When radio reporter Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco traveled to the Iowa-Illinois border in early November, he found many residents unaware.
Black and Hispanic communities more likely to have drinking water with PFAS
Report says 18 million Americans have drinking water with “forever chemicals.”
Mississippi River shipping infrastructure is aging. Who should pay for the repairs?
Around 175 million tons of freight travels on the Mississippi River each year, and from the river’s headwaters to southern Illinois, a series of locks and dams guide barges through the journey.
Judge signals hesitance to shut down pipeline, pleads with Wisconsin tribe to work with oil company
A federal judge signaled Thursday he will not force an energy company to shut down an oil pipeline in northern Wisconsin, despite arguments from a Native American tribe that the line is at immediate risk of being exposed by erosion and rupturing on reservation land.
Wisconsin environmental regulators settle wastewater lawsuit with large dairy farm
Wisconsin environmental regulators have settled a lawsuit alleging permit requirements they imposed on one of the state’s largest dairy operations are too harsh. Court documents show the state Department of Natural Resources’ settlement with Kewaunee County-based Kinnard Farms became effective Saturday.
Rail merger means more hazmat shipped along upper Mississippi
A recently completed merger between two of the country’s top-tier rail lines will send more trains along the upper Mississippi River — and in some areas, thousands more car loads of hazardous materials.
Mississippi River crests at Davenport, Iowa, testing barriers
The Mississippi River has crested at Davenport, Iowa, after rising for several days due to a spring surge of water from melting snow.
Mississippi River floodwaters swamp upper Midwest
A very wet winter is bringing major spring flooding along the upper Mississippi River. In some communities, the floodwaters are among the top three on record. Though the water is expected to crest and start receding in most places by next week, its impacts will linger.
EPA still lacks method for measuring CAFO air pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not complied with its own mandate to protect Americans from the harm of air pollution from big farms.
Midwest governors want to sell ethanol in summer despite smog risks
An EPA proposal would allow Wisconsin and seven other states to sell E15 fuel, which contains up to 15% ethanol, year-round.
Are thousands of Americans being poisoned by PFAS in their tap water?
Comments by EPA Administrator Michael Regan last month indicate a growing consensus that ‘forever chemicals’ are taking a serious toll on Americans’ health.
Potential hydrogen source could power trucks while reducing greenhouse gases
Bringing hydrogen to market might be just as difficult as finding it.