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Candidates for Cincinnati mayor to meet in environmental forum September 17

CINCINNATI — Front runners in Cincinnati’s mayor’s race Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley have agreed to debate on city environmental issues in an upcoming forum at the Northside Tavern, sponsored by the Cincinnati Green Group. This will be the third annual such forum for the group, which formed in 2010 to […]

Benzene may swell cancer risk
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Benzene may swell cancer risk

ATLANTA, GA — “People who live near industrial areas where the air is polluted with benzene face a higher risk of developing cancer, according to a new study. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta found that the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was higher near businesses that emitted benzene into the […]

U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed
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U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed

NEW YORK, NY — “A 27-year-old U.S. program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, a Reuters examination finds. Under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, private and public […]

Alan Michael Schwarzwalder 1943-2013: Former Democratic state senator dies at 69
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Alan Michael Schwarzwalder 1943-2013: Former Democratic state senator dies at 69

COLUMBUS — “Alan Michael Schwarzwalder, who put his stamp on government as a two-term state senator, top mayoral adviser and lobbyist, was found dead on Monday in his home at 257 W. Hubbard Ave. He was 69. Schwarzwalder, who had battled lymphoma for a number of years, was being examined […]

Wave of opposition to Senate chemicals bill swells from public interest groups, legal scholars
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Wave of opposition to Senate chemicals bill swells from public interest groups, legal scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Dozens of public interest organizations and legal scholars today sent letters to Congressional leaders expressing their unified opposition to the industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act introduced last month by a bipartisan group of senators. …Among the groups’ concerns are the legislation’s failure to create much-needed health protections […]

Frank Lautenberg: The Senate loses an environmental champion
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Frank Lautenberg: The Senate loses an environmental champion

NEW YORK, NY — “. . . his real achievements were at the intersection of public health and the environment—especially on toxic industrial chemicals. He authored the ‘Toxic Right to Know’ act, which gave the public the ability to find out what toxic chemicals were being released into their neighborhood—a […]

Bipartisan Senate bill would give EPA power to ban dangerous chemicals
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Bipartisan Senate bill would give EPA power to ban dangerous chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC — “In a rare display of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, a group of key senators unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require chemical companies to provide more health and safety information about their products and give regulators more power to force harmful compounds off the market. The compromise bill, […]

Chemical releases disrupt lives but rarely result in punishment
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Chemical releases disrupt lives but rarely result in punishment

BATON ROUGE, LA — “Shirley Bowman noticed the smell after 8 a.m. on June 14, 2012, her 61st birthday. In Baton Rouge, where the petrochemical industry dominates the landscape, foul odors resembling burnt rubber or propane are perennial. But this odor, caustic and potent, seemed especially foul — ‘like some […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoon
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoon

— Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Escaping a toxic waste site
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Escaping a toxic waste site

How one organization is helping communities fight back against industries and a complicit government FALLS CHURCH, VA – “The woman who helped free an entire community from a toxic dump, literally rewriting environmental laws in the process, was so shy at the start of the struggle she tried to hide […]