The toxic chemical whack-a-mole game

When her black cat rapidly dropped from a healthy 14 pounds to a skeletal five pounds, it was natural for Arlene Blum to investigate whether a toxic chemical in her home might be to blame. The veterinarian’s diagnosis raised that possibility, and Blum had expertise in the harm that chemicals can cause.

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End of the Trail for Yellowstone Bison

By Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A bison calf lunges into the mechanical livestock squeeze chute, bucking and kicking, its lashing hooves and horns clattering against the metal frame. It struggles for half a minute, huffing, sometimes bleating in its alien enclosure.

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Mine Cleanup Concerns Spike as Industry Sputters

Dylan Brown, E&E News
If you want to mine coal in the United States, you have to promise to clean up the mess. But the industry’s dramatic downturn has raised questions about the ability of companies to follow through with that promise and whether taxpayers will be responsible for returning land and water to pre-mining conditions.

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Yellowstone Club wastewater pouring into Gallatin River tributary

By Joseph T. O’Connor and Amanda Eggert, Explore Big Sky

On Thursday afternoon, effluent began pouring down an embankment from a Yellowstone Club wastewater storage pond and into a tributary of the Gallatin River. A mechanical issue from a broken pipe is associated with the cause, according to Kristi Ponozzo, public policy director with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

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