Chemicals

"Bees Facing a Poisoned Spring"

"A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory."

Source: UK Independent, 01/20/2011

"Arizona Train Derailment And Fire Described As 'A Scene From Hell'"

"One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona, officials said Wednesday. Plumes of black smoke could be seen Wednesday morning rising into the sky beneath a trail of flames on video and images from the site of the derailment, where part of the bridge collapsed."

Source: CNN, 07/30/2020

Hundreds of Toxic Superfund Sites Imperiled by Sea-Level Rise: Study

"A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes that more than 800 hazardous Superfund sites near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding in the next 20 years, even with low rates of sea level rise." 

Source: InsideClimate News, 07/29/2020

"3M to Assess Alabama PFAS Risks in ‘Precedent-Setting’ Deal"

"3M Co. will determine the health risks of Alabama’s current and potential future PFAS contamination in a new agreement the company has reached with the state, which could influence the EPA’s regulations for the chemicals."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 07/27/2020

"We Still Have a Shot to Save Ourselves From Plastic Doom"

"The world is on track to triple the amount of plastic we dump into the ocean in just two decades. But if civic and business leaders get their [act] together to curb the global plastics crisis, we could reduce that rate by 80%, according to two new reports on Thursday."

Source: Earther, 07/24/2020

Michigan To Adopt New, Low PFAS Drinking Water Limits

"New standards limiting how much toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS can be in Michigan’s public drinking water will take effect after a legislative committee adjourned without taking action to block or change them."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 07/23/2020

"EPA Aims To Take East Chicago Homes Off Toxic Superfund List"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to remove hundreds of once-contaminated East Chicago properties from its National Priorities List to spur development in the northwestern Indiana city that could potentially qualify homes for interior lead abatement."

Source: AP, 07/21/2020

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