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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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Final approval of Twin Harbors razor clam digs delayed until Tuesday 22.10.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Razor clam diggers planning on making a trip to Twin Harbors will have to wait until another round of marine toxin is conducted. Digging is scheduled to begin Friday (Oct. 28) through Nov. 1, but a rise in levels of domoic acid could cancel digging altogether. Testing is done for domoic acid – a natural […]
Cosmetics With A Conscious 21.10.2016 Green on
Last week when I was scrolling through my endless emails, separating the important ones from the junk mail, just as I was about to send one to the trash bin I realized it wasn't a Google solicitation, but it was from one of my friends. She wanted to introduce me to an LA based eco-luxury lifestyle company called Love Goodly . I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in new green products, so I clicked the link to their website. Within minutes I was intrigued. Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription box service that delivers a carefully curated assortment of beauty and wellness products to your door. All of the products are toxin free, non-gmo, certified organic, cruelty-free and vegan. They use twelve 'eco' labels such as organic, hand-made, recycled and gluten-free so you can shop by what is most important to you. In addition, five percent of every purchase is donated to a cause such as the Beagle Freedom Project, Cure Cervical Cancer, and Farm Sanctuary. In addition to donating a portion of the ...
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New EPA Guidelines Will Help Oil And Gas Communities Breathe Easier 21.10.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Felice Stadler While air quality as a whole has been improving across the United States over the past few decades, many areas that are ground zero for the nation’s expanding oil and gas industry have shown an increase in dangerous pollutants. In fact, states with substantial drilling activities saw worsening air quality recently, according to the American Lung Association’s last State of the Air report. That’s because the oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which mix with NOX and sunlight to form ground-level ozone, also known as smog. Additionally, existing oil and gas sources do not face comprehensive nationwide limits for this type of pollution. This smog has tangible effects, though. In late September, the Clean Air Task Force released a report detailing that the amount of smog forming emissions from the oil and gas sector could lead to as many as 750,000 asthma attacks.  The report, called “ Gasping for Breath ,” similarly documents that ...
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Watchdog: EPA Action To Protect Flint Residents From Lead Was Delayed 7 Months 21.10.2016 NPR: Healthcare
The agency had enough information to see the danger and the authority to intervene earlier, the inspector general's report states. "These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency."
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The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague 21.10.2016 Views
Ronnie Cummins

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons and GMOs, where chemical cartels compete to take over our agriculture and food systems, destroying our ecosystems along the way.” - Brochure for The People’s Assembly, The Hague, Oct.

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IBM, in it for the long haul, is betting big on Watson 20.10.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Adapting Watson technology to industries like health care and manufacturing, IBM insists, was always going to be a long-term commitment — and one that began shortly after Watson beat human champions on the quiz show “Jeopardy” in 2011. IBM is collaborating with Quest Diagnostics, the medical laboratory company, to offer gene sequencing and Watson diagnostic analysis, as a cloud service, to oncologists treating cancer patients, starting Monday. “This is the broad commercialization of Watson in oncology,” said John E. Kelly, a senior vice president who oversees IBM’s research labs and the Watson business. The technology, IBM executives say, has the potential to make precision medicine and tailored therapies available to millions of cancer patients instead of the small number now treated at elite medical centers with genomics expertise. The new genomics service, IBM executives say, is one step in the company’s march to build a so-called ecosystem of corporate partners and software developers that use ...
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Health officials OK eating fish from Animas River 19.10.2016 Durango Herald
The Colorado health department announced Tuesday it’s OK to eat fish out of the Animas River, evidenced by results from extensive sampling following the Gold King Mine spill.On Aug. 5, 2015, an Environmental Protection Agency-led crew breached an earthen dam at the Gold King Mine, about 10 miles...
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ACLU sues schools over kids' exposure 19.10.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The ACLU of Michigan is suing school districts that serve Flint, saying there are inadequate services for the 30,000 children there who were exposed to lead through the water supply.
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Toxic Economy: Common Chemicals Cost US Billions Every Year 19.10.2016 Headlines
Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

Exposure to chemicals in pesticides, toys, makeup, food packaging and detergents costs the U.S. more than $340 billion annually due to health care costs and lost wages, according to a new analysis.

The chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, impact how human hormones function and have been linked to a variety of health problems such as impaired brain development, lower IQs, behavior problems, infertility, birth defects, obesity and diabetes.

The estimated economic toll is more than 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Toxic products cost the US $340 billion a year 19.10.2016 TreeHugger
Chemicals found in plastic bottles, flame retardants, food cans, detergents, cosmetics and pesticides cost the US twice as much as in the EU where the toxins are regulated.
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Poison served up for study at Natural History Museum of Utah 18.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Poison gets its due at the Natural History Museum of Utah, with a new exhibit that provides a lively appreciation of chemicals that can kill you. The exhibit, “The Power of Poison,” takes museumgoers through the science, history and culture of toxic substances, to show “how poison really permeates our lives,” said Sarah George, the museum’s executive director. The traveling exhibit, curated by New York’s American Museum of Natural History, opens to the public Saturday, and will run through April...
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Navy Admits to Having Released Chemicals Known to Injure Infants' Brains 17.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A Naval aircrewman prepares a sonobuoys, equipment known to harbor toxic heavy metals and chemicals that cause brain damage, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (Photo: US Pacific Fleet ) An environmental impact statement by the Navy admits to releasing "tons" of toxic contaminants during thousands of annual warfare training events. Chemicals present in Naval materials have been proven to damage developing brains, among other health dangers. A Naval aircrewman prepares a sonobuoys, equipment known to harbor toxic heavy metals and chemicals that cause brain damage, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (Photo: US Pacific Fleet ) For decades, the US Navy, by its own admission , has been conducting war game exercises in US waters using bombs, missiles, sonobuoys (sonar buoys), high explosives, bullets and other materials that contain toxic chemicals -- including lead and mercury -- that are harmful to both humans and wildlife. The Navy's 2015 Northwest Training and Testing environmental impact statement (EIS) states that in the ...
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As Flint Suffers, Big Pharma Slammed for Lead Poison Drug Price Hike of 2,700% 14.10.2016 Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Outrage is growing this week amid revelations that the pharmaceutical company Valeant raised the price for its critical lead-poisoning treatment by more than 2,700 percent in a single year.

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How disgust could lead to a cleaner, healthier world 13.10.2016 TreeHugger
Disgust is a powerful human emotion that could be utilized to promote better hygiene and nutrition, but unfortunately humans are too disgusted to take it seriously.
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Report: Children and the Elderly at Risk from "Dangerous and Close" Fracking 13.10.2016 Newswire

More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.

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Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy 12.10.2016 Views
Vandana Shiva

For more than a century, a poison cartel has experimented with and developed chemicals to kill people, first in Hitler's concentration camps and the war, later by selling these chemicals as inputs for industrial agriculture.

In a little over half a century, small farmers have been uprooted everywhere, by design, further expanding the toxic fields of  the industrial agriculture.

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Potentially harmful chemicals widespread in household dust 30.9.2016 Global Pollution and Prevention News - ENN
Household dust exposes people to a wide range of toxic chemicals from everyday products, according to a study led by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. The multi-institutional team conducted a first-of-a-kind meta-analysis, compiling data from dust samples collected throughout the United States to identify the top ten toxic chemicals commonly found in dust. They found that DEHP, a chemical belonging to a hazardous class called phthalates, was number one on that list. In addition, the researchers found that phthalates overall were found at the highest levels in dust followed by phenols and flame retardant chemicals.
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The Flint Water Crisis Is Not Over and Congress Must Not Leave Them Behind 28.9.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
More than two years since a public health disaster hit Flint Michigan, Congress has yet to provide needed assistance. Some on both sides of the aisle are working to advance help for Flint, but the path forward remains unclear, with little time to spare on Congress’ legislative calendar. Congress must not leave town without taking […]
'Yes, logging introduces mercury!' New revelations from Grassy Narrows 21.9.2016 - News for the rest of us
Another stunning story in the Toronto Star last week revealed that top environment officials in the Ontario government knew that clearcut logging in Grassy Narrows territory would increase mercury levels in fish even as the province refused a request by the First Nation for an environmental assessment of the province's 10-year logging plan for the area.  The article references government emails obtained through freedom of information requests made by Grassy ...
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