‘Forever chemicals’ found in Los Alamos waters

For nearly eight decades, Los Alamos National Laboratory has contaminated waters and soils with myriad hazardous chemicals and radioactive waste. Now, testing by scientists around the nuclear weapons lab reveals widespread PFAS.

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The government can’t keep up with abandoned oil wells. Can these industry insiders help?

The number of abandoned oil and gas wells is on the verge of exploding. These industry insiders want to be part of the solution.
Climate

Hot temperatures during pregnancy: Evidence for an impact on fetal growth

A large study reports associations between prenatal exposure to hot ambient temperatures and evidence of lower fetal growth among nearly 30 million births across the United States.

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Toxics

Jacquelyn Bonomo: PA legislators should stop giving tax breaks to fossil fuel industry

Pennsylvania is approaching a steep precipice, and the ramifications will be irreversible if we tumble over the edge and link our future to fracked gas, petrochemicals and plastics.

Justice

Bill to give Maine DEP more authority over ‘forever chemicals’ advances in committee

The bill is one of multiple measures that lawmakers will consider this year in response to growing concerns about PFAS contamination in Maine.
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Toxics

Data show 'staggering' levels of PFAS pollution in Cape Fear

The DEQ required 25 utilities in the basin to test for PFAS at their sewer treatment plants for three months. The results were “incredibly high.”
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Toxics

Study finds contaminated air around New Bedford Harbor

A recent study done by Boston University's School of Public Health has found evidence of air contaminated with PCBs.

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Toxics

New Jersey soil microbe shown to break down 'forever chemicals'

Scientists have discovered that a soil microbe commonly found in New Jersey wetlands can break down one of the toughest class of pollutants, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

www.timesunion.com
Toxics

A battle for public health

When it comes to pollution, the public has a right to expect two things from industry: Don't do it, and clean up your mess if you do.

Toxics

Study links lower birth weights, increased incidents of asthma to "clean diesel" cars

U.S. researchers recently linked more than 600,000 cars billed as having "clean diesel technology" sold in the United States between 2008 and 2015 to lower birth weights in approximately 38,600 children.

Children

Babies born to older dads may have a higher risk of health problems

Babies born to older fathers may be more susceptible to health problems including preterm birth, low birth weight and breathing problems.

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Justice

The battle against infant mortality in Allegheny County: Exploring the progress and persistent challenges

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider infant mortality to be a bellwether for the overall health of a society.

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Toxics

'Scary' new evidence suggests Utah’s bad air may be harmful to babies in utero

Multiple studies point to a connection between bad air days and lifelong health problems for babies conceived and or born during periods of pollution.

Toxics

Trading old hazards for new?

Industry and government officials say PFOA, the toxic chemical blamed for contaminating drinking water supplies in Hoosick Falls and several other area communities, is no longer used in manufacturing in the United States.

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Colorado needs a limit for water contamination in El Paso County.

Colorado health officials should take the contamination crisis in El Paso County into their own hands and set a limit for the allowable concentration of unhealthy chemicals found in drinking water.

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