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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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Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa 6.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act reveal how years of accidents and neglect at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa have been polluting local land and water with hazardous chemicals including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos and dioxin. Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia. Equipped with two 3.7 kilometer runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base and its adjoining arsenal at Chibana sprawl across 46 square kilometers of Okinawa's main island. Approximately 20,000 American service members, contractors and their families live or work here alongside 3,000 Japanese employees. More than 16,000 Okinawans own the land upon which the installation sits. Kadena Air Base hosts the biggest combat wing in the USAF -- the 18th Wing -- and, during the past seven decades, the installation has served as an important launch pad for wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Given the long ...
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Longtime lead poisoning in boy, 16, traced to sheepskin rugs 6.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A 16-year-old Central Washington boy was exposed to high levels of lead from a strange source: sheepskin rugs he slept with at night. State health and environment officials helped unravel the mystery.
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E-cigs' effect on public health an open question 6.5.2016 LA Times: Science

E-cigarettes help smokers cut back on or kick their deadly habit--or they feed the addiction. They act as a gateway to smoking with seductive flavorings and safety claims--or they divert a generation of would-be smokers from the dangers of burned tobacco.

They reduce nonsmokers' involuntary exposure...

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No child should be exposed to hazardous substances, says Human Rights Watch 5.5.2016 TreeHugger
Children's rights are consistently violated in the context of environmental pollution, which is why Human Rights Watch has submitted a report with a loud and clear message to the United Nations. It's time to take action.
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EPA’s lead-in-water rule has been faulted for decades. Will Flint hasten a change? 5.5.2016 Washington Post
EPA’s lead-in-water rule has been faulted for decades. Will Flint hasten a change?
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House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars 5.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vape away. Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules […]
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Household waste collections start Thursday 5.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake County Health Department will collect electronics, pharmaceutical and household hazardous wastes from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. Electronics include computer equipment, cell phones, televisions and stereo equipment, said health department spokeswoman Pamela Davenport. The household hazardous waste category is broad, she added, involving “anything poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic.” That includes hard-care chemicals, pesticides, fuels, p... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Michigan Senate OKs $144 million more for Flint water crisis 4.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate has approved spending another $144 million to address the water crisis in Flint, where residents have to use faucet filters or bottled water because of lead contamination. The emergency aid legislation that passed 34-3 Tuesday next goes to the House for consideration. It is the fourth round of […]
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Amid water crisis, Obama prepares to visit Flint, Mich. 4.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
He's there to check in on federal efforts to help the city's residents after dangerous levels of lead in tap water were discovered last year.
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What President Obama Needs To Do in Flint 4.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Curt Guyette

Today, President Barack Obama visits Flint, Michigan. To write about what he will be seeing in the town whose water was poisoned through government mismanagement and neglect, Moyers and Company turned to Curt Guyette, a reporter whose initially lonely investigations of the scandal was recognized in New York City on Tuesday by the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

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Amid Water Crisis, Obama Prepares To Visit Flint, Mich. 4.5.2016 NPR News
He's there to check in on federal efforts to help the Michigan city's residents after dangerous levels of lead in tap water were discovered last year.
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Obama to visit Flint today 4.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
President Barack Obama will hear first-hand Wednesday how residents of Flint, Michigan, have endured their city's water crisis, traveling there as a reassurance that the federal government isn't ignoring the community's plight.
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The Daily 202: After Trump's Indiana romp, anti-Trump Republicans consider their options, including voting for Hillary Clinton 4.5.2016 Washington Post
The Daily 202: After Trump's Indiana romp, anti-Trump Republicans consider their options, including voting for Hillary Clinton
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Educators In Flint Step Up Efforts To Reach Youngest Victims Of Tainted Water 4.5.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
Thousands of kids in Flint who have been exposed to high levels of lead are at risk of major behavioral and cognitive problems. But early education intervention can help mitigate these effects.
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Obama’s visit to Flint sparks political finger-pointing 4.5.2016 Washington Post: Politics
The president wades into a city’s water crisis even as the scandal continues to unfold.
Perkins + Will's Seattle office is designed to be toxin-free 4.5.2016 TreeHugger
Which really, is how every building and office should be designed.
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Significant contamination at 3,900 fracking spill sites in North Dakota alone 3.5.2016 TreeHugger
Lead, salt and radioactive radium, these are just some of the yummy things you'll find in water and soil in and around fracking sites in North Dakota.
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Gov. Inslee directs health officials to step up focus on lead risks 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Washington health officials will review the state’s screening for and response to potential lead poisoning in water supplies and other sources, following a directive issued Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
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Inslee orders steps to reduce lead exposure in state 3.5.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered a review of an unenforced and unfunded rule requiring schools to test water for lead following a week where unsafe levels of the toxic chemical were found in the drinking water at 13 Tacoma schools....
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