Environmental Health

Despite Wealth, Pollution From Coal-Fired Plant Still Hurt Their Babies

"New research released Monday documents the impact that pollution from a coal-fired plant in Pennsylvania had on four wealthy New Jersey counties as far as 30 miles downwind. Women in those counties had a greater risk of having babies of low or very low birthweight — less than 5½ pounds — than did women in similarly affluent areas."

Source: Washington Post, 04/04/2017

Lead Exposure Alters Course Of Children’s Lives Decades Later: Study

"Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to new research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin."

Source: Washington Post, 04/03/2017

New EPA Documents Reveal Even Deeper Proposed Cuts To Staff, Programs

"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement."

Source: Washington Post, 04/03/2017

"The House Just Passed Two Bills That Would Stifle Science at the EPA"

"House Republicans just passed two bills that will make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to use scientific research to protect health and the environment. And they’ve done so under the deceptive guise of 'transparency.'"

Source: Vox, 03/31/2017

EPA Didn't Tighten Standards For Lead, Leaving Communities Adrift

"DEPUE, Ill. — Mayor Eric Bryant was leading his usual tour the other day, driving visitors past the poisoned lake, around the abandoned bungalows, and over dusty ball fields until he reached a glittering metal mountain known here as the 'Pile of Black Death.'"

Source: STAT, 03/28/2017

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