Environmental Health

"White House Proposes Reviving Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site"

"The White House’s fiscal 2018 budget plan for the U.S. Department of Energy includes $120 million to restart licensing for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, a project stalled for years by lawsuits and local opposition."

Source: Reuters, 03/16/2017

Unsealed Documents Raise New Safety Doubts on Monsanto Weedkiller Roundup

"The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a hit on Tuesday when a federal court unsealed documents raising questions about its safety and the research practices of its manufacturer, the chemical giant Monsanto."

Source: NY Times, 03/16/2017

"Chemicals: EPA Heeds Industry Concerns, Freezes Safety Regs"

"U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has frozen implementation of updated safety regulations for thousands of chemical plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities, saying the delay is needed to consider an industry coalition's petition to scrap the new rules."

Source: Greenwire, 03/15/2017

Roundup's Active Ingredient Facing Wave Of Suits As Alleged Carcinogen

"Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s marquee product, Roundup, is coming under fire from hundreds of legal challenges across the U.S., with individuals alleging that the herbicide is carcinogenic and linked to cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma."

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 03/14/2017

EPA Budget Cuts Threaten a Program Near You

As the Trump administration proposes big cuts at environmental agencies like the U.S. EPA, the latest TipSheet explores how to dig up local angles from the budget action. Examples: Tracking changes at EPA regional offices and labs, at Superfund or at state revolving funds for clean water and safe drinking water programs.

"Bird Flu Cases Revive Fear Of Repeat Of Major 2015 Outbreak"

"The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm has poultry farmers stepping up security in an attempt to prevent an outbreak like the one in 2015 that required the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys in the Midwest. The appearance of milder forms of bird flu at a Wisconsin turkey farm and another Tennessee chicken farm has heightened concern."

Source: AP, 03/10/2017

After Obamacare: Retired Miners Face Losses If Affordable Care Act Ends

"Retired coal miners face a one-two punch to their health benefits that could leave many of them in the lurch. A repeal of Obamacare and the expiration of miner’s health protections could make it hard for any coal retiree to get health care."

Source: Ohio Valley Resource, 03/09/2017

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Environmental Health