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New guidance on 'forever chemicals' spurs mixed reaction from industry, activists

A government advisory lowered acceptable amounts of certain PFAS chemicals to levels so low they can’t be tested by any modern laboratory - now, industry reps see exploding costs while environmentalists see a victory — mostly.... Read more»

'It’s scary as hell'—PFAS exposure 'widespread' problem for troops, families nationwide

Likely PFAS contamination had been found around at least 704 current and former military bases across the country, and advocates say the military should be doing more to address the problem and care for the families who have been affected by it.... Read more»

What are PFAS, and why is the EPA warning about them in drinking water?

PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are a large group of human-made chemicals that are used widely in consumer products and industry - chemicals the EPA recently issued new warnings about in drinking water even at very low levels. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

Cleaning up Tucson's South Side water pollution part of Grijalva enviro bill

Local leaders in Southern Arizona came together Wednesday to throw their support behind the Environmental Justice for All Act, a congressional bill that aims to treat pollution in communities of color as a civil rights violation and create local funding for environmental cleanup. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to discuss how Huckelberry's 'double dip' happened on their watch

Pima County Supervisors Matt Heinz and Steve Christy — hardly a buddy movie in the making — both have questions about how the county's former top executive was able to retire with no one knowing.... Read more»

Arizonans on hand as Biden signs bill worth billions in state projects

Arizona lawmakers joined hundreds on the White House lawn Monday as President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes billions of dollars for road, transit, environmental cleanup and other projects in the state. ... Read more»

Sen. Kelly, Mayor Romero tout Tucson impact of $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill

Tucson will see new bridges, roads, buses and trains because of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that passed by a 69-30 vote in the Senate earlier this week, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and U.S. Senator Mark Kelly said on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Pima County asks Tucson Water to limit chemicals in water pumped to Santa Cruz

Pima County has asked Tucson Water to treat new discharges into the Santa Cruz River for PFAS, a chemical linked to cancer risks, after the city utility announced plans to pump millions of gallons of water from the Tucson Airport Remediation Project.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Candidatos con una pista: La Primaria Demócrata de Tucson ofrece experiencia

La lista de candidatos postulando para la nominación democrata en el carrera del ayuntamiento esta llena con experiencia. Las candidatos son inteligentes, apasionados y listos con sus ideas de que es bueno para Tucson. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Candidates with a clue: Tucson's Democratic primary slate is chock full of experience

Good news for Tucson voters about the city primary election: Y’all have real choices. Each of the Democrats vying for office come in knowing the difference between a general fund and an enterprise fund. And the challenges they want to address are real.... Read more»2

Ducey sends $2M to Tucson to restart water plant shut by military pollution

The state of Arizona will provide $2 million to help Tucson Water restart a treatment plant shut down because of severe groundwater contamination near the Tucson International Airport from PFAS firefighting foam used by the military.... Read more»

Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

City officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at the Tucson Airport Remediation Project water treatment plant to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume containing high levels of the chemical PFAS that could be moving toward the plant.... Read more»