Burlington's PCB problem could impact other schools across Vermont

Vermont's stringent PCB air-screening levels — the lowest in the country — could complicate a future statewide testing initiative.

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Vermont city opts for new high school due to contamination

The Burlington School Board has decided to pursue building a new high school due to chemical contamination found in the existing school.

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Children born in Sarnia more likely to develop asthma than those in Windsor or London, study indicates

Children born in Sarnia, Ont., home to Chemical Valley, are more likely to develop asthma than those born in nearby cities, according to a population-based study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University.
www.smithsonianmag.com
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Lightning may wash pollution out of the air with a chemical dubbed 'detergent of the atmosphere'

The oxidizing chemicals hydroxyl and hydroperoxyl may clean the skies of harmful pollutants by reacting with them.

cen.acs.org
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People exposed to PFAS could sue for medical monitoring costs under US legislation

People who were significantly exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances could sue makers of these chemicals to pay for health monitoring, says a bill introduced in the US Congress.

www.theguardian.com
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How US chemical industry lobbying and cash defeated regulation in Trump era

The nation's top PFAS manufacturers executed a lobbying and campaign donation blitz in recent years as the federal government attempted to regulate the toxic compounds.

www.knba.org
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Wrangell Tribe helps keep thousands of pounds of e-waste out of landfills

In an area like Southeast Alaska, any shipment of heavy old tech costs more than many individuals or companies can afford.

www.everydayhealth.com
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What dog testes tell us about human fertility

Pet dogs teach us about chemical exposures, sperm health risks, other threats to fertility. Learn about toxics that may harm human reproductive health.

insideclimatenews.org
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Noxious neighbors: The EPA knows tanks holding heavy fuels emit harmful chemicals. Why are Americans still at risk?

The EPA has been aware for more than a decade that companies are underreporting emissions, using equations developed by the petroleum industry that are often wrong.

www.nationalobserver.com
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Is a healthy environment a right? New Canadian bill says so

A new law could soon see toxic chemicals, including harmful plastics, undergo more rigorous assessments aimed at better protecting vulnerable Canadians, the Trudeau government has announced.
www.nationalobserver.com
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Jonathan Wilkinson: Canadians need stronger environmental protection against 21st-century dangers

We need a new environmental protection law for a new century, and there have been many substantive recommendations from Canadians, environmental groups, industry and parliamentarians, writes Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. Now is the time to get the job done.
capitalandmain.com
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California is greenlighting oil wells linked to groundwater pollution

The impact of underground injection wells on aquifers is not well understood, but the state continues to allow their proliferation.
www.theguardian.com
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Adrienne Matei: Rates of Parkinson’s disease are exploding. A common chemical may be to blame

Parkinson's is already the fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world; in the US, the number of people with Parkinson's has increased 35% the last 10 years, says Dorsey, and "We think over the next 25 years it will double again."

www.cnn.com
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Toxic chemical 'Hall of Shame' calls out major retailers for failing to act

A dozen major companies earned an F for failing to adequately address the growing problem of toxic chemicals in the products they sell to consumers, according to the 2021 "Who's Minding the Store? A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals."
www.nytimes.com
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EPA to review attacks on science under Trump

The agency said it would carry out an accounting of political interference in science, an unusually public act that Biden administration officials said was needed to restore trust in the agency’s decisions.
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Here are the responses we've gotten so far from politicians about our study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals.

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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