Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

November 7, 2013 to November 8, 2013

Workshop on Identifying and Reducing Environmental Health Risks of Chemicals in Our Society

The IOM's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine will host a free workshop (in Washington, DC and live webcast) on Identifying and Reducing Environmental Health Risks of Chemicals in Our Society. Industrial chemicals include chemicals used in industrial processes or commercial products, not including those found in food, pesticides, or pharmaceuticals. Registration required.

Topics on the Beat: 

"Lawn Fertilizer Limits Take Effect, But Effectiveness Questioned"

"Among the hundreds of new laws taking effect Tuesday (Oct. 1) is one meant to help the Chesapeake Bay by limiting when, where and how Marylanders should feed their lawns. One scientist, though, suggests homeowners could help the bay better by forgoing lawn fertilizer altogether."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 10/03/2013

Pennsylvania Blocks Report Criticizing Shale Gas

Under law, Pennsylvania was supposed to publish a report outlining climate change impacts on the state by Spring 2012. But the Department of Environmental Protection says it is still being reviewed, and nobody will say when it might be published.

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Topics on the Beat: 

Pennsylvania: "Sewage Spills Continue Despite EPA Order"

"When a powerful storm unleashed 2 inches of rain on Allentown over six hours last summer, that water didn't just saturate lawns, flood roads and dampen basements. It also filled storm sewers with cascading water that blew the tops off manholes along the bloated sewage collection system."

Source: Allentown Morning Call, 09/10/2013

USFS Set To Decide on Fracking In George Washington National Forest

"George Washington National Forest is more than just one of the largest expanses of pristine land in the East. It’s the leafy cradle of the Shenandoah, James and Potomac rivers, a source of drinking water for millions of people in greater Washington."

Source: Wash Post, 09/09/2013


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