User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Regional
Category: Toxics
Last updated: Aug 17 2017 19:49 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Two Denver jail sergeants fired for failing to report intoxicated co-worker 17.8.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Two Denver Sheriff Department sergeants were fired for failing to report an intoxicated co-worker and then being dishonest about it, and critics say the case shows more inconsistency in deputy discipline.
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Big tobacco’s new cigarette is sleek, smokeless – but is it actually healthier? 12.8.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Philip Morris says it has created aless toxic cigarette - an innovation it claims could save lives and eliminate smoking in America.
Amid California’s toxic dumps, local activists go it alone 7.8.2017 Current Issue
The call themselves promotoras, and they’re starting to see results.
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Authorities just found a toxin in the Jordan River. Here’s why you should stay out of the water. 22.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Salt Lake County Health Department warned people Friday not to enter the Jordan River after test results found an algae-related toxin in the water. The results showed that the neuro toxin anatoxin-a was present at a “low level” of 0.1 micrograms per liter in the river, and the health department advised people and animals to avoid entering or drinking river water. The toxin could be fatal if ingested. “Toxins present at this level have not been shown to present a health threat to people on th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Amid growing drug crisis, thousands of discarded needles create ‘health risk’ in Utah and across U.S. 17.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Lowell, Mass. • They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles so far this year, putting them on track to handily exceed the nearly 900 gathered in all of 2016. In March alone, San Francisco collected more than 13,000 syri...
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First a toxic algal bloom, now elevated E. coli levels — and double the health risk at Utah Lake 15.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Health officials continue to urge residents to stay out of the water at Utah Lake, even more so now that a second potentially harmful bacteria has entered the fray. The Utah County Health Department posted warning signs at Sandy Beach on Friday afternoon, after the amount of E. coli collected in a routine water sample exceeded the threshold considered safe for recreation. The entire lake is under a warning, due to a toxic algal bloom that developed there late last month. Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a s...
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Health warnings on Utah Lake expanded as toxic bloom continues to grow 13.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Officials say residents should avoid contact with the waters of Utah Lake in light of the detection of a deadly toxin. A bloom of toxic algae, detected late last month, has continued to grow and now appears to cover the majority of the lake west of Provo, according to state officials. And all of the latest samples from the lake tested positive for low levels of anatoxin, a neuro toxin that can be fatal if ingested. Though toxin levels have not yet reached concentrations thought to be fatal, Utah...
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Denver neighborhoods sue over highway expansion 13.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Residents say the $1.2 billion project would increase pollution and health problems.
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How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain 12.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Asheville, N.C. • A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the Verner Center for Early Learning are designed to help kids cope with intense stress so they can learn. But experts hope there’s an even bigger benefit — protecting young bodies and brains from stress so persistent that ...
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Utah Lake still open for boating, but people and pets should beware toxic algae in certain areas 8.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Health warnings related to a toxic algal bloom on Utah Lake remain in effect this weekend — though residents are getting mixed messages from government officials as to what that means. Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a public information officer with the Utah County Health Department, said the bloom does not appear to have changed significantly from last week. The department is waiting for more data, she said, before modifying its stances on health warnings. The agency is “having trouble” getting water sam...
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State, health department send mixed messages on the safety of Utah Lake’s algal bloom 8.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Health warnings related to a toxic algal bloom on Utah Lake remain in effect this weekend — though residents are getting mixed messages from government officials as to what that means. Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a public information officer with the Utah County Health Department, said the bloom does not appear to have changed significantly from last week. The department is waiting for more data, she said, before modifying its stances on health warnings. The agency is “having trouble” getting water sam... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Five protesters cited in Sen. Cory Gardner’s office after another sit-in attempt 8.7.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
Five protesters with the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter were cited Thursday while attempting to hold a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's Denver office to urge a no vote on the proposed Senate health care bill.
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The California drought isn’t over, it just went underground 6.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The race to dig deeper wells is a losing game for small rural communities.
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Why 1 million Californians lack safe drinking water 6.7.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Rural, cash-strapped communities don’t have the means to treat contaminated water.
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Syria says chemical attack probe work of ‘sick mind’ 2.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Beirut • Syria’s government accused the international chemical weapons watchdog Saturday of relying on the testimonies of “terrorists” in its investigation that concluded sarin gas was used in a deadly attack in Syria two months ago. The Syrian Foreign Ministry also lashed out at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), saying its investigation has been subjected to political extortion, costing the organization its credibility and impartiality. The ministry called its fin... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Algal bloom spreads on Utah Lake; holiday boaters warned to steer clear of scummy water 2.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
While boaters are still welcome to enter Utah Lake heading into the busy Fourth of July weekend, weather conditions and the presence of harmful bacteria in the water have teed up the possibility of an explosion in algae that could force closures. The Department of Environmental Quality is awaiting test results that will show whether the bloom contains harmful cyanotoxins. The presence of a bloom in the lake’s southern end at Provo Bay prompted the Utah County Health Department to issue warnings ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Toxic algae’s return to Utah Lake could force it to close for holiday weekend 30.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The return of toxic algae to Utah Lake may force closures over this coming Fourth of July weekend. Officials with the Utah County Health Department began posting warnings signs in the Provo Bay and harbor area Thursday afternoon after early indications of the bloom were present in routine water samples collected earlier this month. Ben Holcomb, who specializes in harmful algal blooms at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said samples collected over the past two weeks indicate that th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Algal bloom spotted on Utah Lake, which may be closed over the holiday weekend 30.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The return of toxic algae to Utah Lake may force closures over this coming Fourth of July weekend. Officials with the Utah County Health Department began posting warnings signs in the Provo Bay and harbor area Thursday afternoon. The bloom was detected earlier this week via satellite imagery and appears to be growing and moving north, said Aislynn Tolman-Hill, a public information officer with the Utah County Health Department. The number of bacteria within the bloom indicate it could be produci... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Chemical leaks from PDC Energy tanks contributed to ozone pollution, EPA, CDPHE say in lawsuit 27.6.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Federal lawsuit claims PDC Energy has for years violated clean-air laws, hurting people and the environment by leaking volatile chemicals from storage tanks.
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Michigan governor defends cabinet members charged in Flint 17.6.2017 Denver Post: National News Headlines
An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint's man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some "bureaucrats" had failed residents and that he was focused on the city's recovery.
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