Park Rapids Enterprise: Groundwater contamination discovered around old landfill site – Under a benign-looking lush green hill in Hubbard County lurks a growing toxic concern. The 9-acre former Pickett Landfill, which borders the Heartland Trail and is west of County Road 4, is about to become a household word once again. It now is a massive area of groundwater contamination that stretches from 204th Street on the north, then south and east of Ferndale Loop. It once held 93,269 cubic yards of municipal solid waste. It opened in 1973 and closed in 1987. Since then state pollution control officials have been monitoring the site for methane gas migration and ground water quality. Now, leaching chemicals have reached the point of concentration where public notification is necessary and mandated by law. Read more here.

Gloucester County Times: Parents hope for justice as Kiddie Kollege mercury exposure liability trial set to begin in Woodbury – When the Kiddie Kollege trial gets under way Tuesday, Tina DeSilvio will be at her desk at work. But her thoughts will be in the Woodbury courtroom where a judge will decide if her daughters, and some 100 other children, will get medical monitoring for exposure to mercury. DeSilvio’s two young daughters were among those exposed to high levels of mercury at the former thermometer-factory-turned-day-care-center in Franklin Township. When the trial begins this week Ð four years after the shut down of the day care Ð DeSilvio said she and other Kiddie Kollege parents will have justice on their minds. Read more here.

Columbus Dispatch: Drowning in manure: Ohio has trouble tracking farm waste – When it’s time to remove the manure from his three barns, dairy farmer Andy Miedema doesn’t reach for a shovel. He flushes the barns three times a day with a 10,000-gallon flood of brown water. The manure flows to a trench that leads to a system to filter out the solids, two 11-million-gallon lagoons and an irrigator that fertilizes nearby fields. This isn’t your grandfather’s dairy farm. It’s built for mass production, where 1,000 cows produce 8,000 gallons of milk per day. Environmental-advocacy groups call such places “factory farms” and warn that the manure is a pollution threat to nearby streams. Farming advocates and Ohio agriculture officials call them “concentrated animal-feeding operations” and say there are no pollution risks if they are managed correctly. Read more here.

Detroit Free Press: Pump station worker aired sewage concern in public – Robert Majchrzak thought he was performing a public service. He complained at a public meeting in July that declining maintenance at the Milk River Pumping Station could cause sewer backups in Grosse Pointe Woods and polluted water to be dumped into Lake St. Clair. Six days later, he said, Wayne County officials fired him from his $70,000-a-year job as a pump station mechanic for speaking out at the meeting. Now, Majchrzak, 46, of Richmond is suing Wayne County and Kerreen Conley, director of the Wayne County Facilities Management Division, saying they fired him in violation of the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and his free-speech rights. Read more here.

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