After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses.
EHS Executive Director Douglas Fischer is working hard just to keep up. His 17-year-old daughter can run a 5k almost twice as fast as he can, and his 15-year-old son passes him on Nordic skis without breaking a sweat. One thing Douglas really enjoys doing? Running Environmental Health Sciences, pushing good science into public discussion and policy.
With hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic discarded into the environment over the past few decades, scientists are now learning that what is visible is only the tip of the plastic waste iceberg.
In the course of our investigation into personal pollution from fracking operations, EHN.org reporter Kristina Marusic consulted with numerous experts in air quality, epidemiology, public health and fracking exposures.
These independent scientists and researchers can speak specifically to the value of our work in "Fractured," our methodology and approach, and the science behind our findings:
On fertility, we are running out of time.
And the growing number of plastics in our lives are accelerating the crunch.
Many chemicals found in plastics can have adverse effects on human health, including increased risk of infertility.<p>But what's really needed, panelists agreed, is education and policy change "at every level."</p><p>"Every aspect of government and of course regulatory agencies have to change," Collins said. "Advocacy and the media has to change. This is our challenge. We have almost no time."</p>
Environmental Health News' scientific investigation "Fractured" found that western Pennsylvania families who live near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.
Six women in Congress are demanding federal regulators take steps to remove phthalates and other hormone-hijacking chemicals from medical products, especially IV bags and neonatal equipment.
"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.
We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.
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.
"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."