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What stunk up Northside? Officials think it was asphalt, engineers say it can’t be

CINCINNATI — “Something stunk up Northside on Tuesday morning. Officials said it’s likely asphalt, but a city engineer said the paving didn’t begin until after the smell was reported. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency got its first of nine complaints at about 8 a.m. Most were centered around Northside, […]

An aeration pond in Crossett, Arkansas, part of a waste-treatment system used by a Koch-owned paper company.	PHOTOGRAPH BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI / COURTESY COMPANY TOWN
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A whistle-blower accuses the Kochs of “poisoning” an Arkansas town

CROSSETT, AR — “This summer, [Dickie Guice, who worked as a safety coördinator at a large Koch-owned paper plant in Arkansas] decided to speak out about the paper mill in Crossett, a working-class town of some fifty-two hundred residents ten miles north of the Louisiana border.* The mill is run […]

Using data from the EPA, researchers mapped areas of the country where high levels of polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have surfaced in drinking water supplies. (Courtesy Xindi Hu)
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Researchers find unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans

WASHINGTON, DC — “The federal government does not currently regulate PFAS chemicals. But they are on the EPA’s list of “unregulated contaminants” that the agency monitors, with the goal of restricting those that most endanger public health. Partly because the rules that it must follow are complicated and contentious, officials have failed to […]

Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability
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Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability

CHARLESTON, WV — “It’s time to get to the bottom of how DuPont Co.’s spinoff of part of its holdings and its nearly completed merger with Dow Chemical Co. affect the liabilities related to water contamination with and human illnesses potentially caused by the manufacturing giant’s C8 chemical, a federal […]

Kroger should stop selling canned goods with toxic chemicals in the linings, UC Professor Heather Zoller says
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Kroger should stop selling canned goods with toxic chemicals in the linings, UC Professor Heather Zoller says

CINCINNATI — “As the largest grocery chain in the U.S., Kroger has the market power to have toxic chemicals like BPA removed from food packaging and products sold in its stores. To its credit, Kroger has recognized this is a problem and pledged action on BPA. Five years ago, Kroger […]

A series of lawsuits contend that DuPont's Washington Works chemical plant on the Ohio River west of Parkersburg, West Virgina dumped toxins into the river that have sickened thousands of people. photo: Craig Holman | Dispatch  photo
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DuPont loses another ‘bellwether’ C8 lawsuit

COLUMBUS — “David Freeman hugged Michael Papantonio after a federal court jury awarded him $5.1 million on Wednesday in his lawsuit against DuPont. The Marietta College professor might give his attorney a bear hug later this week after the same jury, which decided the company had acted with malice when […]

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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Protesters gather outside Kroger shareholder’s meeting

OVER-THE-RHINE — “The songs and chants of a group of about 50 protesters marching on the Kroger shareholder meeting at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts echoed up and down Central Parkway Thursday morning. The protesters marched in the name of consumer’s and farm worker’s rights. It would have been […]

Our bodies have so many more cancer-causing chemicals than we thought
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Our bodies have so many more cancer-causing chemicals than we thought

WASHINGTON, DC — “An estimated 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016. While some of this is rooted in sheer genetics, many of these cases may be sparked by substances in the air, soil, food, and materials around us. A new report released today by the Environmental […]

Sweeping overhaul of nation’s chemical-safety laws clears final legislative hurdle
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Sweeping overhaul of nation’s chemical-safety laws clears final legislative hurdle

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Senate passed legislation Tuesday evening that will overhaul the way the federal government regulates every chemical sold on the market in the United States. The bipartisan accord represents the most sweeping environmental measure to pass Congress in a quarter-century. The bill, which drew support from the […]

Ohio Consumer and health advocates call on Kroger to ban toxic BPA in canned foods
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Ohio Consumer and health advocates call on Kroger to ban toxic BPA in canned foods

CINCINNATI —Concerned parents and local health advocates from Ohio Citizen Action today joined a national movement to urge major grocery chain Kroger to stop selling canned foods packaged with toxic bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and […]