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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 […]

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, […]

Shale gas drill rigging at night in Pennsylvania. (Credit: Kelly Malony, USGS)
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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 […]

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned
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‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River. Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in […]

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, […]

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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 […]

Are you a toxic waste disposal site?
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Are you a toxic waste disposal site?

NEW YORK, NY — “Even if you’re not in Flint, Mich., there are toxic chemicals in your home. For that matter, in you. Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals — from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel — as well as neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast […]

Report: Public still not safe from West-style industrial blasts
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Report: Public still not safe from West-style industrial blasts

WACO, TX — ” The weaknesses in chemical safety oversight and preparedness that allowed the West Fertilizer Co. explosion to occur still pose a risk to the public in Texas and beyond, federal investigators say in a report they will present in Waco on Thursday. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board […]