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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.
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Dangers hiding in everyday products 2.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry." But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
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Lt. Gov. Owen, others, plan trade mission to Cuba 2.7.2016 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's office announced Friday that he is planning to lead a trade mission to Cuba in September....
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Protecting our most TENDR: Experts Call for Reducing Children’s Exposure to Neurodevelopmental Toxicants 2.7.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist with the Health Program. Today, a prominent group of health care professionals, scientists, and advocates including EDF published a consensus statement highlighting the significant scientific evidence linking impacts on children’s brain development to exposures to certain toxic chemicals. Beginning in utero, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of […]
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Just 3% of Utah kids are tested for dangerous lead exposure 1.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Few Utah children are tested for exposure to lead — a situation that state agencies are taking steps to change amid calls for increased monitoring by a Utah environmental group and the American Medical Association. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment announced this month that it plans to launch a campaign asking the state to provide blood tests for lead to all expectant mothers and infants to detect lead exposure in time to prevent developmental delays. Brian Moench, the group’s president,...
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There's A Deadly Problem With Our Water Hardly Anyone's Talking About 1.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the more than two years that have passed since the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, began , the threat of lead contamination in drinking water nationwide has perhaps never before felt more urgent -- but experts say  there is another contaminant that  may be linked  to the Flint crisis, with deadly results. Twelve people in the Flint area died of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe pneumonia, following the switch to sourcing drinking water from the Flint River, according to state health officials. A total of 91 cases were reported in Genesee County from 2014 to 2015, more than seven times the number of Legionnaires’ cases the county typically reports. And the number of actual cases are likely even higher, as the number of pneumonia and flu deaths in the county also rose after the switch. Legionnaires Is A Problem Nationwide Too The problem is not limited to Flint. The Centers for Disease Control  announced this month that the number of Legionnaires’ cases in the U.S. has almost quadrupled over the ...
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The SCOTUS Immigration Decision Has Aggravated a Humanitarian & Environmental Crisis 1.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Those four Supreme Court justices showed no mercy on June 23rd by ruling against President Obama's executive orders on immigration and aggravating a national tragedy that impacts millions of people. Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito upheld a lower court decision blocking the President's initiatives that would have legally protected the undocumented parents of citizens and green-card holders. The remaining four justices ruled against the decision, and the ensuing tie automatically upheld the original ruling. Today millions of undocumented workers remain in a distressing legal limbo and at the mercy of polluters throughout the country. For we must remember that Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrants remain the demographic most vulnerable to the impact of fossil fuel pollution. According to a Washington State University study , "economically disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods of non-English speaking Latinos are more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air ...
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The EPA Could Have Protected These People From Breathing Coal Dust Every Day. So Why Didn't It? 30.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BOKOSHE, Oklahoma — Here in the land of wind-whipped, rolling plains, the gray dust, which sparkles in just the right light, seems inescapable. Residents of this town near the Arkansas line say they have spotted it on their grass, trees, ponds, barns, furniture and cars. The source of Bokoshe’s enduring misery is coal ash, an often-toxic byproduct of burning coal for electricity. Clouds of it, swirling like tornadoes at times, descend upon people while they sit in their yards and mow their lawns. The powdery material clogs swimming pools, air conditioners and chicken coops. The ash, which contains harmful metals such as arsenic, chromium and lead, comes from a state-permitted disposal pit — operated by a company named Making Money Having Fun — fed by a power plant eight miles outside of town. Residents here began complaining about the dust to state regulators in 1998. More than a decade later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency got involved and in 2014 finally acknowledged that the pit has shown ...
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HUFFPOST HILL - Congress Poisoned By Partisanship, Actual Poison 30.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The average GOP “Young Gun” is quite old, but they won’t seem so long in the tooth once they take office and we raise the retirement age to 75. The Cannon House Office Building has lead-tainted water, so lawmakers have had to switch back to drinking children's tears. And the Trump Institute squeezed money out of its enrollees, stole other people’s ideas and provided students no useful skills — though we’re pretty sure that’s what most undergraduate programs do. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, June 29th, 2016: HILLARY MAYBE NOT LIKEABLE ENOUGH, WHITE HOUSE WORRIES - News cycles are a flat circle. Edward-Isaac Dovere: "Concerned that Hillary Clinton is still struggling to generate excitement, President Barack Obama is preparing to campaign for her by reminding voters there was a time he didn't like her so much, but he came around — and they should too. That’s the only way, Obama and aides working with him think, that she’ll have the positive mandate she’ll need to govern. Winning the White House by ...
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Meet the Attorney Who Just Won the Historic Abortion Rights Case at the Supreme Court 29.6.2016 Democracy Now!
