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Former cleanup workers blame illnesses on toxic coal ash exposures.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Dozens of lawsuits are pending as a result of a 2008 dam collapse in Tennessee.
Categories: Ecological News

Duke Energy wants to keep state scientist testimony in coal ash case secret.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Duke Energy is asking a federal judge to make the sworn statements of a state environmental toxicologist off-limits to the public amid an ongoing lawsuit between environmentalists and the energy company over coal ash.
Categories: Ecological News

PFOA, PFOS likely hazardous to immune system.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Two chemicals that have made thousands of industrial and consumer products stick-, heat- and grease-resistant also are presumed to be hazardous to people's immune systems, a scientific panel said July 19.
Categories: Ecological News

Full of holes: Why Australia's mining boom will leave permanent scars.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
With the coal boom on the wane, mining companies want to escape the cost of rehabilitating their sites. But even if governments effectively restrain them, many of the huge voids in the landscape will never be filled in.
Categories: Ecological News

Florida may have its first Zika virus outbreak.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Florida health officials said Tuesday they were investigating a possible case of Zika that wasn't carried back by a traveler.
Categories: Ecological News

Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago.
Categories: Ecological News

Cutting sugar rapidly improves heart health markers.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Obese children who cut sugar from their diets saw improvements in markers of heart disease after just nine days.
Categories: Ecological News

Mosquito infestation in Hong Kong reaches ‘alert’ level, index shows, prompting fears of dengue and Zika virus transmission.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
An index that measures growth in the numbers of a type of mosquito that could transmit dengue fever and the Zika virus has exceeded an “alert” level in eight districts and reached a new high for the city overall.
Categories: Ecological News

Australia says probes asbestos in China firm's supplies, seizes evidence.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Australian authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating whether building materials supplied by Hong Kong-listed Yuanda China contain the banned mineral asbestos and have seized evidence related to the checks.
Categories: Ecological News

No health impact from nitrate contamination in CHCH water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
There appears to have been no health implications following a nitrate contamination in part of Christchurch's water supply.
Categories: Ecological News

Processing PFOA blood tests will take months, warns state epidemiologist.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Residents in Southern NH exposed to high levels of PFOA can begin getting their blood tested, but those blood tests will likely take months to be processed.
Categories: Ecological News

Lead in tap water? US directive to Portland should spur creative solution.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Portland faces critical choices ahead in deciding how to satisfy a federal directive to reduce the amount of lead in tap water.
Categories: Ecological News

Utah's air monitoring network must be made much more active.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
The people of Utah — and their lungs — deserve the best we can provide in terms of air quality monitoring and clean-up, with specific sources pinpointed as accurately and quickly as humanly possible.
Categories: Ecological News

Near California Exide plant, dangerous lead levels in some yards are 100 times above health limits.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
People living near the now shuttered Exide battery plant in Los Angeles are, in some cases, living with lead levels so high their properties qualify as hazardous waste sites.
Categories: Ecological News

Sowing hope and weeding out siege profiteers in Syria.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
In Syria's besieged areas, civilians are planting their own urban gardens to make up for the lack of humanitarian aid and exorbitant cost of black-market food.
Categories: Ecological News

California to set legal limit on probable carcinogen in water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
The California State Water Resources Control Board will soon set a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3 Trichloropropane, or 1,2,3 TCP.
Categories: Ecological News

Alameda County, California, bans fracking.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Alameda County on Tuesday became the first Bay Area county to ban fracking. A coalition of environmental groups had worked for more than two years to persuade county leaders to ban fracking.
Categories: Ecological News

Oregon groundwater contaminated after June oil train derailment.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky. Now there's invisible damage.
Categories: Ecological News

Strange new case might change what we know about Zika.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
Zika virus infection appears to have passed from one member of a Utah family to another, but not by any of the known paths of transmission: sex, pregnancy, or mosquito bite.
Categories: Ecological News

Beyond cap-and-trade: Environmentalists say California will have fewer emissions and better policy if it ditches the program.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 19:30
California's cap-and-trade program is a cornerstone of the state's effort to curb greenhouse gases. But it's also in crisis.
Categories: Ecological News
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