Environmental Health

"New Mexico Seeks Tougher Provisions For US Nuclear Dump"

"[New Mexico] officials on Tuesday released a draft permit that includes tougher provisions for the U.S. government to meet if it wants to continue dumping radioactive waste from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making in the New Mexico desert."

Source: AP, 12/22/2022

"High Number Of Mosquitoes Found With Mutation That Resists Insecticides"

"The insecticides that target disease-spreading mosquitoes are running into nature’s ultimate defense mechanism: evolution. Scientists reported Wednesday that mosquitoes in Cambodia and Vietnam increasingly carry a mutation that makes them resistant to a commonly deployed insecticide."

Source: Washington Post, 12/22/2022

"What Congress’s Spending Bill Includes For Energy, Sustainability"

"Congress has released a $1.7 trillion bill to fund the government for fiscal 2023. ... The mammoth funding package includes boosts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and billions in natural disaster aid, among other provisions."

Source: The Hill, 12/22/2022

"E.P.A. Tightens Rules on Pollution From Vans, Buses and Trucks"

"The Biden administration on Tuesday strengthened limits on smog-forming pollution from buses, delivery vans, tractor-trailers and other trucks, the first time in more than 20 years that tailpipe standards have been tightened for heavy-duty vehicles."

Source: NYTimes, 12/21/2022

"EPA Overhauls Chemical Reviews To Boost Transparency"

"EPA is taking steps to heighten transparency around its review process for new chemicals, amid an outpouring of criticism from advocates and watchdog groups who have called on the Biden administration to prioritize targeting toxic substances."

Source: E&E News, 12/20/2022

"Chilkat Indian Village Says Alaska Mine Poses Risk To Watershed"

"The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan is challenging a state permit approving construction of a gold and metals mine that would tunnel under the Saksaia Glacier on 6,100-foot Flower Mountain near the headwaters of the Chilkat River watershed."

Source: States Newsroom, 12/19/2022

Illinois Failed To Act on PFAS in Mississippi River For Over a Decade

"Alarmed by the threats to public health, Minnesota officials pressured 3M to dramatically reduce pollution released into the Mississippi River at its manufacturing plant southeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the global conglomerate pioneered the highly toxic, almost indestructible chemicals after World War II."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/19/2022

China’s Return To Wildlife Farming Risks Global Health And Biodiversity

"China appears to be weakening its post-Covid restrictions on the farming of wildlife such as porcupines, civets and bamboo rats, which raises a new risk to public health and biodiversity, warn NGOs and experts."

Source: Guardian, 12/16/2022

"$698M Deal To End Monsanto PCB Pollution Lawsuit In Oregon"

"Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, will pay Oregon $698 million to end a lawsuit over PCB pollution associated with products made by Monsanto, the agriculture giant it now owns, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday."

Source: AP, 12/16/2022


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