On Monday, in the most significant victory for abortion rights in a generation, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law in Texas. In a 5-3 ruling, the justices rejected provisions requiring abortion clinics to meet the costly standards of hospital-style surgery centers and mandating that doctors obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The impact of Monday's landmark ruling is already reverberating throughout the country. On Tuesday, justices rejected bids by Mississippi and Wisconsin to revive admitting privileges requirements similar to the one in Texas. Meanwhile, Alabama's attorney general has announced his state will stop trying to defend its own admitting privileges requirement in wake of the Supreme Court's ruling. We speak with Stephanie Toti, who argued the landmark Texas abortion case before the Supreme Court.
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Groups call for more lead testing in Utah 29.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Few Utah children are tested for exposure to lead — a situation that state agencies are taking steps to change amid calls for increased monitoring by a Utah environmental group and the American Medical Association. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment announced this month that it plans to launch a campaign asking the state to provide blood tests for lead to all expectant mothers and infants to detect lead exposure in time to prevent developmental delays. Brian Moench, the group’s president,...
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Community and scientists agree: Ontario must clean up Grassy Narrows immediately 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 The Ontario government announced it would commit $300,000 to monitor mercury levels in the river near Grassy Narrows, but the community and scientists question the level of commitment. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. The Ontario government announced it would commit $300,000 to monitoring mercury levels in the English-Wabigoon River system after ministers David Zimmer and Glen Murray visited Grassy Narrows First Nation on ...
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'The Aleppo Evil' Is Making A Comeback 29.6.2016 NPR News
It's a disfiguring disease spread by the bite of sand flies. And there are fears that the Syrian refugee problem is triggering a dramatic increase in cases.
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Silvestrini, Healey lead Millcreek mayoral chase 29.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Although he warned followers last week he might not be able to continue to the November general election because of cancer, Fred Healey was in a strong position to survive Tuesday’s primary as one of two candidates to become the first mayor of Millcreek. Healey was in second place behind fellow incorporation leader Jeff Silvestrini — a Salt Lake City lawyer active for more than two decades in Mount Olympus community affairs — in the initial batch of unofficial results Tuesday from the Salt Lake ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Plaintiff in SCOTUS Abortion Case Celebrates Historic Win But Says Struggle for Clinics Isn't Over 28.6.2016 Democracy Now!
In the most significant victory for abortion rights in a generation, the Supreme Court has struck down provisions of a sweeping anti-choice law in Texas. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined Justice Stephen Breyer and all three women justices on the Supreme Court, condemning the restrictions as an undue burden on access to abortion. We speak with lead plaintiff Amy Hagstrom Miller about the historic victory and what it will take for shuttered clinics to reopen.
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How Florida Republicans Became Losers 28.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Massive toxic algae blooming around the southern half of the Florida peninsula, coating public health, tourism, business and real estate on both Florida coasts with dangerous scum, is the real consequence to taxpayers and voters of losing their bet on Republican leadership: Gov. Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, state representative Matt Caldwell, US Senator Marco Rubio, and all the insiders and cronies they corralled to serve on boards like the water management districts and Public Service Commission. This isn't hyperbole. A real bet was made by voters. A real bet was lost. It wasn't too long ago -- although it seems like ages -- that sober minds in the Republican and Democratic parties understood whatever their differences, attention must be paid to the public interest. In time, the GOP's lock on both houses of the legislature and the executive mansion boiled down to a myopic confidence that the best way to protect people was to allow ...
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Toxic workplaces need 'comprehensive approach' not band-aid solutions 28.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Dysfunctional workplaces create an incredibly toxic environment that negatively affects workers' mental health. Teuila Fuatai speaks with OPSEU representatives about mental health practices. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. One in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health illness or problem during their lifetime, according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Statistics also show the annual economic cost to the country is at least $50 billion -- a figure only expected to climb in future ...
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Toobin: Justice stakes his legacy 28.6.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Perhaps Anthony Kennedy sees the writing on the wall. Perhaps he recognizes that the Supreme Court is heading in a more liberal direction, and he intends to lead it there -- as he has led the court so often in his extremely consequential nearly three decades as a justice.
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US Supreme Court Stops the Sham by Striking Down Texas Abortion Law 27.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Women's health advocates rejoiced on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Texas' controversial abortion restrictions, saying they pose an unconstitutional burden.

Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with four liberal justices for a 5-3 decision (pdf) in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, considered the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade

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High Levels of Toxins Found in Bodies of People Living Near Fracking Sites 27.6.2016 Truthout.com
Many of the toxic chemicals escaping from fracking and natural gas processing sites and storage facilities may be present in much higher concentrations in the bodies of people living or working near such sites, new research has shown. In a first-of-its-kind study combining air-monitoring methods with new biomonitoring techniques, researchers detected volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from natural gas operations in Pavillion, Wyoming in the bodies of nearby residents at levels that were as much as 10 times that of the national averages. Some of these VOCs such as benzene and toluene are linked to chronic diseases like cancer and reproductive and developmental disorders. Others are associated with respiratory problems, headaches, nosebleeds, and skin rashes. "Many of those chemicals were present in the participants' bodies at concentrations far exceeding background averages in the US population," notes the study, titled " When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted ...
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