Water Contamination http://wunc.org en Burr, Hagan Press For Water Contamination Testing At Camp Lejeune http://wunc.org/post/burr-hagan-press-water-contamination-testing-camp-lejeune <div>North Carolina's U.S. senators say they're concerned about slow answers in the Camp Lejeune water contamination case. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan have sent a letter to federal Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius. &nbsp;They want to know why an investigative agency under the HHS umbrella seems to be dragging its feet. &nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:44:57 +0000 Gurnal Scott 32369 at http://wunc.org Burr, Hagan Press For Water Contamination Testing At Camp Lejeune The Danger Of Toxic Algae To North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/danger-toxic-algae-north-carolina <p>Algae may seem harmless, but toxic algae blooms can be a real problem in water supplies used by people.</p><p>They can kill wildlife in the water and be dangerous to humans. Host Frank Stasio talks with <a href="http://marine.unc.edu/people/faculty-2/hans-paerl/">Hans Paerl,</a> professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the <a href="http://unc.edu">University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill</a> <a href="https://ims.unc.edu/">Institute of Marine Sciences</a>, Morehead City.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:36:09 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 28924 at http://wunc.org The Danger Of Toxic Algae To North Carolina NC Will Stop Monitoring Water Quality At 41 Swimming Locations http://wunc.org/post/nc-will-stop-monitoring-water-quality-41-swimming-locations <p></p><p>Federal cuts mean the state will stop monitoring water quality at several dozen swimming sites along coastal rivers and sounds in the coming year. The Environmental Protection Agency cut $22,000 from a grant for the testing.</p><p></p><p>The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries uses a combination of state and federal funds to test 240 swimming areas for certain bacteria.<br /><br />Director Louis Daniel says the division has notified county heath and summer camp directors that it will stop testing water quality at 41 swimming areas in coastal rivers and sounds.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:56:34 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28161 at http://wunc.org NC Will Stop Monitoring Water Quality At 41 Swimming Locations Retired NC Marine Behind Lejeune Water Bill http://wunc.org/post/retired-nc-marine-behind-lejeune-water-bill <p>Earlier this week, President Obama signed a law to provide health care to thousands of Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987. Retired Marine Jerry Ensminger was one of them. His daughter died of leukemia he believes was caused by the contamination. For fifteen years, Ensminger has led the fight to get help for sick veterans and their families. And he says it’s not over yet.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 1930 at http://wunc.org Retired NC Marine Behind Lejeune Water Bill Camp Lejeune Families Act Signed Into Law http://wunc.org/post/camp-lejeune-families-act-signed-law <p>North Carolina lawmakers are hailing the signing of a bill today that will grant health care to marines and their families who drank toxic tap water at Camp Lejune from 1957 to 1987. An award-winning documentary chronicles the efforts of former U.S. Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger who lost his daughter, Janey, to a rare form of childhood leukemia as a result of the exposure. Congressman Brad Miller says the chemicals found in the water are known carcinogens that cause a host of illnesses and conditions that include male breast and female infertility.<br> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1950 at http://wunc.org President Obama To Sign Camp Lejeune Families Act http://wunc.org/post/president-obama-sign-camp-lejeune-families-act <p>A bill that helps military families harmed over 30 years by water at Camp Lejeune will become law today.<br> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1952 at http://wunc.org Environmental Group Pushes for Cleaner Coastal Water http://wunc.org/post/environmental-group-pushes-cleaner-coastal-water <p>An environmental group wants North Carolina's coastal water to be cleaner. The <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/default.asp">Natural Resources Defense Council's </a>new report on water quality says about three percent of the samples at twelve beaches exceeded bacteria levels <a href="http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/beachrules/bacteria-rule.cfm">set by the EPA.</a> That's better than the national average of eight percent. Jon Devine is an attorney with the NRDC. He says the biggest cause of pollution on the coast is storm water runoff, but there are solutions.<br> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:54:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 2262 at http://wunc.org NC Aims To Reduce Mercury In Water http://wunc.org/post/nc-aims-reduce-mercury-water <p>North Carolina environmental officials are formulating a strategy to reduce mercury levels in the state's waterways. The divisions of air and water quality are holding public meetings this week and next to share their findings and solicit ideas. Susan Massengale with the Division of Water Quality says they've just completed a study finding that 98% of the mercury in the state's water is coming from the air.<br> Tue, 15 May 2012 13:25:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2516 at http://wunc.org NC Aims To Reduce Mercury In Water US Senate Panel Hears About Camp Lejeune Water http://wunc.org/post/us-senate-panel-hears-about-camp-lejeune-water <p>A U.S. Senate committee has heard testimony about the Marine Corps' attempt to delete information from a government report on contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.<br> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 3042 at http://wunc.org