Elizabeth Shogren http://wuwm.com en Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters http://wuwm.com/post/feds-hope-5-billion-settlement-lesson-polluters This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.<p>Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.<p>"Kerr-McGee's business all over this country left significant, lasting environmental damage," said Deputy U.S. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:40:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 28501 at http://wuwm.com Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling http://wuwm.com/post/international-ruling-puts-stop-japans-scientific-whaling Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Whale lovers scored a major victory today. For almost two decades, Japanese whalers have been killing whales in the Antarctic Ocean. The Japanese government claimed it was all for scientific, not commercial, purposes. NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports that today, an international court rejected that claim and said the whaling must stop.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Eighteen years ago, the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 28101 at http://wuwm.com Toxic Chemical Dioxane Detected In More Water Supplies http://wuwm.com/post/toxic-chemical-14-dioxane-detected-more-drinking-water-supplies Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Earlier this year, a chemical spill in West Virginia forced officials to put a ban on drinking water that affected some 300,000 people. This also highlighted an unsettling truth: While officials test our drinking supply, they're only targeting a few chemicals. Many contaminants go undetected.<p>Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Toxic chemicals can make it into tap water for years without experts knowing it. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 27720 at http://wuwm.com The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago http://wuwm.com/post/hearts-fish-still-bear-scars-oil-spilled-years-ago Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The spill in the Houston Ship Channel is another assault on one of the world's richest fishing grounds. The channel drains into the Gulf of Mexico and new research out today shows the Gulf's marine life is very vulnerable to the effects of oil. Much of what scientists have learned comes from studying the underwater leak of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig back in 2010. Here's NPR's Elizabeth Shogren.<p>ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Scientists knew even trace amounts of oil can kill or injure fish eggs and young fish. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 27601 at http://wuwm.com Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science http://wuwm.com/post/why-exxon-valdez-spill-was-eureka-moment-science <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 27478 at http://wuwm.com Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science