The Stream, August 10: Toxins in Drinking Water

There are about 6,000 toxins that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not got around to regulating in municipal drinking water systems, according to Forbes. While EPA has begun to develop regulations to remove these chemicals from tap and bottled water, the industry has made efforts to delay or prevent their implementation.

Despite calls by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for Ethiopia to halt construction on the Gilgel Gibe III Dam, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) said it would plough ahead with the project, Addis Fortune reported.

China will build 25 cascade power stations in Tibet in accordance with a preliminary plan to develop hydro resources in the Three Rivers region, according to China Green News.

Oil Production
Carbon dioxide from Alberta’s oil sands production will far outweigh emissions cuts in other sectors of Canada’s economy and will be a major reason for the country missing its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction targets, Yale Environment 360 reported, citing a new study by Canada’s chief environmental agency.

The clean-up operation of Nigeria’s oil-polluted Ogoniland could become a model for other countries wanting to clean up their environments, the Guardian reported, citing the United Nations.

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