Activists Warn That Toxic PCBs Contaminate Thousands Of U.S. Schools

"Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are industrial chemicals so toxic that Congress banned them 40 years ago. Research has shown that they can cause a range of health concerns, including cancer and neurological problems such as decreased IQ. And yet, because they were commonly used in building materials for decades, they continue to contaminate classrooms in between 13,000 and 26,000 schools nationwide, according to Harvard researchers."

Source: Wash Post, 10/06/2016

E. Chicago Residents Fleeing Lead Contamination Find Few Housing Options

"For Nayesa Walker, the clock started ticking just over a month ago. On Sept. 1, she was given 60 days to find a new home after East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland abruptly announced that the public housing complex where she and her three children live would be demolished. The land is contaminated with lead and arsenic."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 10/05/2016

"100 Countries Push To Phase Out Potentially Disastrous Greenhouse Gas"

"A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the US and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5C to global temperatures by the end of the century."

Source: Guardian, 09/26/2016

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf

"Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law."

Source: Truthout, 09/23/2016


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