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Study: In-home pesticide usage may cause childhood cancer

According to the children’s health journal Pediatrics, exposure to harmful pesticides may increase a child’s likelihood of developing cancer. Analysts with Pediatrics took an in-depth look at 16 different studies recording children’s reactions to indoor insecticides, outdoor insecticides and herbicides. The studies also included 1,200 children diagnosed with cancer. The most common cancer found in children is childhood leukemia – the most prevalent form of which is acute lymphocytic leukemia. Symptoms of this tragic disease are headaches, weakness, tiredness, feeling cold, pale skin and shortness of breath. Exposure to indoor insecticides caused children to be 47 percent more likely to ... Read More

Senator calls for probe into Lumber Liquidators flooring

Following a 60 Minutes special reporting that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminates contained high levels of the dangerous carcinogen formaldehyde, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is now advocating for federal officials to step in and investigate the recent allegations. “The federal government must step in to investigate whether this product is dangerous and if a recall or other disciplinary action must be taken,” Schumer proclaimed, standing in front of a Lumber Liquidators showroom in New York City. According to NBC News, Schumer is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as well as other federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection ... Read More

Carbon monoxide detectors help EMTs avert disaster at Applebee’s, can safeguard your home

Recently on Long Island, N.Y., Justin Gau and Kyle Page, both emergency medical technicians (EMTs), were walking to their table in a local Applebee’s restaurant when they noticed their portable carbon monoxide (CO) detectors going off. “I made Justin go outside once or twice to reset it to make sure it was functioning before we screwed up everyone’s evening,” Page told local news station ABC 7. However, the detection of CO proved not to be a fluke and the EMTs jumped into action. Nearly 100 Applebee’s customers and employees were immediately evacuated from the scene and despite some claiming to ... Read More

Federal court holds Chinese drywall companies in contempt for ignoring U.S. litigation

China’s state-owned drywall manufacturers have abandoned litigation in the U.S. involving thousands of American homeowners who sued the companies over allegedly toxic and corrosive drywall they claim has damaged their homes and their health. In addition to not responding to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a Louisiana federal court, Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and other gypsum manufacturers owned by the Chinese government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission ignored a $2.7 million default judgment against them in 2010. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon held Taishan in civil and criminal contempt on July 17 for its refusal to appear in court to ... Read More

Duke Energy agrees to coal ash spill cleanup plan with federal officials

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that it and Duke Energy of North Carolina agreed on a plan to clean up the energy company’s massive coal ash spill that flooded the Dan River with about 40,000 tons of toxic coal waste February 2. According to the terms of the agreement, the EPA will supervise Duke Energy’s spill cleanup efforts. The North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and federal wildlife officials will also provide input and consultation. Duke is required to reimburse the EPA for all costs the agency incurs in ... Read More

EPA human test subjects were not always told of cancer, death risks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being strongly encouraged to overhaul its guidelines for human test subjects after an investigation found that many of the people signed up to test the impact of pollutants for the agency were not always told about the risks of heavy exposure, which include cancer and death. Federal law allows the EPA to perform human testing in an effort to regulate potentially harmful pollutants. In a review of five studies conducted in 2010 and 2011, the EPA inspector general determined that, for the most part, the agency “followed applicable regulations” when it exposed 81 test ... Read More

Waterkeeper Alliance claims AGR train oil spill has not been effectively cleaned by EPA and ADEM

On Nov. 7, 2013, an Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway L.L.C. (AGR) train derailed near Aliceville in west Alabama, resulting in fiery explosions and millions of gallons of crude oil spilled. However, promises of an aggressive cleanup in the affected wetlands have left environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance questioning whether regulators are keeping their end of the deal. “The environmental mitigation was never completely done,” John Wathen with the Waterkeeper Alliance told WBRC news. “And the measures I see out here today I believe they really thought that because it’s out of sight, out of mind, out in the middle of ... Read More

EPA preparing its first public audit of fuel economy claims made by major automobile companies

Due the rise of lawsuits accusing major car manufacturers of exaggerating the overall efficiency of their vehicles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to announce the results of a recent audit of fuel economy claims made by the companies. According to EPA Transportation and Air Quality Chief Christopher Grundler, the agency intends to reveal an industry-wide review, including tests of more than 20 car and truck models, in order to double-check measurements that have been under legal scrutiny. The audit “will be very interesting to some people,” Grundler claims in response to the unreleased results of the testing. ... Read More

City of Columbia, S.C., agrees to $750-million plan to clean up raw sewage pollution

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The city of Columbia, S.C., has reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. government to overhaul its aging and deteriorated sewer system at an estimated cost of $750 million. The proposal comes after environmental regulators determined the city violated the Clean Water Act and allowed overflows of untreated raw sewage to flow into streams and waterways in low-income and minority neighborhoods. The agreement will also require Columbia to spend $1 million in supplementary environmental cleanup projects to restore streams, reduce flooding, and improve water quality in the neighborhoods affected by the raw sewage releases. Columbia is the ... Read More

ExxonMobil’s Arkansas oil spill trial set for June 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial in June to face pollution charges stemming from its March 29 oil spill that left an Arkansas community swamped in highly toxic tar sands crude. U.S. District Judge James Moody’s proposed schedule calls for the trial to start during the week of June 16. ExxonMobil faces a joint lawsuit filed by federal and Arkansas authorities seeking damages for its alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act, the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act, and other federal and state anti-pollution statutes. Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, a 70-year-old pipe that moves refined Canadian tar sands ... Read More