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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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Bald eagle found in Bucks County dies from suspected lead poisoning 22.2.2017 Philly.com News
Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison 22.2.2017 Washington Post: World
The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea’s ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a top North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.
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Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish 21.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According to the conclusions of another Spanish study, mercury exposure is linked to reduced foetal and placental growth in pregnant women.The presence of the toxic metal mercury in the environment comes from natural sources, however, in the last decades industrial waste has caused an increase in concentrations of the metal in some areas of the sea. In the food chain, mercury can be diluted either in organic form as methylmercury (MeHg+) or as an inorganic salt, the cation Hg2+.
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The Daily 202: Trump’s new national security adviser literally wrote the book on Vietnam 21.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
H.R. McMaster focused on ‘the lies that led to Vietnam’
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PHOTOS: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Protest 21.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Hundreds gathered and marched to rally support for the upcoming court hearing on fracking and climate change during a protest at the Colorado Capitol Building on Feb. 20, 2017 in Denver.
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Lead ammunition poisons wildlife but too expensive to change, hunters say 20.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.
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Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say 20.2.2017 NPR News
Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.
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London coughing through winter as air pollution makes people sick 19.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

London is choking from record levels of pollution, much of it caused by diesel cars and trucks.
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Trump's Pick To Lead Health Agency Calls EpiPen Issue 'Disturbing' 18.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to lead an important health agency said on Thursday that the way pharmaceutical companies classify products as generic or branded needs to be reviewed in order to help hold down government spending, as she cited Mylan NV’s EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. Seema Verma, Trump’s nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), did not answer questions about whether the U.S. government should negotiate with pharmaceutical companies over drug prices. “I think what happened with ... the EpiPen issue is very disturbing,” Verma said at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. “The idea that perhaps Medicaid programs, which are struggling to pay for those programs, that they could have potentially received rebates is disturbing to me.” Mylan has been criticized for listing EpiPen with Medicaid as a generic product even though it listed it with the Food and Drug Administration as a branded product. The classification led to Mylan’s ...
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Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote" 17.2.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Senate Rams Through Pruitt Confirmation in "Irresponsible Rush Vote"
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The Daily 202: The price of loyalty to Trump is high and rising 17.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
President puts enforcers at agencies, won’t let secretaries choose their own senior staff
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Environmental And Health Justice Intersect for Healthy Black Futures 17.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Creating healthy Black futures requires attention and action to protect the environment in the spaces we call home. The environment greatly influences health status and outcomes, especially for communities of color where many are already overburdened by experiences of injustice that have health, social, and economic consequences. For a healthy future, we need environmental practices and health policies that strengthen our ability to be and stay healthy.    Unfortunately, the current political climate doesn’t bode well for the environment or our health. In the first two weeks of this new U.S. presidential administration alone, Trump has advocated for the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward, lead the ongoing Republican denial of climate change, met with pro–land transfer groups who advocate selling federal land currently used for public purposes, and attempted to silence and halt the normal activities of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies tasked with protecting and promoting ...
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Botched tests lead to retesting for Zika in nation’s capital 17.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 400 people in the District of Columbia who were told last year they didn’t have the Zika virus are being retested because of a human error in the testing process, federal and city officials said Thursday, and two pregnant women were told after subsequent tests that they may have had […]
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Nearly 800 Former EPA Staffers Sign Letter Opposing Scott Pruitt 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hundreds of former Environmental Protection Agency officials have signed a letter in protest of Scott Pruitt’s nearing confirmation as EPA Administrator.  The letter, put together by the nonprofit group Environmental Integrity Project, was signed by 773 former EPA staffers, including scientists, engineers and attorneys. The EIP sent the letter to the Senate, where members could confirm Pruitt as early as Friday, the organization said in a statement.  “Pruitt, a close ally of the oil and gas industry, has made a career of suing EPA and attacking the idea of federal action to reduce pollution – while simultaneously failing to enforce environmental laws in his own state and shutting down the Environmental Protection Unit in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office,” the EIP said in the statement. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times . He is a climate change denier whose own LinkedIn page refers to himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” In a ...
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Robert De Niro Joins Robert Kennedy Jr. On Panel Questioning Safety Of Vaccines 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Robert De Niro joined World Mercury Project chairman Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for a panel regarding vaccines  in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The actor participated in the panel, which promoted discredited claims surrounding vaccination , including the misconceptions that vaccines can cause autism and that high levels of mercury in immunizations can make kids sick. (Last year,  De Niro revealed that his son  Elliot has autism.) Both claims have been disproven. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states,  there is no link between vaccines and autism . There are also  plenty of studies  and articles that support this fact. As for the mercury ― specifically thimerosal ― it is no longer used in children’s vaccines , and it hasn’t been since 2001. (The inactivated flu-vaccine is an exception, as Vox points out.) While onstage, Kennedy said that vaccines have “caused the autism epidemic” and blamed journalists and the government for hiding the real truth about vaccine safety, according to ...
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Wording on abortion yanked from Utah telemedicine bill 15.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
In an effort to prevent a “great” telehealth measure from getting mired in potential lawsuits, Sen. Brian Shiozawa prompted a legislative panel Tuesday to strip out prohibitive wording on abortion. “We need this telehealth bill,” said Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights. This move “is not pro-choice or pro-life, I want to take that off the table.” HB154, sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, largely deals with reimbursement models for physicians using telecommunications to deliver health care r...
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People Show Their Love For The EPA With Thousands Of Valentines 15.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump may not be too fond  of the Environmental Protection Agency , but it’s clear that plenty of other people are pretty sweet on it. On Thursday, environmental group Stand.earth encouraged the public to send e-Valentines to EPA staffers as a show of support in these trying times for the agency. “Times are real tough at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) right now,” Stand.earth wrote. “Climate deniers ― Doug Ericksen and Scott Pruitt ― are running the show while people who’ve dedicated their lives to protecting the environment, and human health are being silenced. Show EPA staffers you care.” The call-out netted “thousands” of notes, many of which Stand.earth published Tuesday. Here are just a few: “We’re still watching, listening, and paying attention. We still care.” “At least a quarter-billion people in this country want EPA to keep doing what it’s always done. We hope you’ll thwart what Trump tries to do. We’ll give you all the support we can!” “Stand strong. Stand together. ...
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RSA Conference: New ransomware could poison your town's water supply if you don't pay up 14.2.2017 Yahoo: Business

RSA Conference: New ransomware could poison your town's water supply if you don't pay upResearchers at Georgia Tech have created a new form of ransomware specifically to target industrial systems, that disrupted a simulated water treatment plant.


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Architect shapes nation's view of African American history 14.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Durham, N.C. • The National Museum of African American History and Culture was a long time coming, but for architect Phil Freelon it was right on time. “It seems like I was preparing for that my whole life,” Freelon said in an interview at his office in Durham. “It came along at a time when I was prepared. If it had come online 10 years earlier, I think the Smithsonian might have considered me too young or not as experienced.” Freelon, 63, was principal architect for the museum, which opened to ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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