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"What Happened to the Girls in Le Roy"

When some 18 girls in the upstate New York town of Le Roy developed unexplained tics and twitches starting in August 2011, many were quick to suspect that the cause was toxic substances in the environment. There had been a major chemical spill there in 1970. Erin Brockovich, of movie fame, started an investigation (as did EPA). But many of the potential chemical causes were ultimately discounted. Later hypotheses about the cause included sociological, psychological, and infectious factors. Today, many of the victims are doing better.

Source: NY Times Magazine, 03/12/2012

"Niagara Falls Won't Treat Drilling Wastewater"

"NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls has gone on record against treating wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, with elected officials saying they don't want the city that endured the Love Canal toxic waste crisis to be a test case for the technology used in gas drilling operations."

Source: AP, 03/07/2012

"EPA, N.J. Agree: 2,112 Waterways Polluted"

"New Jersey faces serious water quality challenges, including sewage pollution, but upgrading old infrastructure can help address them, according to federal officials. On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its approval of New Jersey’s latest list of streams, lakes, rivers, bays and other waters that are considered impaired or threatened by pollutants."

Source: Asbury Park Press, 02/29/2012
March 16, 2012 to March 17, 2012

MIT Energy Conference

In its 7th year, the MIT Energy Conference is an annual two-day conference that brings together leaders in the fields of technology, policy, industry, and finance to explore solutions to the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

"Superfund-Eligible Sites in New Jersey Not Listed for Cleanup"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- New Jersey already has 144 Superfund sites, more than any other state, but it could have even more according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents obtained through a lawsuit by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a national alliance of state and federal agency resource professionals.

Twenty-seven contaminated sites in New Jersey pose risks equal to or greater than sites placed on the Superfund National Priority List and scheduled for cleanup, yet the EPA has not added these uncontrolled sites to the list, PEER has determined.

Source: ENS, 02/17/2012
March 30, 2012

Bioethics Bootcamp: Finding the Must-Read Angle for Science and Medical Stories

Science Writers in New York, The Hastings Center, and City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism present a unique workshop to help science writers understand and communicate advances in science and technology that frequently raise immediate or potential ethical concerns for individuals, institutions, families, and society.

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