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Trump EPA guts tough standards for toxic metals dumped into US waterways by coal-fired power plants, including biggest polluter on Lake Michigan

From the Chicago Tribune, September 9, 2020. Towering above Lake Michigan north of the Wisconsin border, the Oak Creek coal-fired power plant is one of the largest sources of toxic metals dumped into American waterways. Only six other power plants nationwide released more arsenic, lead, mercury and other metals into lakes and rivers last year, […]

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An extraordinary summer of crises for California’s farmworkers

From National Geographic, September 1, 2020. GONZALES, CALIFORNIARosa Villegas woke up at two in the morning on a late August Monday to make her way to the lettuce fields in California’s south Salinas Valley, where she was scheduled to start bagging heads of romaine at 4 a.m. The sky overhead wasn’t its usual dark, star-dotted […]

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Stop Eating Pesticides

From Consumer Reports, August 27, 2020. Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But […]

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The Six Most Concerning Pesticides on Produce

From Consumer Reports, August 27, 2020. Six pesticides play an oversized role in undermining the safety of the fruits and vegetables Americans regularly consume. These pesticides contribute the most risk in the lowest-rated fruits and vegetables in CR’s study. In some cases, a pesticide appeared in almost all of the samples of a particular fruit […]

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Tainted Wells in the Dairy State

From Capital & Main, August 19, 2020. When Nancy and Lynn Utesch moved their family to Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, in 2004, they didn’t realize they would have to fight to have safe drinking water in their community. At the time, they were aware of the health risks that came with living too close to a […]

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Neguse, Udall introduce landmark pesticide reform to protect children, farmworkers and consumers from toxic pesticides

From the Trail Gazette, August 4, 2020. Today, U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, introduced landmark pesticide reform legislation to prevent the use of toxic pesticides that harm children, farmworkers and consumers in the United States. Read […]

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EPA rejects tougher air-quality standards, says 2015 limits are sufficient

From the Washington Post, July 14, 2020. The Trump administration said Monday that it will maintain national air-quality standards put in place in 2015, despite calls for more stringent regulations that advocates say are necessary to protect Americans in communities that are particularly vulnerable to respiratory ailments. Read the article.

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How air pollution messes with our minds

From Chemical & Engineering News, May 31, 2020. Air pollution inflames the brain, sparking reactions that lead to diseases such as dementia and autism Neurotoxicologist Deborah Cory-Slechta had a somewhat macabre introduction to her current area of research. In 2012, a colleague at the University of Rochester kept pestering her, “You have to look at […]

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