"The potential for public exposure to dangerous levels of asbestos in the contaminated mining town of Libby [Mont.] remains a concern to federal health officials, according to preliminary results of a risk-assessment study announced Tuesday, more than a decade after cleanup operations began."
"Americans are suffering from asthma in record numbers, according to a study released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one in 10 children and almost one in 12 Americans of all ages now has asthma, government researchers said."
"The multiplying sources of radio frequency from wireless devices has driven a vociferous resistance against Pacific Gas & Electric's SmartMeter rollout by those skeptical that low-energy radiation is safe."
"A national UK survey out Monday found no traces of an 'autism epidemic,' despite earlier reports that the developmental disorder has been rising quickly in recent decades."
A 14-year-old federal loan program, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, has helped managers of community water systems like Steven Meade in Atlanta, Idaho, provide safe and clean water for their customers via loans. No more. Republican-led budget cuts mean Meade's community can't make its water fit to drink.
"Illnesses in Canada's aboriginal communities have apparently become an obstacle to promoting the oilsands industry image and growth south of the border, the Canadian government has told its foreign diplomats."
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to hear from the public about what's being called the National Leafy Green Marketing Agreement." Consumer advocates say it puts people at risk of food-borne disease by allowing the spinach and lettuce industries to police themselves when it comes to food safety.
"Conservative leader Stephen Harper has declared that Canada will not ban the export of asbestos -- despite calls from health groups -- because to do so would hurt Canadian industry."