Pollution

"Study: Diabetes Drug Affecting Fish in Lake Michigan"

"Researchers have found that pharmaceuticals and personal-care byproducts persist at low levels miles from sewage discharge pipes in Lake Michigan. And a study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows that the most prevalent drug in the lake — the Type 2 diabetes medication Metformin — changes the hormonal system of fish exposed to it."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 01/16/2015

"BP Faces Up To $13.7 Billion in Fines for 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster"

"A federal judge in New Orleans ruled Thursday that 3.19 million barrels of oil were spilled during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The ruling means BP now faces up to $13.7 billion in pollution fines for the spill, well below the amount federal prosecutors want the company to pay."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 01/16/2015

"Study: High Levels of Pollutants From Drilling Waste Found in Pa. Rivers"

"New scientific sampling and analysis has found high concentrations of ammonium and iodide, two potentially hazardous pollutants, in oil and gas well drilling wastewater discharged into streams and rivers in Pennsylvania and other states."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 01/15/2015

Arrest of Four Near Hog Farm Tests Utah's "Ag Gag" Law

One way to deal with bad press is to make it illegal. Exposés of inhumane conditions at feedlots and slaughterhouses are being made illegal by state legislatures that pass "ag gag" laws. Now a case in Utah is challenging whether industrial agriculture's claims of secrecy trump the eating public's right to know. Image: Sows in 7'x2' Smithfield Foods gestation crates. By Humane Society of the US [CC], 2010.

Obama Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions

"In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials will announce plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, according to a person familiar with Mr. Obama’s plans."

Source: NY Times, 01/14/2015

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