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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Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Eliminating State Air Pollution Rules

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 21, 2017. GOP Bill Would Eliminate State DNR Regulations, Leave Only Federal Rules Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal that would eliminate all of the state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year. Assembly lawmakers met Tuesday for a public hearing on a bill that would eliminate all […]

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Documents show undisclosed EPA health concerns on fracking chemicals

From the MarketPlace, November 14, 2017. We’re about a decade into an oil and gas revolution known shorthand as fracking. It relies on shooting high-pressure water mixed with chemicals down into layers of rock to crack the stone and release oil and gas. Pretty much since the fracking boom began, people who live near these […]

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Potential Health Implications Related to Fracking

From the Jama Network, November 9, 2017. Society depends on fossil fuels as an important energy source. Although global availability of alternative fuel sources (eg, wind power) continues to slowly increase, the majority of daily energy demand is met by coal, oil, and natural gas. Prior to the availability of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), tremendous volumes […]

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EU lawmakers vote to ban glyphosate weed killer by 2022

From the Deutsche Well, October 24, 2017. The European Parliament has called for glyphosate to be banned by 2022 amid fears the weed killer causes cancer. The move puts pressure on the EU Commission which recommended its license should be renewed for 10 years. As time is running out to renew the EU’s license for […]

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EPA crews working on Gold King cleanup find elevated lead threatening birds, animals and, potentially, people

From the Denver Post, October 20, 2017. SILVERTON – A little toxic-lead pollution in Colorado’s mountains lasts long after jobs go away. Environmental Protection Agency crews conducting Superfund cleanup-prep investigations along Animas River headwaters revealed this week that they’ve found contamination at century-old mine sites at levels 100 times higher than danger thresholds for wildlife. […]

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Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

From NPR, October 19, 2017.f Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied […]

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In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

From the New York Times, September 18, 2017. Concerned about the health impacts of textile chemicals, traditional artisans are producing vivid colors from crushed insects and forest plants. TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE, Mexico — As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above the village with his family each fall, collecting the plants they would use to […]

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High Levels of Carcinogen Found in Houston Area After Harvey

From the New York Times, September 6, 2017. High levels of the carcinogen benzene were detected in a Houston neighborhood close to a Valero Energy refinery, local health officials said Tuesday, heightening concerns over potentially hazardous leaks from oil and gas industry sites damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Preliminary air sampling in the Manchester district of […]

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Touching thermal-paper receipts could extend BPA retention in the body

From Chemical & Engineering News, September 4, 2017. When people handle receipts printed on thermal paper containing the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical could linger in the body for a week or more (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03093). Jonathan W. Martin of Stockholm University and Jiaying Liu of the University of Alberta […]

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Knitting Green: The Meaning of Organic

From the Interweave, August 9, 2017. The tag “organic”” is everywhere these days, but one woman’s organic is another’s “not quite.” In the food realm, the emphasis is on the dirt a plant grows in and what’s sprayed on the leaves—whether we’re eating the plant directly or through an organic animal destined for the grocery […]

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