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Jackson Water Crisis

Fact SheetMississippi, JacksonSarah Tallman, Kimberly Leefatt
The drinking water system in Jackson, Mississippi, has suffered from serious safety and reliability problems for decades. Despite recent attention from federal officials, including a lawsuit filed against the city of Jackson in late 2022, the water system’s problems have…

Lead Pipes Are Widespread and Used in Every State

SurveyUnited States, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas, MinnesotaErik D. Olson, Alexandra Stubblefield
An NRDC survey estimates that there are at least 12.8 million water pipes that are, or may be, lead, spread across the entire country. Use our map to find out about your state.

Toxic Drinking Water: The PFAS Contamination Crisis

Fact SheetUnited StatesDr. Anna Reade
Despite the known health risks of PFAS, no enforceable national drinking water standards have been set. We cannot wait for the federal government to respond. To address the extraordinary health threat posed to people across the country from widespread PFAS-contaminated…

Transforming Local Policies to Achieve Environmental Justice

Fact SheetUnited StatesMeleah Geertsma
Across the country, low income communities and communities of color experience disproportionate burdens from environmental hazards, unhealthy land uses, historical traumas, and other sociodemographic stressors. However, community advocates and their allies are fighting back by transforming zoning and local land-use…

The EPA Should Strengthen Its Radiation Protection Standards

Fact SheetUnited StatesDr. Bemnet Alemayehu
The risks from man-made radiation-producing devices have heightened awareness that radioactive materials have to be evaluated and managed to protect the public from the harmful effects of radiation.

Protect Our Children: The EPA Must Finalize the Ban of Chlorpyrifos

Fact SheetUnited StatesMiriam Rotkin-Ellman, Dr. Jennifer Sass, Mae Wu, Dr. Veena Singla
Widespread use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in agriculture threatens farming communities, contaminates drinking water, and leaves toxic residues on fruits and vegetables. To protect families, the EPA must move forward and finalize its proposed ban.

Tracking "The Silent Killer"

Fact SheetUnited States, InternationalDr. Kim Knowlton
Experts Track Effects of Heat on Human Health as Temperatures Rise