Pollution

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Once again, elections have consequences: EPA rule cuts climate-crashing pollutant HFCs

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a rule long pushed for by climate campaigners that slashes the use of chemicals identified as “super-pollutants” that are commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The Biden administration announced a new rule requiring the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) be cut by 85% over the next 15 years, implementing a […]

September 24th

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state – along with some 400,000 residents and other workers around ground zero – were exposed […]

September 11th

Biden EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay from salmon-killing Pebble Mine

Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea […]

September 10th

Environmental Justice: People Of Color hurt worst by climate change

Historically excluded racial and ethnic groups, along with low-income and less educated populations will likely face greater harm from the impacts of climate change, an EPA report detailed Thursday. The study comes at the end of a week dominated by devastating climate impacts across the country. By  Nathan Kauffman Nexus Media NewsUnder a scenario in […]

September 7th

USGS says increased pumping in California’s Central Valley during drought worsens groundwater quality

Intensive pumping of aquifers during drought can speed up deterioration of groundwater quality, a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reveals, “The results highlight clean drinking water supply vulnerabilities in California and other western states currently experiencing record drought conditions,” according to the USGS. The study “Critical aquifer overdraft accelerates degradation of groundwater […]

September 6th

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

On Aug. 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will end use of chlorpyrifos – a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children – on all food products nationwide. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public Health Institute, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco […]

September 1st

Exposure to wildfire smoke linked to preterm births

As many as 7,000 babies were born prematurely because of exposure to wildfire smoke between 2007 and 2012, new research from Stanford discovered. The study, published in <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001393512101166X?via%3Dihub” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener”>Environmental Research</a>, found the more days a pregnant person was exposed to smoke the more likely they were to have a preterm birth. […]

August 28th

Last Roundup: Monsanto parent Bayer will end residential sales of glyphosate

In a move that environmental groups celebrated as a “historic victory” following years of campaigning to remove Roundup and similar weedkillers from store shelves, Bayer on Thursday announced that it will halt the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to consumers in the U.S. lawn and garden market by 2023. Monsanto’s Roundup (Photo CC by Mike Mozart on Flickr) By Kenny Stancil […]

July 30th

House passes bill to protect your drinking water and environment from PFAS “Forever chemicals”

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021, a bill that, if passed by the U.S. Senate, would improve the regulation and facilitate the cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—long-lasting synthetic chemicals that pose a threat to public and environmental health. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams H.R. 2467, introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell […]

July 22nd

ExxonMobil convinced the Obama EPA to allow toxic PFAS precursor chemicals in fracking fluid

The EPA approved dangerous chemicals that break down into PFAS for use in fracking in 2011, according to records obtained by Physicians for Social Responsibility and reported by the New York Times. Despite EPA scientists having identified preliminary evidence that the toxic, carcinogenic, and birth-defect-linked substances could degrade into those ‘forever chemicals’ and persist in […]

July 14th