EPA says it will start asbestos, PCB cleanup of former Kaiser smelter in Mead this week

Federal environmental regulators began work this week to clean up asbestos and potential cancer-causing chemicals.

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Toxics

Why do we put fluoride in water?

It's a 75-year-old technology. The case for it is dwindling. The case against it is growing stronger. Maybe we should rethink it.

Water

Shame of Kisumu water company destroying Lake Victoria

Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company pumps at least seven dangerous chemicals into Lake Victoria.
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Toxics

Public trust in tap water may hinge on fluoride link to child IQ

A federal agency’s preliminary finding that high concentrations of fluoride may decrease children’s IQ will, if finalized, be hard to explain to the public, scientists said Nov. 6.
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Toxics

Costs of water pollution, a global scourge, 'underestimated and underappreciated'

A new World Bank report highlights the extensive damage to health, ecosystems, and economies due to water pollution.
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Toxics

Catherine Ford: Anti-fluoride believers hear only risks, not the broader good

The result of Calgary arbitrarily removing fluoride from our water in 2011 has been an alarming increase in cavities among young children.

Toxics

Report shows 239 people sickened in Utah fluoride overfeed; investigation continuing

A new summary of the health impacts caused by the accidental release of fluoride in Sandy says there were 239 cases of sick people.
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Toxics

FDA suggests new fluoride standard for bottled water, yet some scientists believe it is still too high

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is suggesting a standard of the lower concentration level of fluoride in bottled water; however, some environmental groups and scientists believe that the recommended limit is still too high and could pose harmful effects on human health.

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Children

Calgary to study science of fluoride 8 years after removing it from drinking water

Calgary has approved a study that will look at the impact of its decision to remove fluoride from the city's tap water, with an independent review of the existing science on fluoridation.
Toxics

'An extraordinarily rare malfunction’: As unsafe drinking water in Sandy revives fluoride debates, experts say the mineral’s benefits outweigh its harms

Some residents and lawmakers are issuing calls to reconsider a ballot initiative voters passed more than 18 years ago that required fluoride in Salt Lake County's water.

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Originals

LISTEN: EHN editor discusses three important new studies on fluoride and public health

EHN editor Brian Bienkowski joined Living on Earth's Steve Curwood to talk about three new studies released last month linking fluoride exposure to ADHD in children and thyroid problems in adults.

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Originals

We add it to drinking water for our teeth — but is fluoride hurting us?

Two studies — one from Canada and one Mexico — released today point to potential health problems from fluoride, which, in a majority of U.S. communities, is purposefully added to drinking water to protect people's teeth.

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Justice

Groundwater in northwest India has a uranium contamination problem

Unlike the limits for arsenic and other toxic metals specified in the Indian standards for drinking water, there is no limit maintained for uranium.
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Toxics

Californians could vote to give themselves the measles

A proposed ballot initiative takes Golden State wackiness to the next level.

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Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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