User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-Regional
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Embattled EPA pitches 40 “quick fixes” to slow poisoning of water at inactive Colorado mines 23.4.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
"Funding is a question. We certainly will be requesting money this year. We will start the work as soon as the funding is available - no earlier than probably the fourth quarter this year." - EPA remedial project manager Rebecca Thomas
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Every drinking fountain and sink in every Colorado school would be tested for lead under public health bill 19.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Colorado lawmakers want every source of drinking water in Colorado schools to be tested for lead. But some worry that the cost of cleaning up the contamination will hurt cash-strapped schools.
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Wasatch Plateau meadows to be harvested for new cancer drugs 15.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cow cabbage, which flourishes in mountain meadows of the U.S. Southwest, was once seen as a worthless invasive weed targeted for eradication by ranchers. But the toxic roots of the native plant holds compounds that could help combat cancer and a Utah entrepreneur hopes to harvest it in the Manti-La Sal National Forest to supply researchers testing new therapies. The Wasatch Plateau is the best place to harvest cow cabbage, known by the scientific name Veratrum californicum, because plants growin...
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Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science 14.4.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.
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Active lives, few providers push up medical costs in Colorado mountains 2.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
No, Colorado mountain resident, it’s not just your imagination. You still are paying some of the highest health care costs in the nation. Despite — or perhaps because of — the region’s love of hiking, skiing, bicycling and all things physical, Zone Nine in the Colorado mountains is stuck stubbornly at about 145 percent of average health care costs. People in Colorado mountain communities talk of paying more for their family’s health care than they do for their mortgage — and their mortgages are steep enough, thank you very much. This story is part one in a six part series on the high costs of healthcare in the Colorado mountain region. Health costs are driven by two main factors: price per unit — say, a doctor’s visit or a heart bypass — times the frequency of those visits. And in mountain areas such as Routt County, as well as Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit, score poorly on the former and not so great on the latter. Getting a hip and knee replaced costs about $69,000 in hospitals in the Colorado ...
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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Study: Lead exposure alters children's lives decades later 28.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin. The findings, published Tuesday in JAMA, were based on a study that followed about 1,000 children born in the early 1970s in the coastal city of Dunedin, New Zealand. More than half were tested for lead in 1983, and near...
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The Freedom Caucus blew its chance to govern 27.3.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
Freedom Caucus members had a chance to repeal the individual and employer mandates, transform Medicaid, and end $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes. Instead, they chose to keep Obamacare intact.
Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate goes on 23.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 5 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,354 as of 9 a.m. Mountain time. The Dow Jones industrial average added 41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,702. The Nas...
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Suncor oil refinery spewed hundreds of pounds of toxic gases over Denver — again — after Xcel power outage 17.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Malfunctions at the Suncor oil refinery just north of Denver triggered toxic belches spewing more than 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide and more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide gas into the air this week, exceeding state air quality limits.
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Suspected paint dump spreads fumes in Steamboat townhomes 14.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The apparent chemical dump that affected residents at Mountain Vista Townhomes in Steamboat Springs earlier this month serves as a reminder that grated storm drains lead directly to the environment and, ultimately, the Yampa River. City of Steamboat Springs Water Resource Manager Kelly Romero Heaney said she and Steamboat Fire Rescue, as well as personnel from the city street and water departments, responded March 2 to the townhouse complex in the Hilltop/Tamarack neighborhood after the fire department received a report of strong odors in the buildings. “It appears somebody had dumped what was likely stain or lacquer or something into the storm drain … and even though it appears to have been less than five gallons ... the vapors were so strong they were able to move back into the building through the foundation drain pipe and were seeping into (the) crawl space.” Routt County residents can take advantage of a paint-recycling program authorized by the Colorado Legislature in 2014 that partners retailers ...
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Holi 2017: How harmful are artificial colours for the skin 11.3.2017 Life-style – The Indian Express
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Nikola Jokic returns from illness to lead Nuggets to marquee win over Celtics 11.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Nikola Jokic was still weak enough Thursday as he continued to recover from the illness punishing his body that the Nuggets coaching staff wouldn't let him practice, sending him home for more rest.
Trump picks former FDA official to head agency 11.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • President Donald Trump announced Friday that has chosen a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Scott Gottlieb would be tasked with Trump’s goal of cutting red tape at the FDA, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals to seafood to electronic cigarettes. Trump has called the FDA’s drug approval process “slow and burdensome” despite changes to speed reviews, partic...
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Health care, bank stocks lead markets down 7.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • U.S. stock indexes are mostly lower in early trading Tuesday, while health care companies, including drugmakers and drug distributors, are falling after Republicans in Congress introduced a bill intended to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Energy and materials companies are also declining. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,370 as of 8:19 a.m. Mountain time. The Dow Jones industrial average was little changed at 20,954. The Nasdaq ...
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EPA cuts will hit minority communities hardest 7.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Trump proposes an end to the office that protects low-income areas from pollution.
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Banks, health care firms lead stocks slightly higher 4.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A late wave of buying helped nudge U.S. stock indexes slightly higher Friday after a day of mostly listless trading. Banks and health care stocks climbed the most as investors priced in an increasing likelihood that interest rates will rise in the coming months. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen helped stoke those expectations in a speech in which she said an improving job market and rising inflation would likely prompt the central bank to increase borrowing costs. “The real takeaway here is if...
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Horse-riding may boost cognitive skill in kids 3.3.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect 26.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Malaysia's health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused "very serious paralysis" that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea's leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.
PHOTOS: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Protest 21.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Hundreds gathered and marched to rally support for the upcoming court hearing on fracking and climate change during a protest at the Colorado Capitol Building on Feb. 20, 2017 in Denver.
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