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Article also mentions serious pollution from coal power plants:

* Of the 274 coal plants that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into waterways, nearly 70 percent (188) have no limits on the toxics most commonly found in these discharges (arsenic, boron, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium) that are dumped directly into rivers, lakes, streams and bays.

* Of these 274 coal plants, more than one-third (102) have no requirements to monitor or report discharges of these toxic metals to government agencies or the public.

* A total of 71 coal plants surveyed discharge toxic water pollution into rivers, lakes, streams and bays that have already been declared impaired due to poor water quality. Of these plants that are dumping toxic metals into impaired waterways, more than three out of four coal plants (59) have no permit that limits the amount of toxic metals it can dump.

* Nearly half of the coal plants surveyed (187) are operating with an expired Clean Water Act permit. 53 of these power plants are operating with permits that expired five or more years ago.

Read the report: Closing the Floodgates: How the Coal Industry is Poisoning Water

Bruce Finley of the Denver Post covers the toxic side of fighting wildfires. Great article, tightly written with a solid presentation of the facts. Praise be, good journalism lives!

Wildfire: Red slurry’s toxic dark side

With retardant’s potential threat to wildlife and water, authorities ponder limiting its use

The hundreds of thousands of gallons of red slurry that air tankers are dropping on Colorado forests to shield mountain houses from wildfires has a downside: It is toxic. Laced with ammonia and nitrates, it has the potential to kill fish and taint water supplies.

Trouble in paradise. The Maldives islands are among the most beautiful places on earth. The islands are considered by some to be ground zero for the impacts of sea level rise, and the country’s president has been a strong advocate for climate adaptation measures.

However, the islands have a dirty secret - it’s been dumping its trash and toxic chemicals into the ocean. The BBC cracks the case wide open in this sickening video report, “Apocalyptic island of waste in the Maldives.”

"In category after category, the Mississippi finishes in the top three for dangerous contaminants discharged into it and coming out of it. The Mississippi is number two nationwide for total toxic discharges,

  • with 12,339,749 pounds of dangerous material in 2010, the last year with data available;
  • it finishes top two again for total number of cancer-causing discharges (180,339 pounds);
  • it slips to the three slot for total number of toxicants discharged that are linked to developmental issues (74,021 pounds);
  • and the Mississippi jumps back into second position for total number of toxicants discharged that are linked with reproductive issues (70,656 pounds).”

Read the rest, including a link to the report, at RFT.

No. In fact, those cups contain poisonous toxins (BPA) and coated metals, making them un-recyclable. In fact, Keurig publicly says their products are not environmentally friendly on their website:

Reducing the environmental impact of our packaging materials and brewing systems is a top priority for Keurig. It is a challenge to create a portion pack that is recyclable and delivers an extraordinary cup of coffee; however, Keurig is actively working to meet this challenge head on.

The K-Cup® package is made up of three main elements — the cup itself, a filter and an aluminum foil top. The polyethylene coating of the foil - as well as the process of heat-sealing the various elements - makes recycling difficult.

The portion pack composition prevents oxygen, light and moisture from degrading the coffee. Without the barrier the packaging materials provide, we could not maintain quality or freshness.

Also, see this post on the basic economics of regular brewing vs. Keurig brewing:

Why the Keurig is the beginning of the end of great coffee

Source: Keurig

The Cuyahoga River, in Ohio, caught fire dozens of times over a 100 year time period, from 1868 to 1969. Before environmental regulations were signed into law in the 1970s, the oil and gas, chemical, metal, and mining industries dumped toxic waste into the river for decades and decades. Worse, over 35 cities directly dumped sewage into the river for hundreds of years.

So toxic was the Cuyahoga that it caught on fire countless times to the point it became a joke. The river flowed into Lake Erie, taking toxins and death with it. Nothing could survive in the river, and was considered “legally dead” by the time Nixon signed the EPA into law.

For more on the Cuyahoga River fires and pollution, click HERE.

For news on how the river (cleaner, but still polluted) is doing today, click HERE.

Chinese environmental groups claim that Apple manufacturers have been releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. A report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other non-governmental Chinese environment groups cited, for example, that an Apple factory in the city of Taiyuan in Shanxi Province released gases into the air that made it difficult for residents to open their windows.

"The large volume of discharge in Apple’s supply chain greatly endangers the public’s health and safety," the report read.

it is widely believed by Chinese environmentalists that Apple is exploiting the country’s lax regulations….accused of discharging several dozen tons of sludge containing hazardous chemicals every day.

Source: IBTimes

31 wild boars found dead on toxic algae beach in France. Caused by millions of tons of farming effluent dumped into ocean. Agriculture lobby denies. Sarkozy taking heat. More here.

31 wild boars found dead on toxic algae beach in France. Caused by millions of tons of farming effluent dumped into ocean. Agriculture lobby denies. Sarkozy taking heat. More here.