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Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling aging, immune system and metabolism

Most genes in the human body can be disrupted by man-made chemicals.  Göran Andersson/Getty Images by  Alexander Suvorov, University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday, October 18 Today humans are exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals. Yet the…

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Posted in Air Polution Common Dreams Energy Fracking News Radiation

Harvard study finds elevated airborne radiation levels downwind of US fracking sites

“If you asked me to go and live downwind [of fracking sites], I would not go,” said the lead author of the new study. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 A study released Tuesday…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Environment Toxic Chemicals Wild Fire

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here’s how they got there

Wildfire smoke turned the San Francisco sky orange in the middle of the day in early September. Ray Chavez/Medianews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images by Joshua S. Fu, University of Tennessee When you breathe in…

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Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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The chemical leak broke out near Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura tore through the area on Thursday, August 27, 2020. (Photo: RadarOmega/Twitter Screengrab)
Posted in Common Dreams News Toxic Chemicals

As Hurricane Laura batters Louisiana, massive chemical leak spews toxic smoke near Lake Charles

“We knew this would happen. Lake Charles and Cameron Parish are petrochemical industry epicenters. The plants, export terminals, refineries, oil tank farms are ticking time bombs every hurricane season.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, August…

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Posted in News The Conversation Water Wild Fire

Wildfires can poison drinking water – here’s how communities can be better prepared

The Camp Fire inferno spread at a speed of one football field per second, chasing everyone – including water system operators – out of town. The 2018 Camp Fire north of Sacramento burned everything in its…

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After dams fail, Dow admits floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘commingling’ with toxic chemical storage ponds

“This has the potential to be a major environmental disaster.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 20, 10 AM EDT Floodwaters unleashed by a dam failure in central Michigan have reached a Dow Chemical facility…

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Posted in Courts & Environment Justice News Public Health Toxic Chemicals Water

Court approves settlement requiring EPA rules on most dangerous chemical spills

Saturday, March 14 The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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