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"Chicago To Start Testing Water In Some Schools For Toxic Lead"

"Shortly after Chicago Public Schools disclosed the district has not tested water fountains for lead contamination, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the nation's third-largest school system will begin checking water in a small number of schools this year. The announcement Wednesday came more than a month after the Tribune requested the results of any water quality tests conducted by or for CPS since 2012."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/28/2016

Citizens Group Says Libel Suit from Landfill Company Meant To Silence

Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice says the landfill, which has accepted millions of pounds of coal ash from the 2008 Tennessee spill, violates their civil rights. The community surrounding the landfill is predominantly poor and African-American.

"Zika Funding Battle Steals States’ Public Health Emergency Money"

"Cities and states preparing for possible Zika outbreaks this spring and summer are losing millions of federal dollars that local officials say they were counting on, not only for on-the-ground efforts to track and contain the spread of the mosquito-borne virus but also to respond to other emergencies that threaten public health."

Source: Wash Post, 04/27/2016

"Feds Deciding If Coal-Export Project Violates Tribal Rights"

"For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state. Now, the tribe says a proposed $700 million project to build the nation’s largest coal-export terminal threatens that way of life. The tribe last year asked federal regulators to deny permits for project, saying it would interfere with the tribe’s treaty-reserved fishing rights."

Source: AP, 04/26/2016
September 14, 2016 to September 16, 2016

8th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment

This event in Barcelona, Spain will examine issues and solutions for multiple facets of children's health related to the environment.

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