California

CA Finds Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polish Advertised as Non-Toxic

"SAN FRANCISCO — Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called 'toxic trio' of chemicals actually have high levels of agents known to cause birth defects, according to state chemical regulators.

A Department of Toxic Substances Control report to be released Tuesday determined that the mislabeled nail products have the potential to harm thousands of women who work in more than 48,000 nail salons in California, and their customers.

Source: AP, 04/10/2012
June 25, 2012 to June 27, 2012

The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

This conference in Los Angeles, organized by the Council for Watershed Health, will feature leaders from five Mediterranean regions of the world gathering to discuss reducing the vulnerability of natural and human systems to the effects of climate change. NOTE: An additional panelist is needed for the June 26th lunch session "Media as a Partner in Development."

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"Mecca's Misery: 'Unbearable' Stench Overwhelms Desert Town"

A recycling facility for contaminated soils and other hazardous waste in the California desert community of Mecca is causing major problems. The problems are made worse by the fact that the facility is on tribal land, making state and federal regulation more difficult.

"In January 2009, Riverside County fire Capt. Robert Fish ventured to the scrubby desert outpost of Mecca to check on the busy contaminated-soil recycling plant there.

He found something unusual, worrying enough to alert his superiors.

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 03/26/2012

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