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Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh residents call on Congress to hold hearings on water crisis.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
The gathering of a group called Concerned C8 Citizens is becoming a weekly event where residents claim recent victories in their battle against a dangerous chemical in their water called PFOA.
Categories: Ecological News

Flint lead pipe replacement bids too high, mayor says.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
The city of Flint's nascent efforts to replace its damaged lead pipes in order to restore safe drinking water hit a major snag Tuesday after the mayor said the bids to complete the work were too costly.
Categories: Ecological News

Oregon schools may be required to test water for lead.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
The Oregon Department of Education could require school districts to test for lead and other contaminants in schools under a new rule under consideration by the state Board of Education.
Categories: Ecological News

While Latin America struggles over Zika, Haiti faces epidemic with a shrug.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
The extent of the Zika epidemic is a mystery in the hemisphere’s poorest country.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil canals in National Preserve in Louisiana to be filled.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday toured water plant-choked canals in the alligator-and-bird preserve by airboat and called the work crucial; she said filling in open canals can help fend off the Gulf of Mexico and its hurricanes.
Categories: Ecological News

'Oil is the New Tobacco' a slippery slope, critics warn.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
If the Democrats’ newly announced “Oil is the New Tobacco” campaign catches on, the nation’s potato chip and ice cream manufacturers may want to watch their backs, critics warn.
Categories: Ecological News

Fear of lead paint in HUD housing leads family to homeless shelter.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Although lead-based paint is a common threat in subsidized housing, HUD regulations say a child must actually be lead-poisoned before any repairs are required or moves approved.
Categories: Ecological News

Erin Brockovich law firm to host Upper Moreland meeting on water contamination.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York City law firm associated with consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, will hold a public meeting next week to speak with residents who feel they may have been affected by local drinking water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds.
Categories: Ecological News

Arsenic levels near shuttered Chesapeake coal ash plant are focus of trial's first day.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Witnesses for the Sierra Club testified that high levels of arsenic detected in sediments of the Elizabeth River could be coming only from that ash.
Categories: Ecological News

Wisconsin city wins bid for Lake Michigan water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Governors from the eight Great Lakes states agreed Tuesday to allow a Wisconsin city to start pumping millions of gallons a day from Lake Michigan, marking the largest diversion of water from the lakes since Chicago reversed the flow of the Chicago River in 1900.
Categories: Ecological News

Brussels briefing: Commission committed to ban on 'proven' endocrine disruptors.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
EU health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis said that EU rules are based on science and that if a chemical is found to be an endocrine disruptor, it will be immediately banned.
Categories: Ecological News

Children in some US cities have dangerously high blood lead levels.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
In some U.S. cities, at least one in seven kids have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, indicating exposure to a toxic metal that can lead to lifelong physical, mental and behavioral health problems, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama to sign toxic chemical rules; 1st overhaul in 40 years.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
President Barack Obama will sign into law the first overhaul of toxic chemical rules in 40 years while hailing a rare moment of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats.
Categories: Ecological News

Diablo Canyon to shut down when license expires in 2025.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
In a momentous decision with far-reaching consequences, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has announced it will not pursue license renewal for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and will close it in 2025.
Categories: Ecological News

German government agrees to ban fracking indefinitely.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Germany's coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over the issue, but environmental groups said the ban did not go far enough and vowed to fight the deal.
Categories: Ecological News

Brexit will lead to fracking free-for-all as environmental regulation will be up for grabs, experts say.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Fracking could be fast-tracked across the country if Britain votes to leave the EU, according to experts.
Categories: Ecological News

BLM says fracking rule freeze 'ignores a century of precedent'.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
The Obama administration's new rules for hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands are not only legal -- they're overdue, government lawyers told a federal court yesterday.
Categories: Ecological News

Wynne vows to ‘get to the bottom’ of mercury dumping report near First Nation.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
A concerned Premier Kathleen Wynne is sending government scientists to Grassy Narrows to investigate a report of a potentially dangerous mercury dumping site on land near the First Nation community.
Categories: Ecological News

How bad is Zika for babies? Study to track 10,000 pregnant women.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
U.S. and international researchers announced Tuesday that they're planning to follow 10,000 pregnant women from the very beginnings of pregnancy through to birth to see just how the virus affects their developing babies.
Categories: Ecological News

How mosquito spit might affect Zika risk.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:30
Two studies published in the past week show that mosquito saliva lures immune cells to the site of a bite, and tricks them into spreading any viruses, such as Zika virus, throughout the body.
Categories: Ecological News
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