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Environmental Pollution

Environmental Pollution
Environmental pollution is contamination of air, water and land from man-made waste. Pollution leads to depletion of the ozone layer, global warming and climate change. Air pollution is the release of chemicals and particles into the atmosphere. Water pollution includes surface runoff, leakage into groundwater, liquid spills, wastewater discharge and littering. If toxins are spilled on the ground or if an underground storage tank leaks, soil can become contaminated. Well known contaminants include herbicides and pesticides. Toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, which pollutes the natural environment and contaminates groundwater.

Other types of pollution include ocean...
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Environmental pollution is contamination of air, water and land from man-made waste. Pollution leads to depletion of the ozone layer, global warming and climate change. Air pollution is the release of chemicals and particles into the atmosphere. Water pollution includes surface runoff, leakage into groundwater, liquid spills, wastewater discharge and littering. If toxins are spilled on the ground or if an underground storage tank leaks, soil can become contaminated. Well known contaminants include herbicides and pesticides. Toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, which pollutes the natural environment and contaminates groundwater.

Other types of pollution include ocean pollution and noise pollution. Environmental pollution can have a deadly effect on humans and ecosystems. For example, cigarette smoke, including second-hand smoke, causes cancer, emphysema, stroke and heart attack. Drinking water can become contaminated by untreated sewage, rashes and skin problems occur due to oil spills, while excessive noise can cause hearing loss. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 to put a limit on the amount of pollutants in the air. Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1963, the Noise Control Act in 1972 and the Clean Water Act in 1977. Pollution is a bigger concern in other parts of the world, especially developing countries. Time Magazine reported in 2007 that the most polluted spots in the world included China, India, Peru and Russia.
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  • Southland air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets

    Southland air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets
    Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution from thousands of trucks, ships and trains carrying goods to and from the nation's largest port complex.
  • Wrecked Costa Concordia to Be Raised from Italian Sea Bed

    Wrecked Costa Concordia to Be Raised from Italian Sea Bed
    ROME, Italy -- Salvage experts outlined their plan Friday to raise the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner from the sea floor off Italy in one piece and tow it from the disaster site. The complicated operation is expected to start in the next few days...

    Midwest Generation ready to comply with emissions limits

     
    Midwest Generation’s six coal-fired power plants in Illinois, including plants in Joliet and Romeoville, will be ready to comply with a new federal environmental rule …

    Air pollution control agency increases gas log rebate

     
    The Air Quality Management District is increasing its rebate for gas log sets from $125 to as much as $200. The rebates are for homeowners who convert their existing wood-burning fireplaces to log sets fueled with natural gas, which radically...

    Mall owner pays $110K in fines for asbestos removal violations

     
    The owner of a Joliet shopping center accused by state regulators of violating rules for proper asbestos removal has agreed to pay $110,000 in fines as …