Water Pollution

Study: Dust Suppresant Puts Radium Into Air, Water

Jun 4, 2018

Some communities use wastewater from producing oil and gas to reduce dust on country roads. It’s legal to do so in 13 states, including Indiana. A new study by Penn State University shows the practice is likely putting radium, a cancer-causing chemical, into the air and water. 

US Drug Enfocement Administration

As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs often end up in lakes and rivers, creating what some scientists say could be a deadly cocktail for fish and other wildlife.

“What we use in our everyday lives goes down the drain and ends up somewhere, it just does," says Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecosystem ecologist at the Cary Institute in New York.