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Protesters urge Rocky Mountain Power not to sue EPA 24.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Clean air activists delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s doorstep Tuesday morning in an attempt to dissuade the utility company from fighting federally mandated pollution controls at Utah power plants. About a dozen demonstrators walked 44,000 petitions to Rocky Mountain Power’s Salt Lake City offices while calling for the company to stand down and comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to require the pollution controls, rather than file its plan... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New EPA Guidelines: An Opportunity to Reduce Smog, Protect Public Health 23.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Peter Zalzal and David Lyon With families across the country starting back to school this week, the official summer season may be gone, but the ozone season is still in full swing. Ozone, more commonly known as “smog” is a harmful air pollutant that results in respiratory ailments like asthma and can even lead to premature death . For too many Americans, ozone pollution makes the activities that we enjoy doing outdoors in the summer difficult or even impossible.  And in recent years, ozone—once a summertime phenomenon impacting mostly larger cities—now affects rural parts of the country and can persist throughout the year.  In fact, rural Wyoming and Utah have experienced elevated ozone levels in the winter on par with some of the larger cities in the country.  A number of different industrial sources can contribute to this pollution, but in certain areas, emissions from the oil and natural gas sector are a significant factor. Fortunately, this summer, EPA finalized the nation’s first-ever standards ...
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Bottled water for 80 Wash. County homes after contamination alert 23.8.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
"While we believe the immediate health risks for most people exposed to (perfluorochemicals) are low, the latest information from EPA indicates a risk for developing fetuses and infants," Minnesota's health commissioner said Tuesday.
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Scallops recalled after hundreds sickened 22.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Sea Port Products Corp is voluntarily recalling a batch of its scallops after at least 206 people became sick with hepatitis A, prompting an investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease control and Prevention.
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Cloth masks offer poor protection against air pollution 19.8.2016 Environmental News Network
Results of a new study by environmental health scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially in highly polluted areas.Researchers Richard Peltier, Kabindra Shakya and colleagues believe theirs is the first study to rigorously test disposable surgical masks and washable cloth masks, which are widely used in Asia and Southeast Asia for personal protection against airborne particulate matter. Their study shows that "wearing cloth masks reduced the exposure to some extent," but "the most commonly used cloth mask products perform poorly when compared to alternative options available on the market."
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This Town Is Sick of Drinking Polluted Water 19.8.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michelle Chen

In Alabama’s Black Belt, a region where the vestiges of slavery still manifest in chronic poverty and crumbling infrastructure, a more recent legacy of mining and industry is haunting the land through poisoned waterways and toxic soil.

Yet the region has long been the rural core of civil-rights struggles, and along the Black Belt, local citizens are trying to revive a legacy of activism as they struggle to restore their environment.

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U.S. Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination near Colorado Springs 19.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns the substance has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites.
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US Air Force to change fire foam due to water contamination 18.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns that it has contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water at some military sites. The Air Force says it awarded a $6.2 million contract on Monday to replace the firefighting foam with an “environmentally responsible foam” to reduce the […]
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Exide cleanup: Parts of three L.A.-area schools fenced off due to lead contamination 18.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Children at three elementary schools near the closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant returned to classes this week to find parts of their campuses fenced off to protect them from lead-contaminated soil.

Crews installed temporary fencing at Fishburn Avenue Elementary in Maywood, Lorena...

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Colorado: Water contamination likely came from military base 18.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials said it’s highly likely that trace amounts of toxic chemicals found in three drinking water systems came from firefighting foam used at a nearby Air Force base. The state Department of Public Health and Environment said Wednesday it hasn’t ruled out additional sources, but officials believe at least some […]
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Colorado: Water contamination likely came from military base 18.8.2016 AP National
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado health officials said it&apos;s highly likely that trace amounts of toxic chemicals found in three drinking water systems came from firefighting foam used at a nearby Air Force base....
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Chum salmon prove surprisingly resistant to pollution 17.8.2016 AP Washington
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- Chum salmon appear to have a cockroach-like resistance to pollution....
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Anti-science claims dog Green Party nominee Jill Stein 17.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been waging an uphill battle for name recognition as she pursues her White House bid. But as she emerges in the public eye -- she is participating in a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday -- so have some of the retired medical doctor's past controversial comments on vaccines, her concerns about internet use being linked to poor health and GMOs.
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Ground-level ozone pollution alert issued for Denver, Front Range 17.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
A ground-level ozone pollution alert for the Front Range, including the metro Denver area, has been issued by the state health department.
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Mapping the health threat of wildfires under climate change in US West 17.8.2016 Environmental News Network
A surge in major wildfire events in the U.S. West as a consequence of climate change will expose tens of millions of Americans to high levels of air pollution in the coming decades, according to a new Yale-led study conducted with collaborators from Harvard.The researchers estimated air pollution from past and projected future wildfires in 561 western counties, and found that by mid-century more than 82 million people will experience "smoke waves," or consecutive days with high air pollution related to fires.The regions likely to receive the highest exposure to wildfire smoke in the future include northern California, western Oregon, and the Great Plains.
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EDF Moves to Defend Vital Protections to Reduce Methane Pollution 16.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Moves to Defend Vital Protections to Reduce Methane Pollution
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Evidence Suggests Big Oil Didn't Just Borrow Big Tobacco's Playbook to Lie About Climate Change -- They Wrote It 15.8.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Huxley_slides) A recent analysis of more than 100 industry documents conducted by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, has revealed that the oil industry knew of the risks its business posed to the global climate decades before originally suspected. It has also long been assumed that, in its efforts to deceive investors and the public about the negative impact its business has on the environment, Big Oil borrowed Big Tobacco's so-called tactical "playbook." But these documents indicate that infamous playbook appears to have actually originated within the oil industry itself. If that is true, it would be highly significant -- and damning for Big Oil -- because the tactics used by the tobacco industry to downplay the connection between smoking and cancer were eventually deemed to have violated federal racketeering laws by a federal court. The ruling dashed efforts by Big Tobacco to find legal cover under the First Amendment, which just ...
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The Hidden Costs of Food 15.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans consume an average of three burgers and more than three liters of soda a week. Many of us realize this isn't healthy, but it certainly is cheap. Or is it? How much do we really pay for food, when you consider the health, societal and environmental problems caused by producing and eating it? I recently spoke at a conference on the true cost of food, alongside farmers, health experts, labor advocates, food industry executives and others. As I started to tally the numbers I was hearing at the conference, it seemed to me that the true cost of food could be double, if not triple, what we pay out of pocket. Environmentalists often talk about the hidden costs of pollution from our energy system, and there have been many studies that examine this question. But I wasn't aware of any studies that approached food in a similar way. The numbers presented below are rough, but even these conservative estimates suggest that the real cost of our food could be roughly double the apparent cost. Clearly, this is ...
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Racial and partisan divides shape American views of poverty and the poor 14.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

The differences illuminate some of the passions that...

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The leaders we elect this fall will seal the Chesapeake Bay’s fate for decades to come 13.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The federal government has a leading role, but governors such as Tim Kaine have also played an important part.
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