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The womb is no protection from toxic chemicals (Opinion)

NEW YORK, NY — “Until a few decades ago, the popular but falsely reassuring belief was that babies in the womb were perfectly protected by the placenta and that children were just “little adults,” requiring no special protections from environmental threats. We now know that a host of chemicals, pollutants […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.
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Nationwide testing shows many canned foods still contain chemical linked to cancer, birth defects

33% of Kroger’s “private label” food cans tested positive for this harmful chemical CINCINNATI — Despite well-documented health hazards and years of scientific warnings, a new report, “Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA,” released today shows that millions of Americans who eat canned foods are […]

Firefighters battle a blaze and search for victims of an explosion at the BP plant that killed at least 15 people Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Texas City, Texas. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Chronicle)     HOUCHRON CAPTION (09/17/2005) SECNEWS:  GRIM SCENE:  Fire crews battle a blaze and search for victims of the March 23 explosion that killed 15 people at the BP refinery in Texas City. Federal fines are expected soon in connection with the deadly blast.
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As it faces elimination in Trump’s budget, here’s what the Chemical Safety Board does

AUSTIN, TX — “Better than most people, Katherine Rodriguez knows the value of the Chemical Safety Board, and the danger that workers, families, and communities could face if President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate its minuscule $11 million annual budget is approved by Congress. She watched her father, Ray Gonzalez, […]

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Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Kelly Malony, USGS)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Fracking fluid is leaking more often that we thought

HARLAN, IA — “Hydraulic fracture oil and gas wells spill pretty often, according to a recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. That study, along with a companion paper which appeared in the journal Science of the Total Environment, analyzed spill data and behavior across four states—Colorado, New […]

Since 2012, first Dupont and now Chemours have used the replacement chemical GenX at plantsin the United States and elsewhere to make non-stick Teflon and other products. This plant is in Wilmington, Delaware. (Credit: Wilmington News Journal/USA Today Network)
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Replacement chemical for C8 being studied amid similar health concerns

COLUMBUS — “Scientists and activists who fought DuPont to stop the use of C8 sense deja vu with the spinoff company, Chemours, and GenX, a chemical that replaced C8. European officials announced that they will begin an intensive investigation of the compound next month. Since 2012, DuPont, and now Chemours, […]

Devon Energy of Oklahoma since 2011 had secretly played a major role in drafting comment letters sent by Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma to President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the then-E.P.A. Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, among others — letters that ask for actions that could help increase or protect the company’s profits.
Climate Change / Energy / Right-to-Know

The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. chief was arm in arm with industry

WASHINGTON, DC — “During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch to roll back environmental regulations, […]

An aerial view Feb. 17, 2017, shows industry along the Calumet River in Chicago, including the S.H. Bell storage facility, in foreground at lower left, along the east side of the river. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Petcoke piles gone, but another dangerous pollutant discovered in the air

CHICAGO — “Dusty mounds of petroleum coke are gone from Chicago, but federal and city officials discovered a potentially more dangerous type of pollution while investigating the black piles that once towered above the East Side neighborhood. Air monitors posted around two storage terminals on the Calumet River during 2014 […]

The DuPont name appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Credit: AP file photo
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Dupont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

COLUMBUS — “DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million ‘global settlement’ had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant. In a press release, DuPont said the […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
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After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese

CHICAGO, IL — “They thought it was over when the black dust went away. For decades, residents on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side complained about thick clouds of black dust blowing across their neighborhoods, through their windows and even into their mouths. The dust came from uncovered piles of coal and petroleum coke, […]