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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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The Daily 202: Will Trump deliver the unifying inaugural address that his aides keep promising? 19.1.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Still sniping at ‘haters’ on eve of inauguration, he benefits from low expectations
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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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The Trump Transition: Questions on Cabinet nominees 19.1.2017 Washington Post
The Trump Transition: Questions on Cabinet nominees
Scott Pruitt vs. Science 19.1.2017 Mother Jones
Outside Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the hall was packed with demonstrators. Some were Standing Rock activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Others were wearing face masks to make a point about Pruitt's polluter allies. Many environmentalists argue that Pruitt is simply too deep in the pocket of the oil and gas industry to make his EPA anything but a farce when it comes to science. Inside the hearing, Pruitt at times seemed to bolster that case. Throughout the morning, he hedged on the basic science on a range of issues under the EPA's purview, faltering even when it came to the most well-established impacts of pollution. On climate change, Pruitt claimed there's more scientific controversy than there really is. He acknowledged that global warming is not a "hoax" and that humans have at least some impact on the climate. But, he added, "the ability to measure and pursue the degree and the extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject ...
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Trump's EPA Pick Hasn't "Looked at the Scientific Research" on Lead Poisoning 18.1.2017 Mother Jones
Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Wednesday that he isn't familiar with basic science on the health effects of lead. At his confirmation hearing, Scott Pruitt was asked by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md) whether he believes there is any safe level of lead in the human body. "That's something I have not reviewed nor know about," Pruitt responded. He went on to say that he would be "very concerned about any level of lead" in drinking water or human consumption but added that he had "not looked at the scientific research on that." You can watch the video here . It's heartening to know that Pruitt is concerned about lead poisoning. But his lack of familiarity with research on the issue is surprising for someone who is seeking to run the nation's top environmental regulatory body. After all, the science on the issue is clear: According to the Centers for Disease Control , "No safe blood lead level in children has been identified." The EPA itself agrees , stating that "there ...
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Northwestern to co-lead immunotherapy drug trial for rare cancers 18.1.2017 Chicago Tribune: Business
In recent years, doctors and patients increasingly have turned to a new type of cancer treatment that uses the body's own immune system to battle the disease. Now, Northwestern Medicine is taking that fight up a notch, co-leading a national trial to test an immunotherapy drug combination on ...
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Scott Pruitt is a Dangerous Pick to Lead the EPA 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Almost half a century ago, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency banned the deadly pesticide DDT . He not only protected millions of Americans from DDT's harmful effects, but also rescued the national bird, the bald eagle, from near extinction. The National Audubon Society and its members helped lead that epic change. The primary job of the EPA-created 47 years ago by a Republican administration-is to safeguard America's health. The same clean air and water that is good for our kids and families is also good for birds, wildlife and wild places. That is why Audubon opposes Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the agency , the first time in the agency's history we have taken this kind of stance on a nominee for this position. During his six years as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt worked aggressively to dismantle the EPA's scientifically grounded protections for cleaner air and water. He filed or joined 13 lawsuits against EPA and settled even more against polluters that would permit ...
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Betsy DeVos faces Senate committee, though her ethics review is not yet complete 18.1.2017 Washington Post
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department is expected to experience an unusually contentious confirmation hearing.
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Majority of Superior shipyard workers test positive for lead 17.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Health officials say more than 200 workers tested for lead exposure at a Superior shipyard had elevated levels of lead in their blood.
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From Twitter To Treatment Guidelines, Industry Influence Permeates Medicine 17.1.2017 NPR News
Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The way we think about disease "is being subtly distorted" by financial ties, the authors of an accompanying editorial write.
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Scott Pruitt Has Sued The Environmental Protection Agency 13 Times. Now He Wants To Lead It. 17.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his hostility toward the Environmental Protection Agency. He has repeatedly called for its elimination, telling Fox News in 2015 that the environment would be just “fine” without it . Activists say Trump has followed through on those threats in nominating Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, a man who has sued the agency 13 times  as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Pruitt, a climate change denier with close ties to the fossil fuel industry, has a long record of attacking the EPA and undermining environmental regulations. On his LinkedIn page , Pruitt refers to himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” “During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly threatened to dismantle the EPA and roll back many of the gains made to reduce Americans’ exposures to industrial pollution, and with Pruitt, the president-elect would make good on those threats,” said Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group , a Washington research and advocacy organization. ...
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Living near heavy traffic might give you dementia 17.1.2017 TreeHugger
It's enough to make you crazy.
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Obama Declared An Emergency In Flint One Year Ago. The Crisis Isn't Over. 16.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One year after President Barack Obama  declared a federal emergency in Flint , Michigan, over the lead poisoning crisis, experts say the city’s water system has significantly improved ― but residents still can’t drink the water from their taps, and there’s no clear end in sight. On Wednesday, researchers and public officials hosted a town hall meeting in Flint  to share the latest water quality data, following a private U.S. Environmental Protection Agency summit in Chicago the previous day. They focused on progress: lead levels in water samples are easily below the threshold to comply with the federal safe drinking water standard, and have been for several rounds of testing. Other issues with water quality have improved, officials said, citing the ongoing replacement of lead pipe service lines and maintenance of chlorine residuals, a disinfectant used to kill bacteria and other pathogens.     The city’s lead pipes were corroded by Flint River water, which caused leaching and the subsequent contamination ...
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Why your weight loss plateaus, and how to fight it 16.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Anyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be.
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Democrats Lead Nationwide Day Of Rallies In Defense Of Obamacare 16.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered to protest the health care law’s repeal in rallies across the country on Sunday. The demonstrations were in response to an appeal by Democratic leaders in Congress for a day of action against ACA repeal, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and other policies promoted by the incoming Donald Trump administration. Perhaps the highest-profile gathering was a rally at Macomb County Community College in Warren, Michigan, that drew thousands of people. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several other members of Congress addressed the large crowd that had waited in long lines in below-freezing weather to attend the event. Many who have received health insurance thanks to the ACA shared their emotional stories as well. When Sanders finally took the stage after his colleagues, the roar of the audience and chants of “Bernie, Bernie Bernie” made it clear that for many in the crowd, the Vermont ...
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Brother’s death leads Colorado software engineer to connect victims of opioid abuse through maps 15.1.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
In less than two years, the website has grown to include the profiles of 416 people who died because of oxycodone, heroin, morphine and other opioids.
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On a roll: EPA proposes to ban or restrict two highly toxic paint stripping chemicals 14.1.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick is a Project Manager.   Yesterday, EPA proposed a rule to ban methylene chloride and either ban or restrict the use of N-methylpyrrolidone in paint stripping products, subject to certain national security exemptions. This proposal is the third such proposed action by the agency in the past month (see here and here). Below, […]
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Deal may have kept life-saving drug off market 13.1.2017 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial

From left, former Valeant CEO Michael Pearson, former CFO Howard Schiller, and Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman. (Jonathan Ernset/Reuters)With Donald Trump’s threats to rein in drug pricing, what would he make of the Syprine situation?


'Bombshell Revelations' Point to Ongoing Poisoning of Grassy Narrows People 13.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

An investigation by environmental volunteers and The Toronto Star has uncovered the "bombshell revelation" that soil surrounding an old paper mill is contaminated with mercury, amounting to what many are calling a "smoking gun" in the ongoing poisoning of the Grassy Narrows First Nation community.

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