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Posts Tagged ‘toxic exposure’

EPA Urged to Use TSCA Authority on PFAS Maker The Chemours Co.

EPA Urged to Use TSCA Authority on PFAS Maker The Chemours Co.

(Westlaw Today – Reuters) Enviros to EPA: Use novel power to get industry to pay for PFAS research.

Public health and environmental groups in a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court say the Environmental Protection Agency should utilize its untapped power under section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to order a chemical company to subsidize...

The Great Smog of London – Dealing with Human-Made Pollution

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The Great Smog of London – Dealing with Human-Made Pollution

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 7 million people die every year worldwide due to air pollution. It is a regrettable fact that the majority of the global population does not breathe in air that meets the scientific standard of “clean.” What is even more unfortunate is that the hopeful prospect of government-led clean air reform continues to be so...

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy — Death Following Corporate Neglect

The Bhopal India Gas Tragedy at Union Carbide pesticide factory

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy — Death Following Corporate Neglect

On the fateful night of December 2, 1984 and into the morning of December 3, 1984, the worst industrial incident in world history took place in Bhopal, India. The small Indian city was home to the Union Carbide factory, a pesticide plant that spewed 40 tons of toxic gas and scorched the throats, eyes, and lives of Bhopal’s residents. The tragic event immediately killed more than 3,800...

Further Proceedings Postponed After Fluoride Trial’s Second Week

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Further Proceedings Postponed After Fluoride Trial’s Second Week

As the second week of a closely watched California fluoride case unfolded, Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel attorney Michael Connett and firm partner C. Andrew Waters took on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf their represented plaintiffs, Food and Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network, Moms against Fluoridation and many others. In one of the first virtual federal bench...

Should Companies do More to Curb Coal Ash Exposure?

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Should Companies do More to Curb Coal Ash Exposure?

Between 2001 and 2011, a natural experiment was conducted by researchers when eight power plants that produced a toxic byproduct of coal ash were retired. The study analyzed records of over 57,000 births that took place within 20 kilometers of the plants during this time. It was later concluded that preterm birth rates among women exposed to the toxins from the plants fell from 7 percent to...

Fluoride Trial Could Challenge EPA Authority

Fluoride Trial Could Challenge EPA Authority

Bloomberg Law: EPA’s Chemical Regulation Authority at Stake With Fluoride Case

A legal battle over fluoride in drinking water could forge a new path for advocacy groups to challenge the EPA’s conclusions about a range of chemicals’ health risks, attorneys say.

Health advocacy groups, including Food and Water Watch Inc., the Fluoride Action Network,...

Remembering The Great Smog of Donora – Taking Clean Air Seriously

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Remembering The Great Smog of Donora – Taking Clean Air Seriously

On the morning of Oct. 27, 1948, residents of Donora, Pa., awoke to an ominous blanket of smog covering the sky. The American Steel & Wire Co. and Donora Zinc Works — the town’s largest mills —  were to blame for the toxic emissions that became deadly when mixed with a temperature inversion. As a result of the toxic smog that lasted five full days, 20 people were left dead and...

Black Lung Disease Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners

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Black Lung Disease Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners

Regulators and coal mining companies failed to prevent the rise of advanced black lung disease.

An investigation identified 2,000 cases of black lung disease, the biggest cluster of the disease ever reported, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Conducted by NPR and the PBS program Frontline, the study revealed the extent of a grave epidemic...

Childhood Cancer & Toxic Exposure: How the EPA Fails to Make America Great Again

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Childhood Cancer & Toxic Exposure: How the EPA Fails to Make America Great Again

A conservative Indiana county goes against party lines to protect its children from cancer-causing toxic exposure.

An increasing number of rare childhood cancers linked to toxic exposure recently turned up in the town of Franklin, Indiana. A group representing parents in the area asked why the EPA has not stopped a cancer-causing toxic gas, trichloroethylene (TCE), from continuing to...

The Bhopal Disaster: The Human Cost of Cutting Corners

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The Bhopal Disaster: The Human Cost of Cutting Corners

Thousands of lives lost when Union Carbide’s pesticide plant, known for lapses in safety, spewed toxic gas. Remembering the tragedy more than 30 years later.

On the night of Dec. 2, 1984, the worst industrial accident in world history took place in Bhopal, India, immediately killing more than 3,800 people and resulting in the death of many more in the days and years to...

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