People & Population

"EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Hears Impact of Pollution on City's Poor"

"EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson spent an hour listening to residents of El Paso, Vinton, Westway, Sunland Park and other locations who spoke of health problems they believe are related to pollution from a steel plant, a landfill, chemical plants, dairies and Asarco, the shuttered smelter."

Source: El Paso Times, 01/31/2011

"F.D.A and Dairy Industry Spar Over Testing of Milk"

After illegally high levels of antibiotics were routinely found in dairy cows headed for the slaughterhouse, the Food and Drug Administration decided to test milk from the farms those cows came from. Dairy farmers, worried more about profits than antibiotic resistance that could sicken their customers, have objected. Now the two sides may be looking for win-win solutions. Meanwhile, testing is on hold.

Source: NY Times, 01/26/2011
April 27, 2011 to April 29, 2011

The State of Environmental Justice in America Conference

For the fifth year in a row, the State of Environmental Justice in America Conference will bring together individuals with a wide variety of interests for a spirited exchange of ideas about environmental justice’s past, present, and future.

"Salinas, California: The Salad Bowl of Pesticides"

Alarm bells are being set off by a new study of the families of California farm workers exposed to pesticides. It finds much higher levels of pervasive developmental disorder among children of mothers exposed to higher levels of neurotoxicant organophosphate pesticides.

Source: AOLNews, 12/23/2010

"Helping the Hidden Homeless in Rural Md."

As Christmas approaches former tobacco country in rural Prince George's County, Maryland, a food bank helps poor people living in trailers, discarded campers, and even tents. It's not just food, blankets, and clothing that they need. They need kerosene, propane, heating oil, and firewood. They do not qualify for federal low-income fuel assistance. They do not have plumbing or electricity. It is 23 degress outside and they are 23 miles from the White House.

Source: Wash Post, 12/21/2010

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