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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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Lead-poisoning settlement deals draw scrutiny, calls for reform 28.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Maryland lawmakers vowed Thursday to investigate and clamp down on companies that "buy" lawsuit settlements after learning that hundreds of lead-poisoning victims in Baltimore had signed away their court-approved rights to long-term financial support in return for quick cash worth only a ...
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Robbing the victims of lead paint poisoning 28.8.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
YOU KNOW there is something terribly wrong with an industry when even those who profit from it concede the need for stricter rules and more oversight. Such is the situation in Maryland’s little-regulated world of structured settlement buyouts. People terribly damaged in childhood by lead paint poisoning are being robbed of the compensation that is supposed to sustain them. State lawmakers need to enact true protections, and those who have been complicit in exploiting these vulnerable people, including judges who have enabled opportunistic businesses, should be held accountable. Read full article ...
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Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Florence Nightingale once wrote: "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists." In other words, where we live affects our health. That was well over 100 years ago. Still, the problem of unhealthy homes persists and disproportionately affects low-income kids and their futures. The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) will soon launch a new app that will allow families to conduct healthy home audits. Why? Because right now there are roughly 6 million substandard housing units nationwide, and low income persons are much more likely to live in them than their middle income peers. In fact, for low-income kids, lead poisoning is the leading cause of developmental delays, and asthma from mold and other pollutants accounts for 14 million missed school days and is the leading cause of absences for children ages five through seven -- kindergarten to second grade. We know that kids who miss three or more days a month -- that's at least 18 days a ...
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Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia! 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hold on to something,” Jim Tennant warned as he fired up his tractor. We lurched down a rutted dirt road past the old clapboard farmhouse where he grew up. Jim still calls it “the home place,” although its windows are now boarded up and the outhouse is crumbling into the field. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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How Safe Is Your Ground Beef? 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Two Companies Close In on a Concussion Blood Test 27.8.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

A pair of companies say they’ve identified proteins that could lead to a blood test to quickly diagnose concussions.

A blood test that could quickly detect a brain injury and measure the damage it has done could help doctors provide better care for the millions of people suffering from such injuries, potentially improving their chances of avoiding long-term disabilities.

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When a bald eagle hits your car 27.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Collisions between cars and the majestic national bird are more common than you might think. One such collision sparked a road trip to save the eagle.
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Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste 26.8.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON, D.C.  (August 26, 2015) – A coalition of environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment.
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Baby Sea Lions Are Dying 26.8.2015 Mother Jones
Sea lions have been having a rough couple of years. In 2013, starving pups began washing up on California beaches by the hundreds. This year, the number of stranded sea lions has increased dramatically. And now, a giant toxic algal bloom is growing in the Pacific and poisoning sea lions' sources of food. How bad has it gotten for these playful critters? We talked to wildlife experts to find out more about how much danger they're in and what's in store for their future: What's going on here? What's causing sea lions to get so sick? An unusually warm pocket of water in the Pacific , dubbed " the blob ," has rocked the sea lions' environment on the Pacific coast. The anchovies, hake, squid, and shell fish that sea lions eat have been moving farther away to find nutrient-rich cold waters. While adult sea lions have been adapting and going longer distances to find food, pups and yearlings don't have the strength to swim far enough or dive deep enough. Instead, young sea lions have been washing up on shore. ...
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How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks 26.8.2015 Washington Post
BALTIMORE CITY — The letter arrived in April last year, a mishmash of strange numbers and words. This at first did not alarm Rose. Most letters are that way for her — frustrating puzzles she can’t solve. Rose, who can scarcely read or write, calls herself a “lead kid.” Her childhood home, where lead paint chips blanketed her bedsheets like snowflakes, “affected me really bad,” she says. “In everything I do.”Read full article ...
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Tackling Climate Change Boosts Economic Growth 25.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Too often the debate among policymakers rests upon a false dichotomy between choosing economic growth or environmental sustainability. What initially comes to mind when I think of this manufactured dichotomy is the doomsday 1972 book 'The Limits to Growth' which highlights how sustaining current developments with finite resources would lead to disaster. The 'regulation kills growth' mindset is especially destructive at a time when the focus within public policy should be on combining economic growth with environmental sustainability, as advocated by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs who argues that , "today's mounting threats cannot be covered up. The Age of Sustainable Development must be built on openness, participation, and science." This sentiment is gaining traction as policymakers look to the Paris Conference in December where 196 countries will meet to sign a critical new climate change agreement. As part of an overarching goal to stabilize and reduce greenhouse gases to less than 2 degrees Celsius ...
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Thirty Miles From Selma, a Different Kind of Civil Rights Struggle 25.8.2015 Truthout.com
Also see: Environmental Racism Persists, and the EPA Is One Reason Why Uniontown, Alabama - As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground. A landfill owner that staked out roughly 1,000 acres for Alabama's biggest municipal-waste site on a county road dotted by well-worn homes. A county commission that approved the landfill over objections from a largely African-American neighborhood. And a state agency that issued operating permits time and again. "If this had been a rich, white neighborhood, the landfill would never have gotten here," said Calhoun, whose sharecropper and slave ancestors toiled on local plantations, explaining why so many of her fellow citizens view the facility as discriminatory. "They put it here because we're a poor, black community," she said. "They knew we couldn't fight back." In the last decade, little has roused this town in the heart of Alabama's "black belt," 30 miles west of Selma, like the ...
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Analysis Highlights Fracking Risks Ahead of Sacramento Hearing 25.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Merger of health insurers lead to big payday for execs 24.8.2015 Philly.com News
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State's Exide cleanup pace stirs ire among residents in southeast L.A. County 21.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Furious residents reacted with deep skepticism Thursday as state environmental regulators revealed a plan to use $7 million in state money to quickly expand testing and cleanup of lead-contaminated properties surrounding a closed battery recycling plant in Vernon.
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Seattle City Council candidates give their take on crime, public safety 21.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Editor’s note: As the general election draws closer, The Seattle Times opinion page is reaching out to candidates around our region to get their take on the issues that matter most to voters. In our ongoing reader survey, crime continues to be a popular concern for voters across Seattle’s seven City Council districts. (Housing was […]
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Toxic Chemicals Taint The 'Best Possible' Food For Babies 21.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nature created the perfect food for a growing baby. A mother's breast milk is chock full of the essential vitamins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates needed to best build the brain, fight infection and resist chronic disease. But as new research published on Thursday reminds us, a mother's milk today also contains a cocktail of industrial chemicals. "It's really an absurd situation that women who are breastfeeding have to think about what chemical exposures they might contribute to their child," said Philippe Grandjean, an environmental health expert at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and author of the study. "Breast milk is supposed to be the best possible nutrition for the infant." And it still is, Grandjean and other experts emphasize. It's just less pure and healthy than nature intended -- and than we previously believed. Researchers have already found that a number of fat-loving chemicals can hitch rides into newborns via breast milk. Flame retardants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ...
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Scott Walker leads GOP rivals in Wisconsin, but trails Clinton in poll 21.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Gov. Scott Walker leads other Republican presidential candidates in his home state of Wisconsin but trails Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton there in a potential general election matchup, according to the first statewide poll since Walker announced his ...
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