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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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Concern mounting over Prime Healthcare pursuit of Bay Area hospitals 26.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
A controversial Southern California-based hospital chain that buys financially struggling hospitals has surfaced as a bidder for the beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System, which operates four Bay Area hospitals that serve the poor. But the overture concerns local hospital employee unions.
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Mercury News editorial: Sustain the mission of O'Connor and Saint Louise hospitals 26.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
A sale of the two hospitals to the for-profit, Southern California-based Prime Health Care Services is not in the best interests of Santa Clara County
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New Zealand 100% Pure: Shattering the Illusion of Green, Clean & Pristine 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Soon after my article, The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The "Con" in Conservation was published by Huff Post in January, I began to receive emails from New Zealand. After my second article was published in May, more emails followed and I began a dialogue with many concerned and angry people in New Zealand who were unhappy with the government campaign to eradicate invasives with poison. One Kiwi I connected with was Clyde Graf from Hamilton, New Zealand. Clyde serves as Councillor, Thames-Coromandel General Constituency and is Chair of the Environmental Performance Committee for Waikato Regional Council. In addition, Clyde is an outdoorsman, conservationist and filmmaker, and is one half of The Graf Boys. Along with his brother Steve, Clyde has documented the wide range of animals and birds poisoned in the forests of New Zealand, providing graphic evidence of the war that the government of New Zealand has declared against its own environment, and, by extension, the people who rely on the ...
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Wisconsin lead paint lawsuit revived by federal court 25.7.2014 Twincities.com: Local

A federal appeals court has revived a lead paint lawsuit in Wisconsin, which could also reactivate more than 170 other lead poisoning cases that have been on hold pending the outcome of court's decision.

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Big Polluters Cry Wolf over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change 25.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City: Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants.  The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers...
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Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants. The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers will talk about the challenges of raising crops in the face of extreme weather. And governors and mayors will describe the benefits of attracting clean energy investment to their communities. Many people will testify in favor of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. This should come as no surprise considering 7 in 10 Americans view global warming as a serious problem and want the federal government to reduce the pollution that causes it, according to a recent ABC News poll . But the hearings will also attract another group of speakers: representatives from the American Coal Council, Americans for Prosperity, and other dirty industries. These big polluters oppose the EPA's effort to rein in the largest source of carbon pollution in our nation. They would ...
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Federal appeals court reinstates Wisconsin lead paint lawsuit, could reopen hundreds of cases 25.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Federal appeals court reinstates Wisconsin lead paint lawsuit 25.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway? 24.7.2014 Mother Jones
On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died. Nevertheless, it took five days for the Environmental Protection Agency and its Ohio counterpart to get a full list of the chemicals polluting the waterway. "We knew there was something toxic in the water," says an environmental official who was on the scene. "But we had no way of assessing whether it was a threat to human health or how best to protect the public." This episode highlights a glaring gap in fracking safety standards. In Ohio, as in most other states, fracking companies are allowed to withhold some information about the chemical stew they pump into the ground to break up rocks and release trapped natural gas. The oil and gas industry and its allies at the American ...
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July 25 Readers' letters: U.S. shot down plane, Obama fundraising called out, health insurance rulings 24.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Letters
Letters from Mercury News readers
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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Xxxx 24.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law.
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Biz Break: Gilead raking in massive cash from hepatitis C drug Sovaldi 24.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: 60-Second BizBreak
Today: Gilead's expensive, breakthrough hepatitis drug gives a huge boost to profits and revenues. Also: Facebook stock moves to record highs after earnings.
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Chief Ebola doctor catches deadly disease 24.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: World
Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.
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Puma Biotech soars on positive breast cancer drug results 24.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Business
Puma Biotechnology' stock soared Wednesday after the company reported positive trial results for its breast cancer drug, positioning the company as a potential takeover target.
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Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors 23.7.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
As a nationwide blood shortage looms, The American Red Cross is pleaing for donations. Find out where you can donate in ...
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow suffering from degenerative muscle disease 23.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Mike Krukow's condition is not life-threatening, but the San Francisco Giants' radio/TV voice said the disease, diagnosed eight years ago, will force him to possibly use a scooter as he gets older.
University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town 23.7.2014 NPR News
A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.
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U.S. troops in Afghanistan sent waste to open burn pits, report finds 22.7.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Although the U.S. has spent millions to build incinerators in Afghanistan to avoid exposing anyone to toxic smoke from open burning, American troops sent waste to an Afghan-operated open pit for five months last year, according to an inspector general’s report issued late Monday.
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Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch? 22.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SEATTLE -- Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs. "I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza . "Their main concern is protecting their loved ones from exposure to toxic chemicals." EcoBalanza's six-person workforce prides itself on not using any formaldehyde or other synthetic materials commonly found in furniture. But these days, many of Robinson's customers have one particular chemical threat on the brain, flame retardants -- which is an additive EcoBalanza also avoids. A newly crafted EcoBalanza chair sits inside the Seattle facility. (Photo: Lynne Peeples) They're not alone in their concern. The once-obscure issue has found its way on to HBO and the front pages of major newspapers . For the growing number of consumers worried about the potential health hazards of upholstered foam furniture treated with flame retardants, options like ...
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