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DOJ Sues ‘Cancer Alley’ Chemical Company Over High Cancer Risks

DOJ Sues ‘Cancer Alley’ Chemical Company Over High Cancer Risks

Federal authorities are cracking down on chemical manufacturers along Louisiana’s notorious “Cancer Alley” in an effort to reduce hazardous chemical emissions that pose an imminent health hazard to nearby communities.

The legal action comes after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened a series of civil rights investigations into Louisiana state agencies over permitting...

5 Ways to Lower Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

Reduce Toxic Chemical Exposure

5 Ways to Lower Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

Washing your hands is considered one of the most effective ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of common diseases. But if your soap, like many personal care products on the market, contains hazardous chemicals, simple actions like getting clean may cause harm over time.

Why Do Personal Care Products Contain Harmful Chemicals?

Some of the chemicals to look out for have...

Researchers Perform World’s First Stem Cell Treatment During Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

Stem Cell Treatment for Spina Bifida

Researchers Perform World’s First Stem Cell Treatment During Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

News of a wanted pregnancy can be the most wonderful of tidings an expectant couple can get. In most cases, that joy continues throughout the pregnancy. However, some expectant and new parents get news of birth defects, such as spina bifida, that can dampen their joy.

Doctors and medical researchers continually work to create treatments that can help minimize the effects of these birth...

Freshwater Fish “Forever Chemicals” Contamination

Freshwater Fish Contamination

Freshwater Fish “Forever Chemicals” Contamination

Freshwater fish is significantly more contaminated than seafood, according to a recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that focuses on research and advocacy in regard to toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.

Consuming one serving of freshwater fish is equivalent to drinking water laced with 48 parts...

Poor, Minority Communities Bear Brunt of ‘Cancer Alley’ Exposure

Louisiana's Cancer Alley

Poor, Minority Communities Bear Brunt of ‘Cancer Alley’ Exposure

Much has been written about Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, a region comprising more than 100 miles along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. This stretch of land is home to many manufacturing plants and is known for high levels of air pollution. As a result of that pollution, it is also known for higher-than-normal rates of cancer, respiratory diseases and birth defects. Recent...

Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy

Pesticides & Climate Change

Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy

Pesticides are a key contributor to climate change – posing risks to the environment, public health, and food security – while their effectiveness is declining, according to a recent study.

Developed by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), the study describes a vicious cycle: pesticides add emissions to the air that contribute to climate change, and as temperatures rise,...

Workers exposed to toxic chemicals at Boeing facility seek justice

Boeing Chemical Exposure

Workers exposed to toxic chemicals at Boeing facility seek justice

A former Boeing security guard who claimed she has suffered lasting health issues from exposure to chemical sprays on the job will receive an undisclosed monetary settlement with Boeing and the plaintiff’s former employer, the security company Allied Universal.

In November 2019, Holly Hawthorne worked security at Boeing’s Everett Campus, where employees used aerosolized chemical...

Blood Samples in German Bunker Provide A Record of Toxic Chemical Exposure

German Toxic Exposure

Blood Samples in German Bunker Provide A Record of Toxic Chemical Exposure

The German Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) outside Münster, Germany, overseen by the German Environment Agency, is “an archive for samples that can be used to document and assess the quality of the environment . . . and are collected regularly, to be able to monitor changes of pollution over the course of time.”

Dominik Lermen, a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for...

For embattled Boeing doctor’s family, a posthumous vindication

Boeing Doctor Warnings

For embattled Boeing doctor’s family, a posthumous vindication

Two years after his death, the adult children of Dr. Barry Dunphy have renewed respect for their father, whose warnings as Boeing’s top doctor to company leadership about the life-altering impact of dangerous chemical exposure to employees went unheeded.

The Everett (Washington) Herald published a story that investigated Boeing and Dunphy’s early secret reports that thousands of...

Carcinogen Exposure Continues to Plague Boeing

Hexavalent Chromium Exposure

Carcinogen Exposure Continues to Plague Boeing

Workers expect their employers to keep them safe on the job. Although many industries use hazardous chemicals in their processes, companies are expected to minimize the harm caused by these chemicals by providing proper protective equipment and replacing the most dangerous chemicals with less-dangerous alternatives when possible.

Recent revelations about worker carcinogen exposure show...

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