Environmental Health

"US Raises Truck, SUV Fuel Economy Rules, Much Less Than First Proposed"

"President Joe Biden's administration Friday finalized tighter vehicle fuel economy rules through 2031 that are significantly less stringent than first proposed, a win for the Detroit Three automakers who lobbied heavily for revised rules."

Source: Reuters, 06/10/2024

Calif. Oil Town Chose Oil-Tied Firm to Review Impacts of a Drilling Permit

"Signal Hill Petroleum spent millions to overturn California’s landmark law protecting neighborhoods from oil drilling. Now it wants to drill dozens of new wells in a city established a century ago to avoid taxes on oil development."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/07/2024

"In Washington, D.C., The City’s ‘Forgotten River’ Cleans Up, Slowly"

"Bruce Holmes, 65, grew up fishing on the Anacostia River, a 9-mile (14-kilometer) urban waterway that flows through Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland, and has long been defined by pollution and neglect."

Source: AP, 06/06/2024

"Maine’s Biggest Water District Sues Over So-Called Forever Chemicals"

"The biggest water district in Maine is suing manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals in the hopes of recouping costs of monitoring and treating polluted wastewater."

Source: AP, 06/06/2024

Only 3 Company Prosecutions In England And Wales For Unfit Drinking Water

"The drinking water regulator for England and Wales has brought only three prosecutions against water companies for providing poor quality water since 2021, despite 362 instances in which water was flagged as being unfit for human consumption."

Source: Guardian, 06/06/2024

"Bangladeshi Garment Workers Fall Ill As Temperatures Soar"

"In the factory where Aysha Talukder Tanisa stitches jeans and children's clothes for Western brands, the cooling system has been no match for Bangladesh's longest heatwave in 70 years. "Some of us - mostly girls - fall sick, vomiting or swooning due to the boiling heat," the 22-year-old told Context by phone from Ashulia, a town near the capital, Dhaka."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 06/06/2024

"E.P.A. Moves to Limit Toxic Chemical Used in Hundreds of Products"

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed limits on the use of N-Methylpyrrolidone, a solvent in many products used by both consumers and workers, ranging from arts and crafts supplies to paint remover, that is linked to serious health effects."

Source: NYTimes, 06/06/2024

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