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Plans to Evaculate Tampa?

Benzene is only one of many cancer causing agents in petroleum. So I read this with interest.  If federal officials burn some of the oil slick in the Gulf and the smoke heads for Tampa, there are apparently plans in place to evacuate parts of Tampa if necessary.  That seems extreme to me. As FEMA and […]

Smokers Face Increased Myelodysplastic Syndromes Risk

These days it’s common knowledge that smoking tobacco causes cancer, and that when used as directed, the product will ultimately kill you. When we think of tobacco related diseases, lung cancer and lung diseases typically come to mind, but new evidence suggests that smokers are also at increased risk of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Exposure to […]

EPA “Study” of Playground Tire Crumb Misleading

The polite way to say it is EPA misled parents and the public into believing it was actually addressing potential toxic exposure risks to kids/ Maybe using a highly toxic material, in a shredded form, on playgrounds, could be bad for children. Worth a study right?

Don’t Burn Tires!

A young New Zealand man, Scott Gill, was recently sentenced to community service after burning more than twenty "tyres" (tires) at his birthday party. Local firefighters put out the flames, but Gill reignited the tires, forcing firefighters to return. In the courtroom, Judge Colin Doherty said that those present at the party were exposed to […]

EPA Sues Utah Chem Co. Citing Mishandled Waste

Parish will lose this case and pay a relatively small fine, but in situations like this it’s the workers that really lose. At place like Parish an employee who regularly clocks in to do his or her job could be rewarded with a debilitating and potentially fatal illness. Sadly this is not uncommon….

White House Was Behind EPA Failure to Outline Ground Zero Air Toxics Health Risk

A report filed by the Office of the Inspector General of the EPA in August 2003 explains that the Bush White House censored EPA press releases/ When the EPA made a September 18 announcement that the air was ‘safe’ to breathe, it did not have sufficient data and analysis to make such a blanket statement.

EPA: Texas Air Quality Standards Violate Federal Law

The lone star state is no stranger to controversy around problems with air pollution. Houston, Dallas, and many other major Texas cities are found on the federal government’s dirty air list due to elevated ground level ozone pollution. This week the EPA said that Texas air pollution rules are out of compliance with the federal […]

California County May Relax Sludge Dumping Restrictions reports that the Calaveras County Ca, Board of Supervisors is poised to relax restrictions that have barred local waste districts from dumping sludge containing hydrocarbons in excess of 1,000 ppm, in the county’s only solid waste facility. The Rock Creek Solid Waste Facility does not currently accept "bio-solids," as the sludge is known. The […]

NASA’s List of Houseplants to Clean Your Air

Due to the wide use of toxic materials in modern construction, indoor air is often more polluted than the air outside a building, even in polluted urban areas. NASA scientists have compiled a list of houseplants they have found most useful in absorbing harmful gases, and biologically degrading these toxins before they can build up. […]

New Study Will Look At Toxins’ Effect on Embrios

Researchers at the University of Houston will soon be working with The Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine, and Indiana University, in an effort to understand how industrial chemicals such as benzene, lead, mercury, arsenic and carbon monoxide, affect human health. Funded by a $3.2 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, the study will seek a […]