Environmental Health

Kalamazoo Mayor: EPA's Plan for Superfund Landfill Is 'Unacceptable'

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Members of the Kalamazoo community gathered at a public forum Monday to learn more about the Allied Paper landfill site and to voice concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to consolidate and cap the site in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood."

Source: Kalamazoo Gazette, 04/24/2013

"Coal-Backed Research Takes on Mining Health Studies"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Scientists backed by a $15 million industry-funded research project are picking apart -- and trying to disprove -- a series of studies that found coalfield residents near mountaintop-removal mining operations face greater risks of serious illness and premature death."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 04/23/2013

"EPA Probes Flame Retardants But Lacks Power To Ban"

"As the Obama administration launches a broad investigation of flame retardants used in furniture and other household goods, the nation's top environmental regulators are running into the limitations of a federal law that makes it practically impossible to ban hazardous chemicals."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/23/2013

Watchdog Reports Health Problems From Dispersant Use During BP Spill

"WASHINGTON -- Cleanup workers, doctors, divers and Gulf Coast residents interviewed by a Washington watchdog group have reported health problems from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including blood in the urine, heart palpitations, kidney and liver damage, migraines, memory loss and reduced IQ."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/22/2013

Libby, Montana Asbestos Study Delayed Because Of EPA: Investigators

"BILLINGS, Mont. -- Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure."

Source: AP, 04/19/2013


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