We revisit some of our biggest stories of 2019: the 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and links to thyroid cancer; environmental investigations involving the fracking boom; and a court order not publish the details of a sealed agreement between a gas driller and residents of Washington County. Plus, PFAS contamination of drinking water including private wells.
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- Thyroid Cancer Study Re-Ignites Debate over Three Mile Island Accident - Many thyroid cancer patients point to the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island 40 years ago as the cause of their disease. A Penn State College of Medicine study shows a correlation.
- Residents with PFAS-Contaminated Well Water in Limbo as DEP Investigates - Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of her well water. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.
- Court Document Reveals Range Resources, Other Defendants Agreed to $3 million Settlement in Washington County Contamination Suit - StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front discovered the document, which was publicly available at the Washington County prothonotary's office.
- Pa Prosecutors Eye Potential ‘Environmental Crimes’ of Oil and Gas Companies - Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro seems to be making good on a campaign promise to "hold the oil and gas companies criminally liable for poisoning our air and our drinking water.”