User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Regional
Category: Toxics
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Test results from Tibble Fork Dam sediment trigger warnings in American Fork Canyon 27.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Water and sediment samples taken from American Fork Canyon show its river has been fouled with lead and other heavy metals thanks to a major sediment spill last week during a dam rehabilitation project, according to a report released Friday by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Levels of cadmium, zinc, lead, copper, nickel and arsenic in the river sediments exceed health standards for aquatic life, according to test results. And while metal concentrations in the water were up to 10 ti...
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News roundup: Sen. Jeff Flake relishes role as anti-Trump guy 25.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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Toxic algae rises again at Utah Lake 23.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Toxic algae appears to be surging again in Utah Lake, prompting the Utah County Health Department to issue health advisories for specific portions of the lake. Warning signs have been posted at both Sandy Beach and the Saratoga Springs Marina. Lincoln Beach — which never really opened after July’s massive algal bloom, according to health department spokeswoman Aislynn Tolman-Hill — remains closed. Box Lake also acquired warning signs this afternoon due to increasingly high levels of toxic algae ...
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The Tragically Hip’s lead singer, Gord Downie, is dying, but he gave one last concert before he goes 22.8.2016 Denver Post: Entertainment
On Saturday, Canada was effectively closed as its citizens huddled around their TVs, celebrating the band and the extraordinary force that is Gord Downie.
U.S. says $400M payment to Iran was contingent on release of prisoners 19.8.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
The State Department says a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.
Colorado Air Force base may have released chemical into drinking water, military says 18.8.2016 Denver Post: Local
The military said Wednesday it has identified six places on an Air Force base in Colorado where firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals may have escaped into the environment and made its way into drinking water in two nearby communities.
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A different type of addiction 16.8.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, alcohol claims more lives than other drugs, but now an alternative treatment program could help.
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Health care leads stocks up on Wall Street 9.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, led by health care stocks. Speculation of more economic stimulus to come in China is helping to keep the market aloft. Valeant Pharmaceuticals is rising after the Canadian drugmaker backed its outlook and announced a strategy shakeup. Monster Worldwide is surging on a $303 million buyout by Ranstad Holding. Health care company Endo is rising on strong earnings, while retailer Gap is down on weak July sales. At 7:45 a.m. Mounta... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Researchers find unsafe levels of chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans 9.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers. The chemicals -- known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs - have been used for decades in a range of industrial and commercial products, including non-stick coatings on pans, food wrappers, water-repellent clothing and firefighting fo... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Toxic algal bloom spurs warnings at Big East Lake in Utah County 4.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Despite opening Utah Lake for swimming Tuesday, the Utah County Health Department had issued a warning against water activities in Big East Lake in Payson Canyon after a toxin from an algal bloom contaminated the water. The toxin, cyanobacteria, is considered dangerous at a frequency of 10 million cells per milliliter, according to the World Health Organization, but samples taken Thursday from Big East Lake had 45.6 million cells per mL — more than four times the concentration considered dangero...
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Swimmers may return -- with caution -- to Utah Lake 3.8.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Lake’s advisory was downgraded Tuesday to “caution,” which opens the lake for swimming and water activities in areas without scum. The shift comes nearly three weeks after a toxic algal bloom contaminated the body of water and limited summertime recreation in the area. The poisonous algae also spread to Jordan River and associated canals. After health officials analyzed the lake’s most recent samples, they found “the dangerous blue-green algae continues to dissipate,” the Utah County Health...
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Colorado health insurance study: Single geographic area could lead to higher premiums 2.8.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
Making Colorado a single geographic area for purposes of setting health insurance premiums wouldn't solve the problem of much higher mountain rates, according to a study mandated by the legislature and released Monday by the Division of Insurance.
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Utah Lake reopens as algal threat subsides 29.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Lake has reopened — with restrictions — after a toxic algal bloom poisoned the water about two weeks ago, leading to the recreation hot spot’s closure. The algal bloom, which spread to other waterways including the Jordan River and other tributaries, was dissipating, according to a news release Thursday from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Officials continued to warn patrons against swimming and other activities that require them to have contact with the lake water, but ...
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Somalia: Suicide car bomb at UN mine offices kills 3 26.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Somali police official says suicide bomber detonates explosives-laden car outside a U.N. office in Mogadishu, killing 3.
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Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people’s height 26.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia.
Environmental regulators say levels of toxic algae decreasing; Utah Lake water OK for irrigation 23.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has decided to end its closure of the Jordan River in Utah County, but Utah Lake remains closed and health advisories remain in effect, based on the latest data from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The most recent set of tests found that concentrations of cyanobacteria in Utah Lake have decreased in most locations to nonthreatening levels, with the exceptions of Lincoln Harbor and the American Fork harbor, where counts continue to exceed the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Jordan River re-opens in Utah County after algal bloom; warning remains in effect 23.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah County Health Department has decided to end its closure of the Jordan River in Utah County, but health advisories remain in effect. Ainslynn Tolman-Hill said the county health department decided to life the closure in light of recent test results that indicate the concentration of toxic cyanobacteria in the river is declining. However, she said, the department continues to encourage people to avoid the river, because the algae is still present in potentially harmful concentrations. “Dan...
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Baby teeth contain clues about early exposure to toxins 21.7.2016 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Baby teeth may soon be worth a lot more than the sentimental value they offer nostalgic parents. It turns out that these teeth store a unique type of health record, with the potential to reveal everything that an individual has been exposed to, including environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides, and stress hormones produced […]
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Op-ed: Algal bloom is harbinger of warmer future 21.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
All along Florida’s waterways, fish are dying, beaches are closing and people are getting sick from a massive, toxic algae stew. The irony is almost as thick as the green slime itself because Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency and is pleading with the federal government, which he dutifully loathes as a conservative, for assistance to cope with algal blooms connected to global warming, which he denies. Of course the disposition of Utah’s political leaders is similar, and so is the...
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Additional waters closed as 'unprecedented' Utah Lake algal bloom moves north 20.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Algal monitoring efforts continue to move northward as state environmental officials strive to get a handle on what the largest algal bloom in Utah Lake’s history means for Utah water quality. This is the first known instance where a bloom originating in Utah Lake has affected the Jordan River and other downstream systems. And concentrations within the bloom are exceptionally high, with some samples surpassing tens of millions of cyanobacteria — the so-called toxin-producing algae — per millilit... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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