Environmental Health

"New Mexico Imposes Oil And Gas Moratorium On State Land Near Schools"

"Members of the Navajo community have complained to Samuel Sage for years about the noise and vibrations that rattle their homes. They tell him about the dust kicked up by heavy trucks traveling the surrounding dirt roads and the smells that come from some of the oil and natural gas wells and tank batteries that dot the land around their Navajo community of Counselor in northwestern New Mexico."

Source: AP, 06/02/2023

Plastic Containers Still Distributed Across The US Are Potential Threat

"Consumer groups are condemning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing plastic containers made with toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” to continue being distributed across the economy – even though the agency is suing a top manufacturer over the dangerous compounds leaching into containers’ contents, such as food or personal care products."

Source: Guardian, 06/02/2023

Industry Documents Show Firms Knew About Forever Chemicals for Decades

"Major chemical companies were aware of the dangers forever chemicals posed to the public, years before they were forced to admit it. A new study in Annals of Global Health examined previously secret industry documents and saw exactly how manufacturers DuPont and 3M purposely distorted public knowledge about PFAS in their products."

Source: Earther, 06/02/2023

"Food Poisoning Often Caused By Sick Restaurant Workers, CDC Says"

"Food workers who clock in when sick cause a significant share of food-borne illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report, and many establishments don’t have adequate policies to prevent employees from working while contagious."

Source: Washington Post, 06/01/2023

"Peru Battles Record Dengue Outbreak, In A Warning For A Warming World"

"Peru is taking extraordinary measures such as banning households from filling vases with water, as it battles its worst dengue outbreak on record, a crisis that experts have linked to increased rainfall and warmer temperatures as the climate changes."

Source: Washington Post, 06/01/2023

"Why Our Allergies Are Getting Worse — And What To Do About It"

"If it seems like your seasonal allergies are getting worse over time, you're probably not wrong. Estimates are that 30 to 40% of the world's population now have some form of allergy, and medical anthropologist Theresa MacPhail says allergic reactions — including everything from hay fever to eczema and asthma — are growing in the U.S. and around the world."

Source: NPR, 05/31/2023

"‘An Egregious Act’: Debt Ceiling Deal Imperils The Environment, Critics Say"

"The deal to raise the US debt ceiling will have significant ramifications for the climate and nature, by fast-tracking a controversial gas pipeline in West Virginia and limiting the scope of environmental reviews for future developments, environmentalists have warned."

Source: Guardian, 05/31/2023

Operator Error Caused 400,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Outside Midland, TX

"EnLink Midstream’s Chickadee pipeline ruptured on March 29, 2023, causing one of the largest oil spills in the past decade in Texas. An incident report blames the massive spill on “incorrect operation.”"

"Operator errors caused 402,486 gallons of crude oil to gush out of an EnLink Midstream pipeline south of Midland, Texas on the night of March 29.

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/30/2023


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