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Sick Building Syndrome Caused By Exposure to Benzene and other toxins

Have you ever noticed that spending time in a certain home, building, or other facility made you feel less than good, perhaps even sick? If so, you may be experiencing “Sick Building Syndrome,” a term used to describe a general malaise linked to spending time inside a building. Health researchers say that Sick Building Syndrome can comprise various nonspecific symptoms or may manifest as persistent headaches, dizziness, nausea, sluggishness, fatigue, and other health issues that can result in absenteeism and a decline in productivity at work. Studies published by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Biotechnology ... Read More

Study Links Toxic Chemicals To Staggering Medical, Economic Costs

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals used extensively in common household products and pesticides cost the U.S. more than $340 billion per year in medical costs and lost earnings, in additional to having a negative impact on intelligence, a new study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal found. For the study, researchers reviewed blood and urine sample analyses documenting endocrine disruptors from chemical agents among participants in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the body’s hormones, producing adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. The chemicals are used in consumer plastics, flame ... Read More

Study Finds Household Dust Loaded With Toxic Chemicals

Researchers analyzing dust collected from homes and other indoor areas throughout the U.S. found that all the dust samples contain a multitude of chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health problems, according to a study published Sept. 14. Furniture, flooring, cleaning products, cosmetics, and even electronics release chemical particles that become airborne and accumulate on floors and other surfaces. These chemicals can enter the body through the air we breathe or by transferring them from surfaces to hands and food to mouth. The 15-year study, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first study ... Read More

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

Refineries Reach $425 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Air Pollution

Tesoro Corporation and Par Hawaii Refining have reached a $425-million settlement with the U.S. government that resolves numerous Clean Air Act violations and introduces a plan to drastically reduce air pollution at six refineries across the western U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the settlement Monday, saying that the bulk of the settlement — $403 million – would go toward the installation and operation of pollution control equipment at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, Calif.; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, N.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Wash. Each year, these improvements at ... Read More

Bill aims to help vets and families harmed by toxic exposure

A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators introduced a new bill April 14 designed to diagnose and treat health conditions and physical impairments in the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service. The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 calls for the creation of a national center at one of the VA hospitals where doctors can research ways to diagnose and treat the medical issues of descendants of military veterans. Each war has produced veterans exposed to toxins that can, and often do, sicken or impair their children and grandchildren. The proposed bill would ... 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

Seafood fraud harms consumers, honest businesses, and the environment

Seafood fraud is rampant in the U.S. according to an extensive two-year scientific study led by the conservation group Oceana, but almost nothing has been done to curb the problem until now. Recognizing the special threats that seafood fraud poses, some states have started taking measures to crack down on fraudulent seafood labeling and selling. According to Oceana, one-third of more than 1,200 seafood samples it collected nationwide and sampled for the study were confirmed through DNA testing to be mislabeled. Samples sold as snapper and tuna accounted for the most fraudulently mislabeled types of seafood. In fact, only seven ... 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