Environmental Health

"Google Earth Has Cars Sniffing U.S. Cities to Guard Your Health"

"As firefighters fought to control deadly wildfires north of San Francisco last month, a small unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google had a more modest goal. It had employees driving cars around loaded with air-monitoring equipment to measure how badly the smoke was polluting the air."

Source: Bloomberg, 11/21/2017

New Analysis: EPA Is Ignoring A Lot Of Toxics in US Drinking Water

The law and regulations make it hard for the U.S. EPA to regulate new chemicals in drinking water. A lot of testing is required to show the chemical is harmful and found widely in water. New analysis of existing data shows a family of chemicals that includes perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, may be doing much more harm than EPA admits.

Source: Quartz, 11/21/2017

$5B Minnesota Suit Alleges 3M Chemicals Caused Cancer And Infertility

"Attorney General Lori Swanson says health and environmental damage totaled $5 billion. "

"The logo for 3M appears on a screen above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Caterpillar and Post-it note maker 3M lead a rally in industrial companies, while banks are climbing along with interest rates.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/21/2017

"Ethics: 15 Energy Lobbyists Hired Using Trump's Weakened Rule"

"Troy Lyons spent 2016 lobbying for Hess Corp., a New York City-based oil company. Among the issues he was hired to work on: U.S. EPA's proposed rules limiting methane emissions from new oil and gas wells, which Hess opposed. Then, when 2017 rolled around, Lyons got a new job. He went to work for EPA."

Source: ClimateWire, 11/20/2017

"Emanuel Blasts EPA, U.S. Steel on Pollution; Plans To To Sue Company"

"After announcing on Sunday the city’s intent to sue U.S. Steel for polluting Lake Michigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the company and federal environmental regulators who’ve been “asleep at the switch” under the Trump administration."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 11/20/2017

Court Orders Paint Companies To Pay To Clean Lead Paint Out of CA Homes

"In a ruling that could set a precedent for lawsuits over the effects of climate change, a panel of appeals judges on Tuesday found three paint manufacturers responsible for the health hazards of lead paint in California homes and upheld an order that they pay to abate the dangers."

Source: LA Times, 11/20/2017

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