User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Regional
Category: Toxics
Last updated: Jul 23 2016 08:12 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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Farmers fear for crops as Utah Lake algae threat spreads to Salt Lake County 19.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Stephanie Cannon’s tomatoes may go dry this week if algae from Utah Lake make their way into her irrigation canal. “I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable about watering my lawn with” irrigation water from the canal, said Cannon, a commercial tomato grower and president of the Upper Canal Irrigation Co. in Millcreek and Holladay, “but I don’t want to put it on our tomatoes.” State water officials announced Sunday that algae from Utah Lake, where a toxic algal bloom was discovered last week, appear to hav... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson wins British Open over Phil Mickelson with record score 17.7.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
After an epic duel at the British Open, Henrik Stenson has claimed his first major title.
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Utah Lake closed due to health concerns from large algal bloom 16.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
State officials closed the entirety of Utah Lake on Friday after test results confirmed that a large algal bloom poses “serious health risks.” Satellite images show a bright green slick running two miles along the eastern shore from Provo Bay to Provo Harbor near Utah Lake State Park, according to a news release from the Department of Environmental Quality. Several smaller blooms collectively cover 90 percent of the lake. The Utah Department of Health advises that people and animals avoid the ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Possibly toxic algae poses health risk at Utah Lake 15.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A bright yellow warning sign popped up along the eastern shore of Utah Lake on Wednesday, warning that toxic algae is possibly once again plaguing the waters. The potentially poisonous blue-green bloom is growing in a miles-long slick from Provo Bay to Provo Harbor near Utah Lake State Park, making the water unsafe for recreation. The Utah Division of Water Quality advises that people and pets do not swim in or drink from the lake “until further notice.” Though not all algal growth is harmful,...
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Levels of some 'air toxics' along Wasatch Front are above what EPA says is cancer-causing 13.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Scientists at Utah’s Division of Air Quality are zeroing in on a few key chemicals after a newly released study of toxic air pollutants found elevated levels of hazardous substances on the Wasatch Front. The year-long effort, which looked at 86 of the more than 180 substances classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as “hazardous air pollutants,” or air toxics, identified four areas of concern — airborne lead particles, particularly on the western side of the Salt Lake Valley; localized...
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New study finds elevated levels of hazardous 'air toxics' along Wasatch Front 12.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Scientists at Utah’s Division of Air Quality are zeroing in on a few key chemicals after a newly released study of toxic air pollutants found elevated levels of hazardous substances on the Wasatch Front. The year-long effort, which looked at 86 of the more than 180 substances classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as “hazardous air pollutants,” or air toxics, identified four areas of concern — airborne lead particles, particularly on the western side of the Salt Lake Valley; localized... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Cigarette tax increase proposed for ballot 7.7.2016 Durango Herald
DENVER – Colorado voters this November could be faced with a ballot question asking them to increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.75 per pack.The Campaign for a Healthy Colorado announced its plans Wednesday at a news conference at National Jewish Health in Denver during which more than...
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Confusion over freestanding ERs can lead to shocking bills, analysis shows 6.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Analysis found Coloradans who visit freestanding emergency departments for non-life threatening concerns may pay more than at urgent care centers.
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Just 3% of Utah kids are tested for dangerous lead exposure 1.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Few Utah children are tested for exposure to lead — a situation that state agencies are taking steps to change amid calls for increased monitoring by a Utah environmental group and the American Medical Association. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment announced this month that it plans to launch a campaign asking the state to provide blood tests for lead to all expectant mothers and infants to detect lead exposure in time to prevent developmental delays. Brian Moench, the group’s president,...
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Groups call for more lead testing in Utah 29.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Few Utah children are tested for exposure to lead — a situation that state agencies are taking steps to change amid calls for increased monitoring by a Utah environmental group and the American Medical Association. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment announced this month that it plans to launch a campaign asking the state to provide blood tests for lead to all expectant mothers and infants to detect lead exposure in time to prevent developmental delays. Brian Moench, the group’s president,...
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Silvestrini, Healey lead Millcreek mayoral chase 29.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Although he warned followers last week he might not be able to continue to the November general election because of cancer, Fred Healey was in a strong position to survive Tuesday’s primary as one of two candidates to become the first mayor of Millcreek. Healey was in second place behind fellow incorporation leader Jeff Silvestrini — a Salt Lake City lawyer active for more than two decades in Mount Olympus community affairs — in the initial batch of unofficial results Tuesday from the Salt Lake ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Second 101010 challenges 10 CEOs on chronic pain, toxic stress and 8 other health problems 21.6.2016 Denver Post: Business
Denver's own digital-health business generator 10.10.10 launched year two on Monday, laying out a second set of 10 critical health issues that would benefit from an entrepreneur's touch.
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The EPA has deemed the drinking water toxic in these three Colorado towns 16.6.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals widely used to fight petroleum fires have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous.
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Mike Kopp to lead Colorado Concern 10.6.2016 Denver Post: Local
Former state lawmaker Mike Kopp has been named president and chief executive of Colorado Concern, a powerhouse group of more than 100 of the state's business executives.
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Robert B. Stevenson: Why is pot the whipping boy? 9.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
I have been jarred enough times today, and to a sufficient degree each time, that I write regarding the June 8 Steamboat Today article, “Doctors back pot tax — Levy would generate funds for substance abuse prevention, treatment.” I have nothing against using tax money to address what Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Frank May described as “the intersection of untreated mental health conditions and abuse of both legal and illegal substances...”  A tax locally-dedicated to that purpose sounds OK to me, because most governments have greatly curtailed expenditures on mental health. But, really, why is pot the whipping boy? Again. The article referred to nine Northwest Colorado overdose deaths this year. I think we can be sure none of those was from pot. And I think we can be pretty sure that when it comes to being a source of mischief, misery, disorientation and death in Northwest Colorado, alcohol has a huge lead over pot. I bet prescription drugs and opioids have a big lead also.  I would not be surprised ...
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