Environmental Health

"New Regulations on Smog Remain as Divisive as Ever"

"In August 2011, as President Obama prepared to unveil a major new environmental regulation on smog, his political advisers issued a warning: The rule would affect power plants and factories throughout the Midwest, slowing the economy in states like Ohio that would be crucial to the president’s re-election."

Source: NY Times, 10/01/2015

"How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in U.S.?"

"Volkswagen’s diesel deception unleashed tons of extra pollutants in the United States, pollutants that can harm human health. So while many commentators have been quick to say that the cheating engines are not a highway safety concern, safety — as in health — is still an issue."

Source: NY Times, 09/29/2015

Elevated Lead Found in More Flint Kids After Water Switch, Study Finds

"FLINT, MI -- More Flint infants and children are being found with elevated levels of lead in their blood since the city switched to using the Flint River as its water source, according to a new study by a Hurley Medical Center doctor."

Source: Flint Journal, 09/25/2015

"CPSC Considers Ban on Toxic Flame Retardants in Household Products"

"For the government's top consumer safety watchdog, protecting Americans from household hazards typically means prodding companies to recall defective products that strangle children, cause life-threatening burns or trigger bone-breaking falls. The chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission thinks it is time to start forcing toxic chemicals off the market too."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 09/25/2015

Groups' Efforts for Disclosure of Pesticide "Inerts" Grinds On

Whether pesticides harm the birds and bees — or human health — matters a lot. One of the public's protections is the requirement for disclosure in the nation's pesticide laws. Three groups, represented by Earthjustice, argue that EPA has authority under current federal pesticide law to require disclosure of inert ingredients.

"Herbicide Scrutiny Mounts as Resistant Weeds Spread in U.S."

"Concerns about the world's most popular herbicide continue to mount, as U.S. agricultural experts note spreading weed resistance to glyphosate. As the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide products as well as about 700 other products, glyphosate is widely used on farms as well as residential lawns."

Source: Reuters, 09/23/2015


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