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October 28, Evansville Courier & Press
 – (Indiana) 'Ring of death' leads to 
convictions for pesticide misuse. Carcasses of wildlife discovered in a "ring of death" 
in 2008 around a Dubois County, Indiana corn field led to the convictions of four men 
for illegal use of a pesticide that federal officials describe as acutely toxic, the 
Evansville Courier & Press reported October 28. Three of the men pleaded guilty and 
were sentenced October 27 on federal charges of illegally using the highly toxic 
pesticide Furadan. A fourth man charged in the investigation pleaded guilty and was 
sentenced earlier in 2011. Commonly sold as a concentrate, Furadan is an insecticide 
used for corn and other crops. It is regulated by federal law because of its extreme 
toxicity. According to federal officials, as little as one drop of concentrated Furadan 
can kill large mammals, making it is extremely hazardous to wildlife and people. The 
three men appeared in federal court in Indianapolis where a magistrate judge sentenced 
each to pay a $5,000 fine. 
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October 31, Pleasantville Press of Atlantic City
 – (New Jersey) South Jersey deals 
with higher levels of radioactivity in drinking water. U.S. Geological Survey 
researchers recently completed a nationwide survey on radium, which they expect to 
release by the end of 2011. The study found that while radium is found throughout 
drinking water nationwide, it is in higher concentrations in specific circumstances such 
as in southern New Jersey, where it is often made even more acidic from heavy 
agricultural fertilizer use. Hammonton is the latest municipality to deal with the issue 
and is in the process of retrofitting one of its treatment plants to filter the contaminated 
water. But public-water supplies in Buena, Buena Vista Township, Bridgeton, Egg 
Harbor Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Stow Creek Township, and Vineland all 
have had problems in the past. The federal limit in drinking water is 5 picocuries per 
liter. Quarterly tests required by the state of public water suppliers found that two wells 
in Hammonton had levels of radium just above the limit in recent years. Wells in 
Vineland have had radium concentrations six times the limit. Local governments have 
been forced to spend millions of dollars to address the issue, building new treatment 
plants, digging new wells, or installing filters into current facilities, which is what 
Hammonton is doing. The human body excretes the majority of radium it absorbs, the 
U.S. Environment Protection Agency states, but about 20 percent of it is absorbed into 
bones and remains to damage tissues. 
October 31, Associated Press
 – (Tennessee) Agency: Corroded joint caused Tenn. 
plant collapse. A report October 27 from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration (TOSHA) found the walls of a basin at the Gatlinburg