Researchers from the state's Department of Environmental Quality collected water samples from 177 rivers, streams and estuaries, then tested for the presence of more than 500 chemicals ranging from industrial compounds and pesticides to banned substances and consumer products.
The bill also bans local governments from requiring businesses to disclose their energy consumption.
The research will aim to enhance the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall goal of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain.
The lawsuits — one from a coalition of 15 states and another brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp., the nation's largest privately held coal mining company — are part of a growing political attack from opponents who say the move is illegal and will kill jobs, cripple demand for coal and drive up electricity prices.
Organic foods generally are grown with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients and are produced according to a strict set of government standards.
The price of oil soared to the highest level this year Wednesday after the government reported that oil stockpiles increased at a much slower rate than the market was expecting.
In addition to the waste, the diapers contain chemicals that could be harmful to fish and wildlife.
A contractor who said he was fired from Millstone Power Station after he reported a co-worker abusing narcotics in 2011 has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to protect whistleblowers at the nuclear plant.
Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.
Officials long considered glyphosate to be safer than most other pesticide options, and the recent WHO classification places the chemical in the same category of concern as working overnight shifts or at a hair salon.
The Petroleum Association of Wyoming supported 500 feet as an acceptable distance, even though the increase could limit options for locating wells.
Crude storage tanks include compounds such as propane, butane or benzene. In addition to posing risks for explosions or fires, those hydrocarbons can also cause long-term health problems such as cancer, blood disorders or respiratory and nervous system damage.
The state House on Tuesday passed its version of a bill to impose new safety regulations on the increasing amount of oil that is shipped through Washington by rail, boat and pipeline.
The toys were sold between November and December at Cycle Gear stores and on the Benicia, California-based company's website.
Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, contaminating rivers that normally supply the city.