Environmental Health

Florida Lawmakers Want To Eliminate Local Heat Protection Rules For Workers

"A measure that will ban local governments from passing heat-protection ordinances inspired strong emotions from the public Thursday, but lawmakers approved the bill backed by big business interests."

Source: Florida Phoenix, 02/27/2024

"EPA Orders LA County Landfill To Curb Hazardous Waste Leakage Immediately"

"Federal environment officials have ordered a Los Angeles County landfill to take urgent action to protect public health, citing noxious odors and hazardous waste issues in the surrounding community."

Source: The Hill, 02/27/2024

TX Railroad Commission Approves Toxic Waste Ponds Next to Baptist Camp

"Texas regulators recently authorized a company to operate ponds to store and recycle millions of gallons of oilfield wastewater laced with toxic chemicals next to a Baptist summer camp in the Permian Basin."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/27/2024

Why Parking, Long Term, Presents a Lot of Problems

A new book makes the case that U.S. cities have had their environments, their housing and their businesses warped by parking policies. BookShelf contributor Jennifer Weeks, who shares her own parking-related frustrations, explores the arguments made in “Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World,” and also takes a look at what the author sees as “parking-light” solutions.

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Spill-Tracking Data Sources Help Cover Hazmat Events

A new Spill Tracker website is a good source of information on chemical spills, albeit one with an agenda. But according to the latest Reporter’s Toolbox, it’s just one among a set of powerful resources for covering dangerous releases, large and small. More on Spill Tracker, plus another half-dozen-plus government and nonprofit data sources on petrochemical incidents.

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"Tired Of Diesel Fumes, These Moms Are Pushing For Electric School Buses"

"Areli Sanchez’s daughter, Aida, used to be one of 20 million American kids who ride a diesel bus to school each day. ... She was admitted to the hospital for an asthma attack in second grade, and after that Sanchez began driving Aida to school."

Source: AP, 02/26/2024

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