Consumer

"Environmentalists: Your TV Uses More Electricity Than You Think"

"An environmental group on Wednesday accused three major TV manufacturers of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy high-definition screens devour, alleging that the televisions were designed to perform more efficiently during government testing than in ordinary use."

Source: AP, 09/22/2016

"Your Tattoo Might Have Printer Ink or Car Paint in It"

"Emily Pratt wasn’t impressed when she heard about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration probe into the potentially deleterious effects of tattoo ink. She would have shrugged to show how little she cared, but she was a bit sore from the tattoo machine that had just been smacking away at her left forearm."

Source: Bloomberg, 08/31/2016

Caught Fudging Science, Duke Power Attacks Reporters Privilege

Embroiled in a growing scandal about efforts to cover up the science on the threat posed by coal ash to North Carolinians' drinking water, Duke Energy is asking a court to hold a hearing to discover the source of a document leaked to the Associated Press.

"Duke Energy Asks S.C. Customers To Pay Cleanup Costs For Coal Ash"

"Duke Energy is asking for the first $1.5 million installment on what to date is a $500 million coal-ash cleanup bill as part of Duke Energy Progress’ proposed 14.5 percent rate increase in South Carolina."

Source: Charlotte Business Journal, 08/12/2016

Unsafe Levels of Teflon Chemicals In 6 Million Americans' Drinking Water

"Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers."

Source: Wash Post, 08/10/2016

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