Monday, July 15, 2019

The Agenda: Joint Base Charleston found to be polluted with chemicals; Folly on pace for record number of sea turtle nests

Folly has egg-cellent year for sea turtle nests

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM

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Four Air Force bases in S.C., including Joint Base Charleston, have been found to be polluted with an old chemical used by the Air Force, but the military branch did not notify area residents. The chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, have been found in groundwater at levels thousands of times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency advises. The chemicals were used in the 1970s to extinguish fires and as a nonstick and non-grease coating for Teflon pans. The chemicals have been linked to high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular and kidney cancers, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Source: P&C

After President Trump tweeted racist comments about Democratic lawmakers on Sunday morning, Democratic politicians have denounced the comments, including Rep. Joe Cunningham. Source: Twitter
Folly Beach is on track to break the record for the number of turtle nests. So far, at least 100 turtle nests have been found, but there has been a lot of sea turtle harassment on the beach. PSA: It is illegal to get closer than 25 feet to a hatchling. Source: Live 5 News

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