2018 could be a big year for state-level toxics legislation: Analysis

From Environmental Health News, February 14, 2018. As federal environmental action lags, states are “filling in the gaps,” according to a new analysis. More than one hundred state policies tackling toxics will be considered in 2018. On the heels of a Trump Administration budget that proposes further cuts to environmental protection, a new analysis finds […]

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Polluted Stormwater Damages Fish’s Ability to Survive

From OPB, February 13, 2018. Each time it rained during an eight-week period in the winter of 2015, someone from Jenifer McIntyre’s team drove up to Seattle and collected stormwater near the Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington. It was a rainy stretch, so that meant 25 trips. After each trip, McIntyre says, “we would […]

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Far More U.S. Children Than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders

From the New York Times, February 6, 2018. More American children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy, according to a new study. The study, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, estimates that fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related disorders among American children are at least […]

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Last holdout in Minneapolis using toxic dry cleaning chemicals goes green

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 24, 2018. A potentially carcinogenic drycleaning chemical has been eliminated from the city of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is now the first major city in America to banish a toxic dry cleaning chemical, meaning that taking your suits to the cleaners no longer means dousing them with a potential carcinogen. The […]

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Study: End of coal burning at Pa. plant better for pregnant women

From the New Jersey Herald, January 11, 2018. When the Portland (Pa.) Generating Plant burned coal to produce electricity, pregnant women who lived downwind in four New Jersey counties had a statistically higher chance of having a low birth weight or pre-term birth. Now that the plant no longer burns coal to create electricity, birth […]

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New limits, but no all-out ban on pesticides that harm bee population

From CBC News, December 21, 2017. The federal government has proposed tighter restrictions around two insecticides that are harmful to bees, but stopped short of an all-out ban. Health Canada announced new mitigation measures today on the neonicotinoids​ clothianidin and thiamethoxam, pesticides which are sold as seed treatment or sprays to protect agricultural crops from […]

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK EPA PLAN TO RESTRICT DANGEROUS HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS

From The Intercept, December 20, 2017. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has quietly delayed action on dangerous solvents that the Environmental Protection Agency had previously planned to ban. Under former President Barack Obama, the agency had been in the process of restricting the use of the three commonly available chemicals, but the Trump administration’s latest update on […]

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Trouble In Toyland Report Warns Of Toys With Lead, Privacy Concerns

From Wisconsin Public Radio, December 20, 2017. A consumer advocacy group’s annual report detailing toys that may be hazardous lists a fidget spinner with more than 300 times the allowable limit of lead — the toy is now off the shelves at Target. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass is one of 40 toys included […]

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Should You Be Worried About the Arsenic in Your Baby Food?

From the New York Times, December 7, 2017. Rice cereal is often a baby’s first solid food, but it contains relatively high amounts of arsenic, a source of growing concern. Now an advocacy group reports that while the levels of this potentially toxic substance in infant rice cereals have dropped slightly in recent years, rice […]

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Target, Best Buy improve their standing in safer chemicals report card

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 14, 2017. While Target was recently called out for selling fidget spinners with a high amount of lead, the retailer was lauded by another advocacy group today for being among the leaders among major retailers in improving their chemical policies in the last year. Best Buy also got a […]

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Cosmetic and perfume sales staff exposed to high phthalate levels

From Chemistry World, November 21, 2017. Exposure poses potential risks for pregnant women working in retail Women of reproductive age could be exposing themselves to harm by working on retail cosmetics and perfume counters. Researchers found higher levels of phthalates in these workers in Taiwan and warn that this can pose health risks, particularly for […]

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Marathon County Considering Local Mining Ordinance To Protect Scenic Area

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 20, 2017. At least one Wisconsin county is considering putting its own mining regulations in place as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year moratorium on the mining of sulfide ores, which include gold and silver. Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly […]

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Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants

From Madison.com, November 17, 2018. Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, an investigation by a government watchdog group found. Since 2007, there […]

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