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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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With TCE, EPA proposes first toxic chemical ban in 27 years under TSCA 7.12.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist with the Health Program. Today, EPA issued a proposed rule to ban uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a spot cleaning agent in dry cleaning and as an aerosol spray degreaser in commercial and consumer settings. This marks the first time in 27 years EPA is proposing to restrict the […]
Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo District Court has rejected a civil lawsuit demanding that tests into food toxicity and illnesses required by law be carried out for “Minamata disease” poisoning. Doctor Toshihide Tsuda, who sued, said Wednesday he would appeal the court’s decision. Minamata disease, one of Japan’s worst environmental disasters, refers to mercury poisoning […]
Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees a Truly Toxic Swamp 7.12.2016 Newswire

Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees signal a war on working people, the poor, people of color, immigrants and women. In response, People’s Action has launched an all-out effort to oppose these nominees that will engage its entire family of affiliates across 30 states.

People’s Action has joined with allies nationwide in hosting resistance assemblies to insist that Congress reject nominees whose policies would put Americans in jeopardy, and begin planning future action. These assemblies will take place from December 14 to December 18.

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Massive Bill Targeting Opioid Crisis Is Headed To The White House 6.12.2016 Politics on
WASHINGTON ― As Congress headed toward its summer recess in late June, the fate of a bill that would dramatically reform the opioid treatment industry was in doubt. Despite a lopsided 94 to 1 win in the Senate earlier that year, House Republicans had moved at their own pace, having only passed their version in May. Meanwhile, the White House and Senate Democrats were making renewed demands that any policy improvements come with the federal funds to make a real dent. The White House wanted just over $1 billion, while Senate Democrats were calling for $600 million. The bill’s lead co-sponsor, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), worried that either amount would have made the bill untenable in the Republican-controlled House. So he asked for a meeting of Republican leaders to hash out a way forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed to convene it, hosting the previously unreported gathering in his conference room with Portman and Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Chuck ...
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Atrocious makeup set for young girls earns Worst Toy of the Year Award 6.12.2016 TreeHugger
Because every preschooler needs insecurity-boosting, sexualizing, toxic cosmetics to slather on their beautiful little faces!
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A Pro-Industry EPA Could Undermine New Chemical Safety Law 4.12.2016 Views
Melanie Benesh

By releasing the first 10 chemicals to be reviewed under the new federal chemical safety law, the Environmental Protection Agency reminds us of what’s at stake – and how decisions made by the incoming Trump administration could jeopardize Americans' health.

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Agencies were urged to address Paramount metal emissions years before air toxics scare 4.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The recent discovery of high levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in Paramount has alarmed residents and led authorities to crack down on dangerous emissions from two metal-processing plants.

But the interventions last week by air regulators and health officials followed years of slow and sporadic...

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EWG and Healthy Child Healthy World - Making the World Toxin Free 3.12.2016 Green on
For the past ten years, I've been a big fan of Ken Cook and the Environmental Working Group since I learned about their work. So when they asked me to co-host EWG's Healthy Child Healthy World Annual Gala, a celebration of the group's 24 years of achievement in promoting children's environmental health and reversing its negative effects, I did not have to think twice. EWG is the pillar of my life. I look to it as my main source of products and information for having a toxin-free life. Do you know what's in your tap water? What pesticides are in your food? What about the farms, fracking wells, and factories in your local area? More than two decades ago, The Environmental Working Group set out to answer these questions with breakthrough research and education, creating the mission to embower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With programs like their EWG Verified with Skin Deep , they take into account more than just ingredients in determining how safe and non-toxic a product is, ...
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New chemicals under the new TSCA: Growing pains now, but a stronger system going forward 2.12.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. In the many conversations I have had over these last many years about the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the single thing that most resonated with people about why the old law didn’t work was about new chemicals. Folks were stunned when they learned that the old law […]
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Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare 2.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare — and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government’s flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans. It turns out that Republicans, especially in the Senate, are not spoiling for a fight. “We are not inclined to lead with our chin,” said No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas. “And right now, we’v...
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ISIS' toxic legacy: Iraqis battle blazing oil wells 2.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Menacing black smoke hangs over the town of al-Qayyara. The air here is poison.
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Psychedelic Mushrooms Ease Existential Anxiety In Cancer Patients 1.12.2016 Politics on
Dinah Bazer, a 69-year-old mother and retired information systems worker living in Brooklyn, credits psychedelics with saving her life. After undergoing chemotherapy for late-stage ovarian cancer in 2010, Bazer was consumed with anxiety and constant feelings of dread and hopelessness. So when her nurse told her about a clinical trial testing a new drug for cancer-related anxiety and depression ― high-dose psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms ― she signed up without hesitating.  Not long after ingesting the psilocybin during her session, Bazer found herself engulfed in utter terror. She visualized her fear as a black mass under her rib cage and yelled for it to “get the fuck out!” Almost immediately, the fear left her completely. She shifted into a spiritual experience she described as bathing in God’s unconditional love for several hours.  Four years later, the experience is still with her and the fear is still gone. Bazer says she became calmer, let go of her aggressive driving ...
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Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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Experts tell Wynne to clean up mercury in Grassy Narrows -- no justification in further delay 1.12.2016 - News for the rest of us
Some of the world’s top scientists are refuting claims by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne that attempts to clean up mercury contamination upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, north of Kenora, could make the situation worse.     “This fear is needless,” said Dr. David Schindler in a letter co-signed by scientist David Suzuki and sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne Tuesday, the Toronto Star reported.  “If the river system remains in its current state, we anticipate a continued degradation of the health and social fabric of the Grassy Narrows ...
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World AIDS Day: Surprise monkey study could lead to ‘functional’ cure for HIV 1.12.2016 FirstPost: Life

A surprising monkey study may have a possible functional cure for HIV that works without ART

The post World AIDS Day: Surprise monkey study could lead to ‘functional’ cure for HIV appeared first on Firstpost.

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Tom Price could end ACA’s free birth control 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Tom Price, who like the president-elect has championed repealing the ACA, would not have to wait for the overall law to be targeted by Congress because the free contraceptive measure exists due to a rule enacted by the Obama administration.
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Making federally-assisted housing lead-safe for children 30.11.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director Housing supported by the Federal Government should not be poisoning children. That was the simple message Congress delivered to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992. Despite some real progress since then, recent cases of lead poisoning in […]
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Flint family says Navy is retaliating for speaking out about water crisis 30.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Lee Anne Walters and her family were the first in Flint, Michigan, to discover that there were astronomically high levels of lead in the water and alert the Environmental Protection Agency. But the family now says her criticism and advocacy during the water crisis has been met with workplace retaliation and harassment against her husband, a sailor with the US Navy.
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Trump tapping Washington, Wall Street veterans for top jobs 30.11.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories

Steven Mnuchin, national finance chairman of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, walks to lunch at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is enlisting a trio of nominees with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street to fill out his Cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury Department.

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