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Mine wasn't source of orange sludge, Arizona agency says.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Contrary to what a federal official and environmentalists have said, an old Patagonia Mountains mine overseen by the state environmental agency didn't spew orange sludge pollution into a neighboring stream last month, the agency said Tuesday.
Categories: Ecological News

Asian carp DNA detected in Green Bay's Fox River.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Wisconsin officials said Tuesday that Asian carp DNA has been found in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay, a discovery that gives scientists the newest genetic evidence of invasive fish in the Lake Michigan basin.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxic influence: Europe must act to stop livestock drugs from wiping out its vulture populations.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
A dead vulture in Spain could herald a crisis for raptor populations, because a drug that has killed hundreds of thousands of birds and driven some species to the brink of extinction in Asia now threatens to do the same in Europe.
Categories: Ecological News

Ham scramble: Southern delicacy companies struggle to replace methyl bromide.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
For more than 30 years, Sam Edwards – like many country ham producers – has used a single chemical to keep critters from infesting high-value hocks. That chemical, methyl bromide, is being phased out because it is one of the most potent compounds depleting the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The nation’s country ham producers are hanging on as they scramble to find a pest-killing alternative.
Categories: Ecological News

Republicans would target EPA power plant, ozone, water rules if Senate changes hands.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
With fall elections just two weeks away, Republicans may be on the verge of wresting control of the Senate from Democrats who have blocked efforts to roll back environmental rules on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, ozone and expanded Clean Water Act jurisdiction over U.S. waterways.
Categories: Ecological News

US revisiting 'broken' workplace chemicals regulation process.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.
Categories: Ecological News

Pollution choking China's inbound tourism industry.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
China's inbound tourism market is still struggling to bounce back in the midst of rising concerns about issues such as air pollution, according to a new report from the China Tourism Academy.
Categories: Ecological News

Hebei orders factory shutdowns to stop smog casting pall over Apec.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Hebei province will idle more than 800 polluting factories for nearly two weeks to stop smog shrouding Beijing as world leaders visit the capital for next month's Apec summit.
Categories: Ecological News

High pollution levels found near Ohio gas wells.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
A study in a rural Ohio county where oil and gas drilling is booming found air pollution levels near well sites higher than those in downtown Chicago.
Categories: Ecological News

'That stuff can get you so fast' - deadly gas on the rise in Texas oil fields.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Living with "sour gas" is an old story in West Texas, but it's beginning to happen in more oil-producing regions as the boom in onshore drilling pushes oil production into new places.
Categories: Ecological News

A 'very young field' of research tries to measure looming costs of ocean acidification.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
While many of the effects of ocean acidification remain invisible, by the end of this century, things will have changed drastically. One estimate looking only at lost ecosystem protections, such as that provided by tropical reefs, cited an economic value of $1 trillion annually.
Categories: Ecological News

The problem with America’s abandoned mines.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
A mine plans its death before its birth. The leftover waste from mines is so hazardous that mining companies must figure out what to do with it decades in advance, even before they start digging. That’s how it works today, at least.
Categories: Ecological News

Residents discuss fears of mine contamination in rural South Carolina.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
When miners began digging out a small mountain near Clover, South Carolina, in 1947, few people around here realized the legacy the developing business would leave on their community in rural York County.
Categories: Ecological News

Battles rage in Oregon, Colorado over genetically-modified foods.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Voters in two Western states are caught in fierce battles over whether consumers will know what is deep inside their food. Oregon and Colorado on Nov. 4 will decide the fate of labeling laws for GMOs – the latest fronts in a battle over packaging.
Categories: Ecological News

The race is on to find organic pesticides.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
The hunt for beneficial microbes comes amid regulatory scrutiny of man-made chemical insecticides.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.
Categories: Ecological News

Chief of Nuclear Regulatory Commission will leave job that she fought to keep.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
The chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that she would leave the commission and return to academia at the end of the year, a little more than a year after she survived a cliffhanger fight with a California senator to keep her job.
Categories: Ecological News

Chemical safety advocacy group protests against governor in Maine.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
A group protested Gov. Paul LePage's record dealing with chemical regulations on Tuesday at the Broadway Park in Bangor.
Categories: Ecological News

The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
For decades, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences. They aren't pretty.
Categories: Ecological News

Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:30
Last year's half-baked, unsuccessful proposal to ban genetically-engineered crops in Los Angeles has not improved with time. Yet here it is before the City Council again, complete with wild statements about bio-engineered food and chock full of inconsistent logic.
Categories: Ecological News
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