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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

"Robert Taylor isn't sure why he's alive. "My mother succumbed to bone cancer. My brother had lung cancer," he ticks them off on his fingers. "My sister, I think it was cervical cancer. My nephew lung cancer." A favorite cousin. That cousin's son. Both neighbors on one side, one neighbor on the other. "And here [...]

Trump nominates Dow Chemicals lawyer to oversee EPA toxic waste program

  "Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Dow Chemicals lawyer to head-up an Environmental Protection Agency unit that oversees hazardous waste disposal and chemical spills from toxic“Superfund” sites. Dow Chemicals facilities are involved in dozens of Superfund projects. Dow had accrued $219 million in accrued obligations for remediating Superfund sites, according to the company’s fourth [...]

Cleaning products damage women’s lungs as badly as a 20-a-day cigarette habit

Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen found that lung function decline in women regularly using cleaning products was equivalent over the period to those with a 20 cigarettes a day smoking habit. "When you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it [...]

Did Flint’s Water Crisis Damage Kids’ Brains?

"Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley recently noticed a startling fact about kids in the lead-poisoned city of Flint, Michigan: They have become increasingly bad at reading since the water crisis began in 2014. A state government report showed that, from the year 2014 to the year 2017, third-grade reading proficiency in the city dropped [...]

A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

The small white and maroon trucks that deliver the waste often come at night, she says. They contain what regulatory agencies innocently refer to as produced water, or brine, a slurry generated during fracking operations that can contain more than 1,100 chemicals and which is carcinogenic, flammable, and radioactive. Garman says she and her son [...]

EPA official says Trump needs plan for climate change threat to Superfund sites

A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. "We have to respond to climate change, that's just part of our mission set," [...]

Legal levels of air pollution are killing the elderly

"A new body of emerging research shows that people are dying prematurely from breathing the air even in places where air pollution levels were deemed “safe” by the US." “We found that the mortality rate increases almost linearly as air pollution increases,” Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics at Harvard’s school of public health, and a [...]

Nine Reasons to Be Optimistic About Climate Change in 2018

"There’s really no way around it: This was an awful year for climate change. And much—but not all—of that is due to Donald Trump. In his first year as president, Trump staffed his administration with climate deniers and fossil fuel allies, began the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement, and basically [...]

Environmental justice takes center stage at the Clean Power Plan hearing

"CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Jacqui Patterson, director of the environmental and climate justice program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), began her testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on Wednesday with a story about her father. Years ago, Patterson said, her father developed a cough that slowly but [...]

Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

Life in Cancer Alley--- "‘You can’t eat nothing off the ground anymore’ explained one local resident, who like many in this area, has seen the local ecology slowly degenerate over the years. Residents spoke about sludge-like residue that hangs around the bottom of trees, and of plants flowering out of season, or not at all. Others [...]