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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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Chemical industry fights for flame retardants 29.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American ...
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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions 29.8.2014 NPR News
A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
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Tagging toxics: Legislation green lights labeling of harmful chemicals in household furniture 28.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Veena Singla, Staff Scientist, Health Program, San Francisco: Today, the California legislature voted to give consumers the right to know whether they are bringing home a toxic couch. This first-in-the nation legislation (SB 1019), authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), requires the furniture’s attached label to clearly...
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Only a 2-month wait, down from 28 years: New EPA risk assessments find paint stripper chemicals pose significant health risks 28.8.2014 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.  In June, I blogged about the first final risk assessment EPA had issued in 28 years using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  Happily, we only had to wait two months for EPA’s TSCA office to issue final risk […]
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Change Of Habit: How Seattle Cops Fought An Addiction To Locking Up Drug Users 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jeremy Bradford and a friend were walking through downtown Seattle one summer night in 2011, looking for a place where they could share the contents of the baggie in Bradford’s pocket, when they ran into a man who told them about a spot under the freeway. A narrow trail led through a thicket of blackberry brambles to a small clearing. Eight or nine people were sitting around on salvaged chairs and mattresses, smoking cigarettes and talking. Bradford didn’t feel like he belonged there. “You have two types of people in the crack world -- crackheads and smokers,” he said. He still thought of himself as a smoker, someone with too much self-respect to live in the weeds under a highway. But there he was. He took a seat on a mattress, held a flame to the end of a thin glass tube and inhaled. In another life, Bradford supervised 13 soldiers as a corporal in the Marines, and later sold good suits in the men’s section of a department store. He was “a preppy black guy in Armani,” he said, a man who took pride in ...
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Medical regulators to investigate risky psych drug prescribing to California foster youth 28.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
With pressure on California's foster care system to curb the rampant use of powerful psych meds on foster kids, concern is mounting about the doctors behind the questionable prescribing.
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Defang Agriculture 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At the end of book XXII of Homer's "Odyssey," we read that Odysseus fumigated his house with sulphur. This was sometimes in the 1200s BCE. More than three thousand years later, in the 1950s and 1960s, my father used sulphur to protect his grape vines from disease. Thus "pesticides" have a long history. But despite my vague knowledge of my father's rare use of sulphur in his small farm in Greece, I never thought about pesticides. They were things one used in emergencies. All this changed dramatically when I joined the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1979. My position was with the very organization that "regulates" pesticides in America, EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs. My colleagues made it easy for me to learn quickly. They explained what they did and gave me samples of their written work. Talking to my colleagues and reading their papers opened the secret world of pesticides to me. Many modern pesticides are chemicals from chlorine and petroleum. Pesticides received a tremendous boost from ...
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These chemical initiatives deserve your support 27.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Toxins and super pollutants don't have to be business as usual. Here are two ways to get rid of them.

These chemical initiatives deserve your support
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Reading, Writing, and ...Toxic Pesticides? 27.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco: Parents worry about plenty of things when they send their kids to school: first- day jitters, making friends, bullying … But exposure to toxic chemicals isn’t usually on the list of “back to school” worries. Perhaps it should be, though....
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Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian govt using poison gas: U.N. 27.8.2014 Iraq
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies. The Sunni militants, who are bringing weapons from Iraq, have changed the power balance in Syria, consolidating control over large areas and establishing order by imposing harsh sharia law, the U.N. said in its latest report. "Children have been present at the executions, which take the form of beheading or shooting in the head at close range... Bodies are placed on public display, often on crucifixes, for up to three days, serving as a warning to local residents." The independent investigators voiced deep concern about boys forced to join the ranks of Islamic States who are being trained in camps in Syria that could be targeted by U.S.
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Fanning the Flames With Fire Retardants 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a reckless, "hope-for-the-best" approach that puts us all at risk, U.S. policy allows the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment -- before their potentially devastating impacts have been adequately evaluated. Multiple Senate bills to fix this toxic system over the past decade have been snuffed out . On July 24, 2014, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a bill, the "Protecting American Families from Toxic Chemicals Act" ( S. 2656 ), which would ban a number of "persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic" synthetic chemicals such as brominated fire (or flame) retardants (BFRs). BFRs are chemicals used to reduce the flammability of consumer products. In the early 1970s, the increasing use of flammable materials such as plastics, synthetic fibers and polyurethane foam led to the widespread use of BFRs. BFRs are added to couches and upholstered chairs; mattresses, pads and futons; carpet padding; fabrics; electronics; building materials; and children's products such as booster seats, ...
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Nuclear Waste Storage Decision Poses Long-Term Public Health Risks 26.8.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (August 26, 2014) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today approved a controversial new rule and Environmental Impact Statement regarding nuclear waste that could pose long-term risks to public health and the environment.  
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Healthcare.Gov Recruits Leader Of Successful Connecticut Effort 26.8.2014 NPR: Healthcare
The question will be if Kevin Counihan can replicate his success in Connecticut with the federal health exchange, which was plagued with problems. The goal: A smoother Year Two for Obamacare.
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U.S. names Connecticut official to lead federal Obamacare marketplace 26.8.2014 Yahoo: Politics
The Obama administration on Tuesday named the head of Connecticut's state health exchange, Kevin Counihan, to oversee the federal marketplace that provides subsidized private health insurance to consumers in 36 states under Obamacare. In a move that administration officials billed as an effort to bring new accountability to the federal operation, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Counihan would oversee federal marketplace operations as well as insurance regulation in the new post of chief executive officer. His appointment comes less than a year after the botched rollout of the federal marketplace enrollment portal, HealthCare.gov, which crashed during its launch on Oct. 1, 2013, plunging President Barack Obama's healthcare law into a political crisis for months. By contrast, Counihan oversaw the successful launch of the Connecticut's health insurance exchange, Access Health CT.
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Tuna Gets Snagged in Food Safety Tug-of-War 24.8.2014 Terrorism
Consumer alert: Pregnant women should avoid eating tuna, including tuna salad sandwiches, sushi, and grilled tuna steaks, a new study from Consumer Reports says. “We’re particularly concerned about canned tuna, which is second only to shrimp as the most commonly eaten seafood in the U.S.,” Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said in a statement. “We encourage pregnant women to avoid all tuna.” The report released Thursday takes strong exception to previous advisories from the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency that tuna eaten in moderation does not pose a health ...
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Internal Affairs: Despite Nora Campos' tweet, Regional Medical Center isn't on verge of closing 24.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Politics
We did a double-take last week when @NCamposAssembly -- that's Nora Campos, the Democratic Assembly speaker pro tempore from San Jose -- tweeted this: "Co-authoring important bill to keep Regional Med Center open, the only hospital serving Downtown & East San Jose.
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Levels of Air Toxics decreasing across US Cities 23.8.2014 Environmental News Network
More and more people are living in our cities. They are great places to live, exciting, good jobs, great night life, but also sometimes congestion and unhealthy air quality. The latter problems are improving, however. Efforts to make cities livable without driving are paying off. Bike lanes, bike sharing, and efforts to reduce auto traffic and congestion are helping to improve the air quality in our cities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week released its Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress - the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. "This report gives everyone fighting for clean air a lot to be proud of because for more than 40 years we have been protecting Americans – preventing illness and improving our quality ...
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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Mercury News editorial: California over-drugs --and fails --foster youth 23.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
Will Lightbourne, head of California's Department of Social Services, says there's no simple way to end the pattern of thousands of foster children spending much of their youth drugged into malleability -- the horror eloquently revealed by reporter Karen de Sá on Sunday's Page One.
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