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Battery Recycler Exposed LA County Residents To Harmful Toxins For Decades

California Governor Jerry Brown has approved spending more than $176 million to tackle industrial pollution hazards that threaten the health of thousands of residents living near a now-shuttered battery recycling plant in southeast Los Angeles County. According to USC News, the Governor’s spending plan will cover the testing and removal of lead and other industrial pollutants, including benzene, arsenic, and 1,3-Butadiene from homes within a 1.7-mile radius of the old Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, Calif. The plant closed in March 2015 after state officials discovered that decades of air pollution and toxic dust spewing from the factories contaminated the ... Read More

FDA investigating deaths, illnesses possibly related to dietary supplement

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating two fatalities and reports of two children with elevated levels of lead who may have consumed DHZC-2 dietary supplements manufactured by Ton Shen/Life Rising. The agency is also investigating other products made by the company for the presence of lead and other hazardous materials. The FDA tested product samples at the Ton Shen Health/Life Rising retail location in the Chicago metropolitan area in response to an adverse event report. The agency’s analysis confirmed that samples contained 56 times the amount of lead above that which would pose a health risk for children, ... Read More

Dietary supplements recalled due to potential health risk

Ton Shen Health of Chicago, Ill., is recalling the Chinese herbal dietary supplements DHZC-2 Tablets because they may be contaminated with elevated levels of lead, leading to lead poisoning, which can affect multiple body systems and be particularly harmful to children. To date, one illness has been linked to the recalled tablets. The potential for contamination was identified after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis revealed a higher level of lead in samples of DHZC-2 tablets. DHZC-2 tablets were mostly sold in retail stores in Chicago, but some were distributed to other states through mail order. The supplements come ... Read More

Three Officials Criminally Charged For Their Roles Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced criminal charges Wednesday against two state employees and one Flint, Mich., city employee for their alleged involvement in causing the Flint water crisis, which exposed thousands of city residents to toxic levels of lead. Mike Glasgow, 40, of Flint, who served as the city’s laboratory and water quality supervisor, has been charged with two felony counts of tampering with evidence and one count of willful neglect of office, a misdemeanor. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and fines up to $10,000 if convicted. According to the complaint, Mr. Glasgow willfully and knowingly misled ... Read More

Jackson, Mississippi, confronting Water Crisis Similar To Flint, Michigan

Residents of Jackson, Miss., were stunned by recent disclosures that the city has its own Flint, Michigan-style water crisis, which could be exposing a significant part of the population to dangerous levels of lead. According to the Guardian, high levels of lead in Mississippi’s capital city were discovered in June 2015, yet residents were not warned until February, mimicking the lax response of Michigan and local officials to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., which has poisoned scores of children. Also like Flint, Jackson’s water contamination stems from inadequate corrosion control, which allows lead from pipes in some older homes to ... Read More

FDA warns consumers of lead poisoning risk with Best Bentonite Clay

Consumers should not use Best Bentonite Clay, manufactured by Best Bentonite, because federal agents have determined that the product contains elevated levels of lead and may cause lead poisoning in people who use it, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Advisory. Exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, can lead to cognitive impairment, reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of lead poisoning related to this product. Best Bentonite ... Read More

EPA Whistleblower Complained Of Government’s Refusal To Address Flint Water Crisis

Congressional investigators probing the water crisis in Flint, Mich., say the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) punished a staff member who blew the whistle on the high lead content of the city’s water supply and the agency’s unwillingness to confront the public health threat. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released an email EPA regulations manager Miguel Del Toral sent to his supervisors, complaining that he was being “stuck in a corner holding up a potted plant because of Flint.” The Congressional committee’s probe is part of a federal investigation of the man-made Flint water disaster, which has exposed thousands ... Read More

FBI Probing Flint Water Crisis For Criminal Activity

The FBI has joined a broad multi-agency investigation of  the Flint water crisis, which exposed thousands of children and other Flint, Mich., residents to extremely toxic levels of lead for nearly two years. The FBI’s involvement indicates the government is looking at the possibility of criminal wrongdoing in the man-made catastrophe. In addition to the FBI, other agencies investigating include the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and a number of state and local agencies. The U.S. House Oversight Committee has also started its first hearings on the Flint water crisis. The ... Read More

Father of Lead-Poisoned Girl Sues Michigan, Flint Officials Over Toxic Water

The father of a two-year-old girl has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the several State of Michigan and Flint officials after medical tests revealed that his daughter has been poisoned by extremely high levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. Flint resident Luke Waid told the Detroit Free Press that his daughter Sophia recently went from being a bubbly, energetic child to constantly anxious and irritable. She also suffers from skin rashes, digestive problems, infections, inability to sleep, and excessive crying. But as worrisome as the girl’s condition is now, Mr. Waid told the Detroit Free Press that he ... Read More

Health officials find lead in medicinal clay skincare product

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use Bentonite Me Baby medicinal clay made by Alikay Naturals because the products were found to contain lead and may cause users to develop lead poisoning. Exposure to lead can cause damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems. Bentonite Me Baby is sold online and in retail stores including Target, Sally Beauty Supply, and Amazon.com. It is marketed as a ... Read More