Environmental health

November 23, 2017 - 10:10 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite having one of the toughest bans on lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting weights and lures in New Hampshire. The 2016 law prohibits the sale and use of lead tackle as part of an effort to revive the state's loon population. But a Loon Preservation...
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November 19, 2017 - 2:39 pm
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Five current and former students are seeking $55 million in damages in a lawsuit that says they were exposed to toxic mold while living in three dormitories at a South Carolina college. Multiple media outlets report the five have sued Morris College, a historically black liberal...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Pruitt says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views. He announced the changes on Oct. 31, saying many previously appointed to the boards were potentially biased because they had received federal grants. The panels advise EPA on a wide range of issues, including drinking water standards and clean air regulations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 31, 2017 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested many...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, a patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan. Cases of dengue fever _ a painful mosquito-borne spread disease _ have doubled every decade since 1990 with 58.4 million cases and 10,000 deaths in 2013. Dr. Howard Frumkin, a former environmental health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said climate change, which allows mosquitoes to live in more places and stay active longer with shorter freeze seasons, is part but not all of the reason. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
October 30, 2017 - 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is hurting people's health a bit more than previously thought, but there's hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said. The poor and elderly are most threatened by worsening climate...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Glenn Chin, supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, leaves federal court after attending the first day of his trial in Boston. Chin, a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak has been cleared of murder allegations. A Boston jury on Wednesday, Oct. 25, found Chin not guilty of causing the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs. But jurors found convicted Chin of mail fraud and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 25, 2017 - 8:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A pharmacist at a facility whose tainted drugs sparked a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people was cleared Wednesday of murder but was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering. Jurors said prosecutors failed to prove Glenn Chin was responsible for the deaths of people...
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CORRECTS DATE TO OCT. 18, 2017 FROM JULY 12, 2017 - In this Oct. 18, 2017, photo, Asbestos Removal Technologies Inc., job superintendent Ryan Laitila, right, sprays amended water as job forman Megan Eberhart holds a light during asbestos abatement in Howell, Mich. Asbestos fibers can become deadly when disturbed in a fire or during remodeling, lodging in the lungs and causing problems including mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material’s dangers have long been recognized. But a 1989 attempt to ban most asbestos products was overturned by a federal court, and it remains in widespread use. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 25, 2017 - 2:25 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump's administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and...
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CORRECTS DATE TO OCT. 18, 2017 FROM JULY 12, 2017 - In this Oct. 18, 2017, photo, Asbestos Removal Technologies Inc., superintendent Ryan Laitila, right, sprays amended water, as job forman Megan Eberhart bags ceiling material during asbestos abatement in Howell, Mich. Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump’s administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use. The review began under Trump’s predecessor to make sure proper safeguards are in place for asbestos and other toxins in homes, offices and industrial plants across the United States. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 25, 2017 - 4:04 am
Under a congressional mandate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing 10 chemicals to determine if they pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment and should be subject to additional regulation. They range from asbestos, which was widely used for decades in products...
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October 11, 2017 - 2:03 pm
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (AP) — The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son. The Bangor Daily News reports Jon Fishman and his wife, Briar, learned in 2014 that their toddler son had elevated levels of lead in his system. The...
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FILE - In this July 25, 1946 file photo, a huge mushroom cloud rises above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands following an atomic test blast, part of the U.S. military's "Operation Crossroads." Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands remains contaminated by radiation, part of a troubling nuclear testing legacy that continues to affect islands and people across the Pacific long after the U.S., Britain and France stopped their testing programs there. (AP Photo, File)
October 06, 2017 - 10:31 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing. His grandfather built canoes and his father tended the land. With fewer than 150 people on the remote Pacific island it was a close community, he says, with few...
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September 21, 2017 - 5:44 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to clean up a Montana community where hundreds have died from asbestos exposure. (all times local): 3:30 State and local officials have begun preparations to take over management of the cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say...
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