On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Waste :: Hazardous Waste
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Letters to the Editor: Why fund space exploration when we have Super Fund sites off our coast? 30.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

That DDT was dumped off the Southern California coast for decades shows how little we know about our planet's own marine ecosystems.

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EPA says it has finished cleanup at Superfund site near Gary/Chicago International Airport 29.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The cleanup at Midco II, 5900 Industrial Highway, included consolidating and covering contaminated soil and sentiment on-site, addressing soil vapors and treating contaminated groundwater.
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Editorial: California failed the communities around Exide. This cannot happen again 21.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A bankruptcy court let Exide walk away from its toxic contamination. California leaders cannot let this happen again.

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Court allows Exide to abandon a toxic site in Vernon. Taxpayers will fund the cleanup 17.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

A bankruptcy court says Exide Technologies can abandon its toxic battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup to California taxpayers.

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The Exide battery recycling plant left a big toxic mess. A court could let it walk away 12.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

A bankruptcy plan by battery recycler Exide would allow it to walk away from California's largest environmental cleanup, leaving taxpayers to pay the bill

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Sri Lanka returns 'hazardous waste' to UK 27.9.2020 BBC: Front Page
Customs officials said hospital material and plastic was found in the shipment, in breach of rules.
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The threat to drinking water from abandoned mines in the West remains unknown 30.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned hard rock mining sites or features scattered throughout the West, and federal and state officials are nowhere close to identifying those that potentially pose a hazard to drinking water.
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As crews dig up lead-poisoned dirt, accelerated cleanup of Pueblo Superfund site cast as EPA model 2.8.2020 Denver Post: Local
It took 106 years for the government to address the toxic contamination from the smelters that turned mined rock into metals, but poisoned workers' neighborhoods on Pueblo's south side. The smelting to extract silver and lead between 1893 and 1908 left a legacy of arsenic, cadmium and lead in soil.
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India's growing Covid-19 waste challenges workers 13.7.2020 BBC: World
Millions are using gloves and masks but safely discarding them is proving to be challenge.
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Central Michigan town could be under 9 feet of water after dams fail, possibly moving toxic Dow Superfund site 21.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Floodwaters have overtaken dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people from communities in central Michigan.
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Heavy rain overwhelms $3 billion Deep Tunnel again, forcing sewage into Lake Michigan 16.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Heavy rain overwhelms Chicago's $3 billion Deep Tunnel again, forcing sewage into Lake Michigan.
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These are the jobs and sectors exempted from California's coronavirus stay-home order 21.3.2020 LA Times: Health

Many businesses, jobs and operations are exempt from Gov. Gavin Newsom's order for Californians to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump 5.1.2020 LA Times: Nation

The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, the EPA reported.

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Backlog of toxic Superfund cleanups grows under Trump 3.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The EPA released figures over the holidays showing that 34 projects to clean up the nation's most polluted sites stalled last year for lack of money.
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Adult suspect in STEM school shooting pleads not guilty at arraignment 3.1.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
The adult suspect in last year's STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Douglas County District Court on Thursday.
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Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump 3.1.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays.
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Why Is This Federal Pollution Tracker Shutting Down? 24.12.2019 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Fifteen years ago, the US National Library of Medicine launched Toxmap, a free, interactive online application that combines pollution data from at least a dozen US government sources. A Toxmap user could pan and zoom across a map […]
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Officials identify mysterious bright green liquid that spilled onto Michigan highway 24.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Investigators say they believe the substance found on a freeway north of Detroit is groundwater mixed with a chemical called hexavalent chromium. The public safety risk is minimal, officials say.
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Hazardous green chemical oozes onto Detroit highway 23.12.2019 BBC News - US & Canada
Experts say it could take days to clear what appeared to be hexavalent chromium from the highway.
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The Supreme Court Is Tackling an Important Superfund Case and It’s—Messy 4.12.2019 Mother Jones
For decades, Anaconda Company Smelter operated an enormous copper smelting factory in Opportunity, Montana. And for more than seven decades, that factory spewed tons of toxic waste, mostly arsenic, into the community’s soil and water supply. In 1983, the EPA made Opportunity one of its Superfund sites, and ordered the Atlantic Richfield Company, which acquired the […]
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