Environmental Health

Trump EPA Halts Obama Rule To Curb Toxic Wastewater From Coal Plants

"The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways."

Source: Washington Post, 04/14/2017

U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Closes Beaches, EPA Measuring Toxic Damage

"A spill at the U.S. Steel plant in Portage this week leaked a toxic chemical into Burns Waterway, a Lake Michigan tributary, forcing the closure of beaches in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and leaving officials scrambling to determine the extent of damage caused to the local environment."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/13/2017

"Trump’s Policies Are Already Making Workplaces More Toxic"

"The 'wellbeing of America and the American worker is my North Star,' President Donald Trump trumpeted at a recent White House event. But the Trump administration’s policies are already adversely affecting workers’ health by undermining occupational illness prevention — including for cancers, musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory diseases that afflict hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers."

Source: In These Times, 04/13/2017

Gag Order Keeps Oregon From Telling Public About Cancer-Causing Pollutant

"Oregon officials think they've found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in the air near a Lebanon battery parts maker, but a judge won't let them say a word about it.

Linn County Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. McHill on Friday agreed to Entek International's request for what appears to be an unprecedented gag order against state environmental and health regulators. Entek would be "irreparably harmed" if the regulators told the public about the preliminary finding, McHill wrote.

Source: Portland Oregonian, 04/11/2017

Review Of Dominion Power's Chesapeake Site Leaves Out Most Of Coal Ash

"State lawmakers this week agreed to stretch out a regulatory review of Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to permanently store coal ash at four sites, including in Chesapeake. ... But assessments planned by Dominion to help state regulators decide next year if the cap-in-place proposals are still sound may not include most of the ash stored at the Chesapeake site, the company has indicated."

Source: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 04/07/2017

"Kids Poisoned By Lead in CHA Housing; Landlords Still Got Paid"

"As private landlords increasingly take over the government's role of housing low-income families, dozens of children have been poisoned by brain-damaging lead while living in homes and apartments declared safe by the Chicago Housing Authority. Taxpayers often still paid the rent."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/07/2017

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