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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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'Yes, logging introduces mercury!' New revelations from Grassy Narrows 21.9.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Another stunning story in the Toronto Star last week revealed that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish even as the province refused a request by the First Nation for an environmental assessment of the province's 10-year logging plan for the area.  The article references government emails obtained through freedom of information requests made by Grassy ...
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Farmworker Advocates Call For Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide 21.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.

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Utah County health officials: stay out of Big East Lake 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Members of the public and their animals should stay out of Big East Lake in Utah County, health officials warn. Recent test results and monitoring have led the Utah County Health Department to adjust its warnings about algal blooms in the county’s bodies of water. The department has adjusted the Big East Lake’s advisory to “danger,” which “is essentially a closure, as people and animals should not be in or on the lake,” said Ralph Clegg, the department’s executive director, in a news release. Al...
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Indonesia's Illegal Deforestation Fires Killed Over 100,000: Study 19.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

As illegal forest-clearing fires once again burn acres of tropical peatland in Indonesia, new research on last year's deadly blazes estimates that 100,000 people died prematurely from the toxic haze that resulted from the fires.

The fires are set each year to cheaply and quickly clear tropical peatland for palm oil and pulpwood plantations. While technically illegal, Indonesia has historically failed to regulate the devastating practice.

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River at Risk: Oil, Gas, Nukes Threaten New York Health 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Hudson River is under threat, again. Just when we thought we were in the clear - and that river towns up and down the Hudson Valley could enjoy scenic river views for restaurants, new housing, parks and other critical economic development - we're playing defense, again. Oil barges, nuclear plants and gas pipelines all now threaten the integrity of the river. Remember that not too long ago the river was the dumping ground for toxics and municipal waste and that it's still recovering from General Electric's inexcusable release of PCBs into public waters. Had it not been for Hudson Valley voices - like the Riverkeeper and those who care about Clearwater (thank you, Pete Seeger) - we'd still have sludge and fecal matter floating by Manhattan. Now it's a different kind of threat. While it's not sewage, it's equally serious, if not more so. It's oil, it's nuclear and it's gas. Ignore for a moment that these are all wrong directions for our energy transition - as non-renewable, toxic and expensive fuels - ...
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Swiss blame governments for dirty fuel in Africa 19.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Lagos, Nigeria • Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for failing to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. “What is very clear is that the role of improving fuel quality in Africa clearly rests with African governments, not with the fuel suppliers,” the Geneva-based African Refiners Association representing many traders said in ...
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Voters on both sides increasingly see a Trump win as a possibility - and that may get more people to vote 19.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Campaign 2016 updates: A possible Trump win could get more people voting Sept. 19, 2016, 4:15 a.m. Hillary Clinton is set to appear Monday night on the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon after campaigning in Pennsylvania. Donald Trump campaigns in Florida.Voters might be more likely to cast a vote...
Toxic algae is in more than 40 California lakes, waterways 19.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toxic algae has shown up in more than 40 state lakes and waterways from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of California, the highest count in state history. Water agencies have been caught off guard by the growing extent of the algae, which is triggering health warnings, the closing of swim […]
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These Minneapolis Bicyclists Will Take You on a Spirited Tour -- Of Their Polluted Neighborhood 17.9.2016 Truthout.com
A gaggle of cyclists touring Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood is led by Jose Luis Villasenor, who is tugging a 1,200-watt speaker blaring Latin tunes. The group's energy is infectious. People from passing cars cheer on the cyclists or excitedly shout, "Who are you guys?" This is Villasenor's Toxic Bike Tour, a racially diverse mix of bicyclists coming together to check out environmental injustice in East Phillips. They ride past thick clouds of smoke and the diesel smell of idling trucks. Villasenor explains the health effects of arsenic and lead on residents. Villasenor is the executive director of Tamales y Bicicletas, an urban grassroots organization that mobilizes communities of color to take on environmental advocacy through sustainable cultural practices, like bicycling and growing traditional foods. Villasenor hopes his spirited tour will inspire people in his neighborhood to fight environmental injustice and health disparities. "I'm Mexicano, and when [the Latino community] talks about ...
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The DEA Didn't Talk To Kratom Users Before Pushing A Ban. Here's What They Would've Said. 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, Darvocet.” Deanna McNair, 36, pauses before ticking off the rest of the drugs she’s been prescribed for pain following a series of car accidents and subsequent surgeries. “Percocet, Opana, Norco, methadone,” she continues. “Not all at the same time, of course.” Then there are the muscle relaxers, antidepressants and medications McNair had to take just to treat the side effects of her other prescriptions. The panoply of pharmaceuticals was a necessity for McNair. Over a period of 13 years, she underwent five lumbar surgeries and one cervical surgery. Three vertebrae in her lower back are now fused, as is one in her neck. “The drugs helped with the pain, but not with getting back to life,” McNair said. “They make you loopy, they make you tired, they make you nod out when you’re taking them.” The prescription regimen left McNair unable to drive. She could no longer focus in class, so she put her education on hold. Despite being dependent on opioids for pain relief, McNair ...
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Shadow candidates: Who’s more transparent, Clinton or Trump? 16.9.2016 Philly.com News
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Scofield Reservoir reopens to boaters, anglers after toxic algal bloom 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Scofield Reservoir reopened Wednesday to boating and fishing after a toxic algal bloom closed the popular Carbon County lake for two weeks. The Southeastern Utah District Health Department determined that toxin levels for cyanobacteria ­— which can cause headache, diarrhea and vomiting if they come into contact with a body, and which are fatal if ingested — decreased enough to no longer pose a public health threat to on-water recreational users, such as boaters, according to a news release. It ...
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Should dating apps have HIV filters? 15.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
After uploading those carefully selected profile photos and writing a well-crafted personal bio for a dating app, you're now thinking, "What type of person am I actually looking for?"
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New E. coli cases reported, but no apparent link to the Matador 15.9.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

