EPA whistleblower testifies her advocacy for stronger health protections drew agency retaliation

Children's health expert Ruth Etzel on Monday testified in a public hearing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked to silence and harass her, removing her from a top-level position after she complained about agency delays in advancing a lead poisoning prevention program.

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Toxics

Majority of voters want fracking in Pennsylvania to end, says poll

According to a recent poll commissioned for the sustainably minded think tank Ohio River Valley Institute, 55% of Pennsylvania voters support the immediate or eventual end of fracking in the commonwealth.

Climate

Top Texas regulator: Reform the grid so 'people don't die'

Texas' top electricity regulator is focused on preventing another disaster as he oversees an electricity market overhaul, mandated after last winter's energy crisis.

Toxics

FDA raises alarm over PFAS-tainted food containers

The same types of plastic containers EPA blamed for pesticides contaminated with PFAS may also be used to store food, raising alarm bells at the Food and Drug Administration.
apnews.com
Toxics

Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals

Abandoned oil and gas wells are a silent menace, threatening to explode or contaminate drinking water and leaking atmosphere-warming fumes each day that they're unplugged. Without records of their whereabouts, it's impossible to grasp the magnitude of the pollution or health problems they may be causing.

theconversation.com
Toxics

Male fertility is declining – studies show that environmental toxics could be a reason

People are exposed to toxic substances – like pesticides, chemicals in plastics and radiation – every day. A growing body of research shows that this exposure is causing a decline in male fertility.
www.peoplesworld.org
Toxics

House bill targets PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

The U.S. House passed the “Dingell bill" that would regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water - and given Michigan's polluted history, the measure could have a major impact in the state. The chemicals in question are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

stateimpact.npr.org
Toxics

Group says tighter radiation controls of drilling waste needed

The patchwork of radiation protection laws for oil and gas waste in the U.S. is “inconsistent,” said an official with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, which provides expertise on radiation protection for a number of different industries.
www.eenews.net
Justice

'Burden falls on exposed people' as EPA weighs PFAS rules

Even though many toxicologists and health experts want EPA to regulate all PFAS together as a class, communities nationwide could be drinking contaminated water for years after EPA finalizes limits on PFOA and PFOS.
www.virginiamercury.com
Justice

Some water systems push back on treatment costs for 'forever chemicals' regulation

Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water.

Justice

Study: Prenatal exposure to ultra-fine particles raises a child's asthma risk

Ultra-fine particles aren’t regulated by the EPA — and their minuscule size amplifies their danger, said the study's lead author.
www.nytimes.com
Toxics

F.D.A. still lacks a permanent commissioner

With the pandemic easing, the federal agency’s long-term agenda for drug approvals or new issues is languishing without a permanent commissioner.
www.nytimes.com
Justice

Javier Blas, Jack Farchy: Drag commodity traders out of the shadows

We need strong laws and clear regulations to shed light on this megapowerful sector of the global economy.
Justice

Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history

They used their car to stay warm when a winter storm brought down the Texas power grid. In a state that doesn’t require carbon monoxide alarms in homes, they had no warning they were poisoning themselves.
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Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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