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The Deepest Ocean is Filling With Plastic 
While it makes sense that plastic debris would find its way to the lowest points in the ocean, alarming new data suggests the problem is spiraling out of control. The rate at which researchers found plastics in creatures from the deep ocean trenches is truly troubling. The Atlantic has the details: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/deepest-ocean-trenches-animals-eat-plastic/583657/

Coal Ash Found Contaminating Groundwater Nationwide 
Spread across 39 states, coal power plant wastes have fouled groundwater with toxins like arsenic and mercury. Lax disposal methods have allowed the toxins to seep down to the water table, and contaminate groundwater in much of the nation. CNN covers the sickening news: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/04/health/coal-ash-groundwater-contamination/index.html

Rules on ACP Herbicide Delayed 
Rules limiting the controversial herbicide implicated in damaging ponderosa pines and other trees, aminocyclopyrachlor, have been delayed. Bayer, the maker of the herbicide, has pursued negotiations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, leading to the delay. The Statesman Journal looked at the situation: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2019/03/27/rules-delayed-limit-acp-herbicide-perspective-killed-ponderosa-trees-near-sisters/3289414002/