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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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Poisonings went hand in hand with the drinking water in Pompeii 17.8.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
The ancient Romans were famous for their advanced water supply. But the drinking water in the pipelines was probably poisoned on a scale that may have led to daily problems with vomiting, diarrhoea, and liver and kidney damage. This is the finding of analyses of water pipe from Pompeii.- The concentrations were high and were definitely problematic for the ancient Romans. Their drinking water must have been decidedly hazardous to health.
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Fatty acids lower your risk of heart disease. Without fish, you’re missing out. 17.8.2017 Washington Post
Fatty acids lower your risk of heart disease. Without fish, you’re missing out.
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Two Denver jail sergeants fired for failing to report intoxicated co-worker 17.8.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Two Denver Sheriff Department sergeants were fired for failing to report an intoxicated co-worker and then being dishonest about it, and critics say the case shows more inconsistency in deputy discipline.
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Father and son first responders die less than a year apart from cancer linked to 9/11 recovery 17.8.2017 Washington Post
Father and son first responders die less than a year apart from cancer linked to 9/11 recovery
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Wildlife officials determine bald eagle had lead poisoning 15.8.2017 Seattle Times: Local

APOLLO, Pa. — Pennsylvania wildlife officials say a bald eagle that is suffering from lead poisoning is in guarded condition. The bird was letting people get close to it on a wildlife trail near Apollo over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports it was taken to a wildlife center in Saegertown, where blood tests confirmed […]
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Discolored water showing up in Montgomery, Prince George’s. Yechhh. 15.8.2017 Washington Post
Discolored water showing up in Montgomery, Prince George’s. Yechhh.
Pregnant women addicted to opioids face tough choices seeking treatment 14.8.2017 Washington Post
Many fear that getting help to break their addiction could lead to trouble with law enforcement, harm to their baby, or loss of custody.
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Big Tobacco’s new cigarette is sleek and smokeless, but is it any better for you? 12.8.2017 Washington Post
Philip Morris says that by gently heating instead of burning tobacco, its innovation eradicates 90 to 95 percent of toxic compounds in cigarette smoke. But experts doubt the motive and the science behind the new technology.
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From Alaska To Florida, States Respond To Opioid Crisis With Emergency Declarations 12.8.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
President Trump announced Thursday that his administration plans to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic. Six states have already taken this step.
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47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of Two Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes 10.8.2017 NPR: Healthcare
These two older drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol, are frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations and have no direct alternatives, say cardiologists.
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Exposure to toxins in e-cig vapor varies depending on scenario 9.8.2017 Environmental News Network
E-cigarettes are often perceived to be less harmful than their traditional counterparts, but they could still expose the people who “vape” and those around them to harmful compounds. Researchers now report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology that heavy use and secondhand emissions could lead to inhaled levels of toxins that exceed set exposure limits. But under typical use, secondhand exposure would have a lower impact on health than second- and third-hand cigarette smoke.
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Under Trump, Environmental Justice Policy Ignores an Entire Section of the Population 9.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Janine Jackson: The story of Flint, Michigan's water is far from over. The state attorney general has brought  involuntary manslaughter charges  against five officials so far, for waiting a year to tell the largely African-American community about an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, believed to have killed at least 12 people, and for deflecting scrutiny of the outbreak, which, along with lead levels that in some cases qualified the city's water as toxic waste, was linked to the failure to take anti-corrosion measures when the city switched water sources. That was on the watch of Flint's then -- emergency manager Darnell Earley, who faces charges along with Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and others. The case has issues. The AG says he wasn't able to interview Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, for example, who Earley answered to, after all, but it's still a perhaps unprecedented effort to hold state officials accountable for failing to protect the public. That said, if systemic problems could be ...
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The Daily 202: The GOP congressional majority may be too strong for Trump to break 9.8.2017 Washington Post
The Daily 202: The GOP congressional majority may be too strong for Trump to break
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Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn't California tougher on these polluters? 9.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat to public health in your neighborhood?

We’d all like to think so, but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless...

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"Cruel and Unusual": Texas Prisoners Face Deadly Heat and Contaminated Water 8.8.2017 Truthout.com
Deadly heat, unsafe water, black mold and cockroaches plague prisoners at many Texas prisons. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) While the people who run Texas's prisons sit in air-conditioned offices and sip bottled water, the state's prisoners are subjected to deadly summer heat, toxic drinking water, black mold and cockroaches in their cells, say prisoners at the Eastham Unit who have filed suits contending cruel and unusual punishment. Deadly heat, unsafe water, black mold and cockroaches plague prisoners at many Texas prisons. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout ) This story is the fifth piece in "America's Toxic Prisons," an investigative, collaborative series between Truthout and Earth Island Journal. This series dives deeply into the intersection between mass incarceration and environmental justice. As a  federal judge ordered  the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to cool down one of its prison units for the sake of its elderly and sick residents' health, plaintiffs at another Texas ...
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What one minute of running a day can do for your body 8.8.2017 TreeHugger
Just a single minute of exercise each day for women is linked to benefits including a reduced risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures in older age.
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New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters 8.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.

The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as Paramount, Boyle Heights and Maywood...

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Baltimore enlists doulas to help bring down infant mortality rate 8.8.2017 Washington Post
Baltimore enlists doulas to help bring down infant mortality rate
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EPA’s announced changes to new chemicals review process put industry demands for ready market access above public health protection 8.8.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Last year’s Lautenberg Act, which overhauled the badly broken Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), made fundamental changes intended to improve EPA’s review of new chemicals prior to their commercialization, by requiring more scrutiny of those chemicals to better ensure they are safe.  Until recently, the Environmental Protection Agency […]
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