrates in Drinking Water

Today the Iowa Environmental Council released an overview of research conducted on the health effects of nitrates in drinking water. The report, entitled “Nitrate in Drinking Water: A Public Health Concern for all Iowans,” suggests the negative health impacts may extend further than just the risk of methemoglobinemia, or blue baby syndrome. At a time […]

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Toxic Algae Persists, but No “Official” Measurement of Dead Zone This Year

On July 29, NOAA announced cancellation of the annual measurement of the Gulf Coast Dead Zone for the first time in 27 years, despite issuing a dire projection of its size earlier in the summer. Since 1985, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium has conducted an annual measurement of the size of the Dead Zone, an area […]

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Prediction for 2016 Dead Zone is Massive

The newest Dead Zone projection from Louisiana researchers shows that EPA is far short of a major goal to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf. In 2001, EPA pledged to reduce the Mississippi River pollution destroying aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, but it predict an even larger Dead Zone in 2016 than last year.  […]

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Nitrogen & Phosphorus Pollution Worse, Not Better

It has been almost 20 years since the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) was created to reduce, mitigate, and control hypoxia in the region, and over a year since its major deadline – to shrink the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico by 45% by 2015 – came and went. But not only […]

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MRC Groups Fight Georgia-Pacific Permit

In Crossett, Arkansas, Mississippi River Collaborative groups, among others, have been fighting EPA for its approval of a permit for a Georgia-Pacific paper plant that they believe is polluting waterways. The permit for that plant, which is privately owned by the Koch brothers, is due to be reissued soon, and the EPA and Arkansas Department of […]

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A Clean Water Win in Iowa

Two of the Mississippi River Collaborative’s member organizations celebrated a recent win for clean water. An Iowa District Court sided with the Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center when it ruled the Iowa DNR failed to appropriately enforce the state’s clean water anti-degradation standards when it approved a wastewater treatment project that […]

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MRC Group Files Lawsuit Against EPA

St. Louis, MO: The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE), a member of the Mississippi River Collaborative, has filed a lawsuit alleging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated its mandatory duty to issue effective nutrient standards under the Clean Water Act for lakes in Missouri. Nutrients, primarily nitrogen and phosphorus, are among the biggest polluters […]

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MCE Demands EPA Enforce Clean Water Act

St. Louis, MO: It has been four years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) rejected Missouri’s proposed nutrient standards for lakes, and neither the State of Missouri nor US EPA has taken action to promulgate new, effective standards. Friday, in order to remedy this failure, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) sent […]

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Massive Dead Zone Announced, EPA Sidesteps Goal

New Orleans, LA—Today’s Dead Zone announcement from Louisiana researchers revealed that EPA has failed to meet a major goal it set in 2001 to reduce Mississippi River water pollution that is destroying aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana University Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University issued a LUMCON earlier today in which […]

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Court Rules EPA Accountable under APA

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on April 7, 2015 in Gulf Restoration Network et al. v. McCarthy. At issue is EPA’s refusal to make a determination as to whether or not limits on nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are necessary under the Clean Water Act and, if limits are necessary, to set […]

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