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Six Freedom owners, managers, employees charged; company takes plea deal with feds.

9 hours 1 min ago
Federal prosecutors charged the six with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act related to the January 2014 chemical leak that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people in Charleston, West Virginia, and surrounding communities.
Categories: Ecological News

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters.

9 hours 1 min ago
In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state’s long-term air pollution guideline for benzene, one of the world’s most toxic and thoroughly studied chemicals. The benzene decision was part of Texas’ sweeping overhaul of its air pollution guidelines.
Categories: Ecological News

China's largest coal power plant violating air pollution levels every week.

9 hours 1 min ago
China’s largest coal-fired power plant has been violating national emission standards for chemicals that cause dangerous fine particulate matter pollution, official figures show.
Categories: Ecological News

Legacy pollution forces Michigan town to look for new drinking water supply.

9 hours 1 min ago
About 10 years ago, a weird chemical started showing up in the drinking water in St. Louis, Michigan. It was a byproduct of DDT. The insecticide is now banned in the U.S., but DDT was manufactured in St. Louis for 20 years. Now, the city is working to get a new source of drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

Aviation fuel settlement may help phase out lingering source of lead pollution.

9 hours 1 min ago
Under the settlement, companies that sell or distribute leaded aviation gasoline must sell the lowest lead fuel that is commercially available in sufficient quantities, and warn the public about the danger of lead exposure through signs posted at airports and notices sent to nearby residences.
Categories: Ecological News

Portland crows died from pesticide, lab tests show; federal investigation continues.

9 hours 1 min ago
Lab tests have confirmed that a pesticide caused the deaths of more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still don't know if the birds were intentionally poisoned.
Categories: Ecological News

Greenpeace took the wrong tactic in Peru stunt.

9 hours 1 min ago
Greenpeace went too far when activists from the group defaced an ancient Peruvian landmark known as the Nazca lines earlier this month.
Categories: Ecological News

Revolutionary research scientist Theo Colborn dies at 87.

9 hours 1 min ago
If Theo Colborn had not been such an avid bird watcher, the world might not know about the emerging dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal, an outlaw enterprise.

9 hours 1 min ago
Coal is an outlaw enterprise. In nearly every stage of its production, many companies that profit from it routinely defy safety and environmental laws and standards designed to protect America's public health, property and prosperity.
Categories: Ecological News

Air pollution exposure in pregnancy linked to autism in study.

9 hours 1 min ago
Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.
Categories: Ecological News

Four indicted in Freedom chemical leak case.

9 hours 1 min ago
Four owners and managers of Freedom Industries have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection to the chemical leak that tainted the drinking water of thousands of West Virginians.
Categories: Ecological News

Toxic chemicals found in majority of holiday decorations.

9 hours 1 min ago
A new study tested seasonal holiday products in southeast Michigan from retailers Walmart, Target and CVS. Two-thirds contained substances linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems. According to the study’s researchers, home decorations are largely unregulated.
Categories: Ecological News

Oil spill in Israel’s Evrona Nature Reserve is disastrous news for a precious resource.

9 hours 1 min ago
Crews swaddled in white biohazard suits have been dunking nozzles into streams of oil, racing to soak up the ooze seeping into the desert valley floor here, two weeks after a major spill threatened one of Israel's most precious habitats.
Categories: Ecological News

Safe water and basic sanitation would slash maternal deaths, report says.

9 hours 1 min ago
An estimated 289,000 women die from childbirth complications each year. The lives of new mothers and babies are being put at risk by an unreliable supply of safe water, lack of good hygiene and an inadequate number of toilets, according to a report published by a group of health organizations.
Categories: Ecological News

China approves Syngenta Biotech corn.

9 hours 1 min ago
China’s Ministry of Agriculture has approved a controversial biotech corn product that has been blamed for the collapse of U.S. corn exports to the big Asian market, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

EPA rules on coal ash may disappoint environmentalists, buoy industry.

9 hours 1 min ago
The federal government is about to announce its first rules for the handling and storage of potentially toxic coal ash, months after tons of the waste spilled into a major river in North Carolina.
Categories: Ecological News

$300 million Great Lakes bill stalls in Senate.

9 hours 1 min ago
A bill that would have continued a Great Lakes environmental cleanup program for five more years has stalled in Congress.
Categories: Ecological News

'Godfather of greening' writes game plan for big-time sports.

9 hours 1 min ago
Battle-hardened environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz has done just about everything in green activism. But his new mission may trump them all in terms of potential to reach a mainstream audience. He's taking on big-time sports.
Categories: Ecological News

Airline pilots face sunbed levels of UV radiation in cockpits.

9 hours 1 min ago
Airline pilots often boast enviable tans, but it may not be from the exotic locations that they travel between, but from spending too much time in the cockpit, research suggests.
Categories: Ecological News

Crowdsourcing to uncover toxic chemicals.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:30
Because industrial chemical use is minimally regulated, a lab at Duke University is offering free analyses of furniture for potentially hazardous compounds.
Categories: Ecological News