User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Toxics
Last updated: Aug 01 2014 20:09 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 14,367    
TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
Also found in: [+]
Gaza Truce in Tatters as Hamas, Israelis Clash 1.8.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
A cease-fire meant to last three days and lead to talks on a lasting peace in the Gaza Strip collapsed as heavy fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Hamas.
July 31 Readers' letters: Closing the opportunity gap for Santa Clara County youth 1.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers.
Also found in: [+]
It's Time to Take this Poisonous Plastic Out of Our Oceans 1.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You may love the plastic in your credit card, water pipes and gym bags but whales, sea turtles and birds certainly don't. Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl, is one of the world's most common plastics. It's also a major source of dangerous chemicals, including substances linked to cancer, birth defects, asthma and obesity. And here's the problem: Americans discard more than 7 billion pounds of PVC each year, but regular garbage dumps don't prevent this waste from reaching the environment. Once discarded, dangerous chemicals like phthalates and vinyl chloride can easily migrate into the groundwater beneath conventional landfills, ultimately poisoning nearby wetlands and streams. What's more, strong winds often carry plastic trash directly into the ocean. For years, we've known that plastic pollution seriously threatens marine species. Thousands of dolphins, turtles, sea birds and other animals die or suffer injuries each year after becoming entangled in trash or mistaking plastic debris for ...
Also found in: [+]
Got Science? Ohio Wake-up Call on Fracking Disclosure Laws 1.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At a Halliburton fracking site in Clarington, Ohio, in the southeastern part of the state, a fire broke out on a recent Saturday morning. What happened next should be a wake-up call to every U.S. citizen, especially the millions of Americans who live in communities where fracking is planned or underway. Ohio firefighters battled the blaze for an entire week. Before they managed to fully extinguish it, the fire caused some 30 explosions that rained shrapnel over the surrounding area; 20 trucks on the site caught fire; and tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals -- including a toxic soup of diesel fuel, hydrochloric acid, and ethylene glycol -- mixed with runoff into the nearby creek, killing an estimated 70,000 fish as far as five miles downstream. State officials physically removed the decomposing remains of more than 11,000 fish and other aquatic life in their efforts to reduce the damage to the waterway. Drinking Water Threatened If the severe damage to a local creek weren't troubling enough, this ...
Also found in: [+]
EPA risk assessment finds trichloroethylene (TCE) too toxic for use in dry-cleaners and hobby arts & crafts. Experts say to ban unsafe and unnecessary uses. 1.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C.: Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a highly toxic solvent commonly found in degreasing agents, spot cleaning agents in dry cleaners, and spray fixatives for arts & craft uses. It is linked to heart malformations in exposed fetuses, kidney toxicity including cancer, immunotoxicity,...
Also found in: [+]
This company sends safe and effective green cleaning products straight to your door 31.7.2014 TreeHugger
Nyt Liv aims to make finding and buying safer and more sustainable cleaning products simple and easy.
Also found in: [+]
California company recalls food on botulism fears 31.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
VR Green Farms has recalled pesto, as well as its pickled farm mix, Old World tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, Tuscan grilling sauce and pasta sauce.
Also found in: [+]
South L.A.'s Allenco fined $99,000 over toxic emissions 31.7.2014 LA Times: Science
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday fined an oil operation in a South Los Angeles neighborhood $99,000 for failing to take steps to prevent release of toxic emissions.
Also found in: [+]
Researchers Observe Gnarly Waves In Arctic Ocean For First Time 31.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Surfers may know the shores of Australia or Hawaii as some of the prime surfing spots around the world. But swells in the Arctic Ocean? That's a new one. While some daring surfers have ventured out to the icy waters in Iceland and Norway for some Arctic surfing , they may want to pay attention to Alaska's Beaufort Sea, where researchers have recorded sizable swells. In a recent study, oceanographers describe how they detected "house-sized waves" in the Arctic Ocean for the first time. The research team, from the University of Washington and the Naval Research Laboratory, used sensors anchored to the seafloor to measure the size of the waves generated. During one particularly strong storm in September 2012, they recorded waves 16 feet high, on average. The biggest single wave in the Beaufort Sea reached a height of about 29 feet, lead researcher Jim Thomson told The Washington Post. The team linked the large Arctic waves to melting -- spurred by climate change -- and high storm winds in the region. "As ...
Also found in: [+]
Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: watchdog 31.7.2014 Health
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten months after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchange is still dogged by cost overruns and technology delays that could hamper enrollment when it resumes in November, a U.S. watchdog said. The total cost of HealthCare.gov and its supporting systems hit $840 million in March, according to a forthcoming report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Part of the cost stems from the federal government's work with Accenture Plc, the lead contractor for the HealthCare.gov website. Multiple failures caused HealthCare.gov to crash during its Oct. 1 debut, hampering early enrollment for benefits under President Barack Obama's healthcare law and prompting a congressional investigation.
Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Gulf of Mexico Kills 10 30.7.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
The latest in scary news that seems to only happen in Florida is a flesh-eating bacteria that has hospitalized 32 and killed 10 along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Investigation exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout 30.7.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last ...
Also found in: [+]
California far exceeds projections for coverage 30.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Politics
Survey: 58 percent of previously uninsured now have health care
Also found in: [+]
Serena Williams addresses Wimbledon incident 29.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Serena Williams, the top seed this week at Stanford's Bank of the West Classic, called her departure from a Wimbledon doubles match scary. 'I was really, really sick. Literally the next three days I couldn't get out of bed,' she said.
Legal Petition Calls for New York State to Ban Super-toxic Rat Poisons 28.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
Also found in: [+]
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire 28.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. If those amounts are too low, consumer...
Also found in: [+]
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire 28.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
Also found in: [+]
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire 28.7.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
Also found in: [+]
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire 27.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: National News
If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 14,367