Should You Be Worried About the Arsenic in Your Baby Food?

From the New York Times, December 7, 2017. Rice cereal is often a baby’s first solid food, but it contains relatively high amounts of arsenic, a source of growing concern. Now an advocacy group reports that while the levels of this potentially toxic substance in infant rice cereals have dropped slightly in recent years, rice […]

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Target, Best Buy improve their standing in safer chemicals report card

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 14, 2017. While Target was recently called out for selling fidget spinners with a high amount of lead, the retailer was lauded by another advocacy group today for being among the leaders among major retailers in improving their chemical policies in the last year. Best Buy also got a […]

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Cosmetic and perfume sales staff exposed to high phthalate levels

From Chemistry World, November 21, 2017. Exposure poses potential risks for pregnant women working in retail Women of reproductive age could be exposing themselves to harm by working on retail cosmetics and perfume counters. Researchers found higher levels of phthalates in these workers in Taiwan and warn that this can pose health risks, particularly for […]

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Marathon County Considering Local Mining Ordinance To Protect Scenic Area

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 20, 2017. At least one Wisconsin county is considering putting its own mining regulations in place as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year moratorium on the mining of sulfide ores, which include gold and silver. Walker voted for the moratorium when he was in the state Assembly […]

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Investigation: Radioactive leaks at Illinois nuclear plants

From Madison.com, November 17, 2018. Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents, an investigation by a government watchdog group found. Since 2007, there […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Eliminating State Air Pollution Rules

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 21, 2017. GOP Bill Would Eliminate State DNR Regulations, Leave Only Federal Rules Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal that would eliminate all of the state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year. Assembly lawmakers met Tuesday for a public hearing on a bill that would eliminate all […]

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Documents show undisclosed EPA health concerns on fracking chemicals

From the MarketPlace, November 14, 2017. We’re about a decade into an oil and gas revolution known shorthand as fracking. It relies on shooting high-pressure water mixed with chemicals down into layers of rock to crack the stone and release oil and gas. Pretty much since the fracking boom began, people who live near these […]

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Potential Health Implications Related to Fracking

From the Jama Network, November 9, 2017. Society depends on fossil fuels as an important energy source. Although global availability of alternative fuel sources (eg, wind power) continues to slowly increase, the majority of daily energy demand is met by coal, oil, and natural gas. Prior to the availability of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), tremendous volumes […]

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EU lawmakers vote to ban glyphosate weed killer by 2022

From the Deutsche Well, October 24, 2017. The European Parliament has called for glyphosate to be banned by 2022 amid fears the weed killer causes cancer. The move puts pressure on the EU Commission which recommended its license should be renewed for 10 years. As time is running out to renew the EU’s license for […]

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EPA crews working on Gold King cleanup find elevated lead threatening birds, animals and, potentially, people

From the Denver Post, October 20, 2017. SILVERTON – A little toxic-lead pollution in Colorado’s mountains lasts long after jobs go away. Environmental Protection Agency crews conducting Superfund cleanup-prep investigations along Animas River headwaters revealed this week that they’ve found contamination at century-old mine sites at levels 100 times higher than danger thresholds for wildlife. […]

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Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

From NPR, October 19, 2017.f Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied […]

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In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

From the New York Times, September 18, 2017. Concerned about the health impacts of textile chemicals, traditional artisans are producing vivid colors from crushed insects and forest plants. TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE, Mexico — As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above the village with his family each fall, collecting the plants they would use to […]

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