Environmental Health

Court Lets Exide Abandon CA Toxic Site. Taxpayers Will Fund Cleanup

"A bankruptcy court ruled Friday that Exide Technologies may abandon its shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, leaving a massive cleanup of lead and other toxic pollutants at the site and in surrounding neighborhoods to California taxpayers."

Source: LA Times, 10/19/2020

"Wildfire Smoke in US Exposes Millions To Hazardous Pollution"

"Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers."

Source: AP, 10/19/2020

"Shuffle of EPA's Science Advisers Elevates Those With Industry Tries"

"A shuffle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent board of science advisers will add a longtime consultant who has worked for the tobacco and chemicals industries while promoting a member listed as someone “not to pick” by the Union of Concerned Scientists to be the panel's chair."

Source: The Hill, 10/16/2020

Unsealed Docs Show Union Carbide Leaked Toxics Into Creek For Years

"Newly unsealed court documents provide additional evidence that chemical giant Union Carbide Corp. failed to report the presence of a toxic dumping site in South Charleston that has been leaking hazardous substances into nearby Davis Creek."

Source: WV Public Broadcasting, 10/16/2020

"Long-Banned Toxics Are Still Accumulating In Great Lakes Birds"

"Decades ago several bird species in the Great Lakes—including the iconic bald eagle—faced an uncertain future because toxic chemicals were threatening their populations. While several bans and policies have offered some protection, the same chemicals threatening these birds 60 years ago continue to accumulate in their bodies—and new chemical threats are adding to their toxic burdens, according to two new studies."

Source: EHN, 10/15/2020

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