King County health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning at Memo’s Mexican Restaurant in Seattle, but they say it doesn’t appear to be linked to a previous outbreak at the Matador.
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Toxic chemicals hide in house dust 14.9.2016 CNN: Top Stories
When was the last time you dusted your house?
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Study: Household dust laced with toxic chemicals 14.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A new study, examining two dozen previous reports, finds that 90 percent of the household dust examined contained 10 toxic chemicals.
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Is Donald Trump Really Leading In Ohio? 14.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Three polls in Ohio show three very different results. Party identification in surveys can be  difficult to interpret. And the annual Census report on wages and poverty is good news for most Americans. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, September 14, 2016. NEW POLL SHOWS TRUMP LEADING BY 5 POINTS IN OHIO - John McCormick and Mark Niquette: “Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio, a gap that underscores the Democrat’s challenges in critical Rust Belt states after one of the roughest stretches of her campaign. The Republican nominee leads Clinton 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in a two-way contest and 44 percent to 39 percent when third-party candidates are included. The poll was taken Friday through Monday, as Clinton faced backlash for saying half of Trump supporters were a ‘ basket of deplorables ’ and amid renewed concerns about her health … Trump’s performance in the poll—including strength among men, independents, and union ...
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90% of house dust filled with toxic chemicals 14.9.2016 TreeHugger
Comprehensive study digs into house dust and finds many chemicals that are linked to serious health problems.
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Steamboat briefs: Emerald Trail work day open to community Saturday 14.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County Riders will lead a trail work day on Emerald Mountain from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Volunteers are needed to re-establish trails damaged from logging and they should meet at the Blackmere Drive gate at 9 a.m. Following the trail work, volunteers can enjoy lunch and beverages provided by New Belgium Brewing Company. Those who bring their bikes can ride down after. Tools will be provided, and volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, backpack, sunscreen, rain gear, cap and water. Volunteers can sign up at routtcountyriders.org/volunteer . Volunteers needed for 2016 ReTree Steamboat event Yampa Valley Sustainability Council invites community members to the annual ReTree Steamboat community tree-planting event at 9 a.m. Oct. 8. Volunteers of all ages are needed to plant native riparian species at the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area just south of Steamboat Springs on the Yampa River. The project will help restore wildlife habitat and prevent erosion. Lunch and ...
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