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Readers warn people with metal hip implants to have their blood checked for metal ions

“If you have a metal-on-metal (hip) replacement, it is imperative to have the metal ion test as soon as possible,” warned BJackson, in a comment on Missoulian’s Letters to the Editor. “My neighbor’s wife passed away a little over a year ago because of cobalt and chromium poisoning. .. she had the offending metal-on-metal (hip implant) removed and a new hip put in, (but) it was too late for her. They had spent three years telling her that she had ALS, but they were incorrect, and it was the metal-on-metal (hip implant) that killed her.” The comment was posted in ... 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

Lead, other toxic metals found in most lipstick samples, study finds

When it comes to potentially dangerous consumer products, one of the last things that may come to mind is lipstick, yet a recent study found that many samples randomly gathered from their owners tested positive for toxic metals, including lead and cadmium, which in small amounts can have an adverse effect on health. Although researchers found traces of the lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and manganese in all of the lipstick and lip gloss samples they tested, some contained levels high enough to pose a serious health risk if used frequently. Researchers found that women who applied lipstick two or three ... Read More

Duke Energy says customers will pay its hefty coal ash cleanup costs

Duke Energy’s CEO Lynn Good said that its customers will pay the costs of cleaning up dozens of the company’s toxic waste sites throughout North Carolina, many of which are contaminating the groundwater with arsenic and heavy metals. Last week, a North Carolina Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the Southern Environmental Law Center, ordering Duke to take “immediate action” to stop its 33 coal ash ponds across the state from further contaminating the groundwater with arsenic, mercury, lead, and several other toxic heavy metals and contaminants. The order was issued after one of Duke’s coal ash ponds spilled ... Read More

Toxic coal ash sludge blankets more than 70 miles of riverbed, lake bottoms

While North Carolina environmental regulators have been downplaying the risks posed by Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill, U.S. officials said Tuesday that the highly toxic coal ash has coated the bottom of the Dan River up to 70 miles downstream of the spill site. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that near Duke Energy’s Dan River facility, the toxic sludge has formed a giant pile 75 feet long and 5 feet deep. More than 82,000 tons of coal ash containing arsenic, heavy metals, and other toxins flowed into the Dan River Feb. 2 from a 27-acre ash pond ... Read More

N.C. toxic coal ash cleanup mired in political interests

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources asked a judge last week to throw out its own proposed settlement with Duke Energy over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plants. The state agency requested the action the day after an Associated Press (AP) story was published, describing the settlement as a “sweetheart deal” between state regulators and Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electrical company. The proposed settlement would have had Duke pay fines of just $99,111 for pollution that spilled from coal ash dumps in Asheville and Charlotte. State regulators and Duke reached the settlement before ... Read More

North Carolina power plant spills tons of toxic coal ash into river

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte-based energy supplier blamed a broken storm water pipe at a shuttered power plant for spilling up to 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River near the Virginia border. Duke Energy Corp. said that coal ash, a waste product created  by burning coal to generate electricity, spilled into the river from a 27-acre ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station about 30 miles north of Greensboro. The plant has been inactive since 2012, but the site was never cleaned up. The company said that a 48-inch pipe underneath the ash pond broke ... Read More

IOM to make recommendations on FDA medical device approval process

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week is expected to offer advice on the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track process by which medical devices are approved for use in patients in hopes of cutting down on injuries and recalls. The accelerated approval process, known as 510(k) is widely used by the agency to get much-needed medical devices on the market. It is allowed on devices that are considered “substantially equivalent” to existing products. About 3,000 products are approved by the FDA through this process each year. Critics say this accelerated approval process puts medical devices on the market before they ... Read More

Patients with metal artificial hips may have case against manufacturer

About a thousand lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics over its defective ASR hip replacement system, which caused patients pain, disability and additional surgeries. However, the company refuses to compensate patients for anything more than their medical expenses. Soon after the DePuy metal-on-metal artificial hip hit the market in 2006, reports of premature failures began to pour in. The devices were loosening, dislocating and fracturing. Patients were also testing positive for metallosis, a blood poisoning caused by bits of metal from the device leaching into the bloodstream. By fall of 2010, DePuy had little choice ... Read More

Employee benefits fund files suit against artificial hip maker

A fund that manages health benefits for 25 towns in northern New Jersey has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that medical device manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics continued to market its ASR hip replacement system in the United States even after learning that the device was defective and causing patients unnecessary pain and suffering. The North Jersey Municipal Employee Benefits Fund filed the class action lawsuit last month, and is asking the court to order DePuy to cover any of its members who may have been affected by the recall of the faulty device as well as allow the ... Read More