Environmental Health

"Kids Face 'Cooking Pot for Asthma' in California'S Central Valley"

"MODESTO, Calif. – The students filing into Bret Harte Elementary School every morning barely notice the flags fluttering by the school's main entrance. There is the American flag, the California state flag and the color-coded asthma flag – green when the air is clear, red when it is a respiratory nightmare, as it so often is here."

"Coal Industry's Go-To Law Firm Withheld Evidence of Black Lung"

"BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The stately, wood-paneled chamber in the federal building here unsettled Gary Fox and his wife, Mary. Fox was used to the dusty caverns of the mines in the southern part of the state, where he'd spent more than 25 years working underground in the heart of Appalachian coal country. They had never been in a courtroom before."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 10/31/2013

Enviros Name "Dirty Dozen" Hormone Disrupting Chemicals Needing Limits

"Bisphenol A has gotten a much higher profile in recent years, as the 'BPA-free' label adorns an increasing number of water bottles and baby products. News headlines regularly hint at possible connections between BPA and a lengthening list of health problems. But the ingredient is still common in plastics, food can liners -- and in our bodies."

Source: Huffington Post, 10/29/2013

"Leaked Docs Reveal Secret Finances of a Pro-Industry Science Group"

Attacking the science behind environmental health and safety rules has long been an industry tactic. The American Council on Science and Health, a leader of the charge, has for years claimed that it is not an industry shill but an independent science organization. But it doesn't disclose its funders. Now documents reveal most of its funding comes from industries who stand to profit from its claims.

Source: Mother Jones, 10/29/2013


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