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Measuring the "Value" of the Ecosystem

A lot of things found in and around the Great Lakes can be bought and sold--from drinking water to lakefront property. Still, some features of the lake--like its ecosystem--are not for sale. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jim Meadows reports a new study tries to measure the value of something many consider priceless.  Go to full article

PCBs in Michigan's Fox River

The Hudson isn't the only river contaminated with PCBs--Michigan's Fox River has miles of hotspots, too. But there, industry and government regulators so far have a good relationship--maybe too good. From the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.  Go to full article

Lisbon Residents Settle Sealand Toxic Lawsuit

Families near the Sealand toxic waste site in the St. Lawrence County town of Lisbon have reached a settlement with some of the world's largest corporations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Auto Emissions: It's Not Just the Tailpipe

When we think of car pollution, we're usually worried about the dirty exhaust coming from the tailpipe. But the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Halpert takes a look at toxic chemicals in other parts of the car, and the latest push by environmentalists to get rid of them.  Go to full article

Assembly Environment Chair Seeks Lower Arsenic Limits for Municipal Water

The New York State Assembly environmental chair is raising concerns about arsenic levels in New York's drinking water. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says he doesn't know if New York's water is unsafe, but says he'd like the state to lower acceptable limits and conduct tests. Karen DeWiit reports.  Go to full article

Bankrupt Superfund Refinance Sought

Environmental groups and people who live near toxic dump sites are asking Governor Pataki and the legislature to refinance the state's bankrupt superfund. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Biological Wastewater Treatment

Cleaning up the water we flush down the drain usually means sending it through sewer pipes to sophisticated and expensive municipal wastewater plants. But a new method of cleaning up wastewater begins and ends at the same place. And instead of using chemicals and machinery, it uses plants and animals. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 3

In the final part of our series on PCB contamination in the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the damage to the environment...and at GE's claim that the river is slowly cleaning itself.  Go to full article

America?s Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 2

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether tons of PCBs should be dredged from the Hudson River. At the center of the debate are questions about the chemical's affect on human health. In this second part of our series on the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the volatile mix of science and public opinion that will shape the EPA's decision.  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Pt. 1

New York's Hudson River is the largest toxic waste site in the United States. PCBs dumped decades ago from a pair of General Electric factories summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether GE have contaminated the Hudson over a two hundred mile area. This should pay to clean up the river--at a cost of $460 million. Environmental groups support the clean up. But the corporation and many local residents are fighting to stop it. In this first of a three-part series, Brian Mann looks at the fierce battle being waged over the Hudson's future.  Go to full article

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