Toxics

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

  KARONGA, Malawi, November 25, 2014 (ENS) – Paladin Africa Ltd, which mines uranium ore in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga, has come under fire from a coalition of Malawian civil society groups and chiefs over its proposal...

 

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

  ROCKVILLE, Maryland, March 5, 2014 (ENS) – Women whose male partners have high concentrations of three common forms of phthalates, chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products, take longer to become pregnant than women in couples...

 

Duke Raked Over the Coals for 35 Million Gallon Ash Spill

Duke Raked Over the Coals for 35 Million Gallon Ash Spill

  WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, February 26, 2014 (ENS) – An estimated 35 million gallons of arsenic-contaminated water and ash has spilled into the Dan River since February 2, when a stormwater pipe broke beneath an unlined coal...

 

Toxics Pervade Kids’ Products, Washington Disclosure Law Shows

Toxics Pervade Kids’ Products, Washington Disclosure Law Shows

  SEATTLE, Washington, February 6, 2014 (ENS) – Makers of children’s products report that they are using toxic chemicals in children’s toys, clothing, safety products and bedding. The reports were filed with the State...

 

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees’ Foodgathering Ability

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees’ Foodgathering Ability

  BRIGHTON, UK, January 29, 2014 (ENS) – Controversial pesticides ingested by bumble bees can seriously impact the insects’ ability to collect food, even at very low levels of contamination, finds new research from the University...

 

Chemicals 400 Times as Mutagenic as Known Carcinogens Found

Chemicals 400 Times as Mutagenic as Known Carcinogens Found

  CORVALLIS, Oregon, January 6, 2014 (ENS) – Newly identified compounds produced by chemical reactions in vehicle exhaust or by grilling meat are hundreds of times more mutagenic than their cancer-causing parent compounds, according...

 

U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Nuclear Plant Owner TEPCO

U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Nuclear Plant Owner TEPCO

  SAN DIEGO, California, January 3, 2014 (ENS) – Seventy-one U.S. Navy sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan are filing suit against the Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, after they were allegedly...

 

Children in Developing Countries Exposed to Toxic Lead Paint

Children in Developing Countries Exposed to Toxic Lead Paint

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 23, 2013 (ENS) – Pregnant mothers and young children in the developing world are still exposed to “astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead” through unsafe paints, finds a study by the UN Environment...

 

Treaty Curbing Mercury Emissions Becomes International Law

Treaty Curbing Mercury Emissions Becomes International Law

  KUMAMOTO, Japan, October 10, 2013 (ENS) – Japan, where residents of Minamata suffered lethal mercury poisoning in the mid-1950s, today became one of the first countries to sign a new international treaty to reduce mercury emissions...

 

Air Pollution Destroys Health of Texas Fracking Communities

Air Pollution Destroys Health of Texas Fracking Communities

  By Sharon Guynup KARNES CITY, Texas, September 20, 2013 (ENS) – In the five years since the shale boom hit, the once-beautiful hills of south Texas have been transformed into a scarred, industrial landscape. The residents’...

 

EPA Chemist Who Revealed Twin Towers Toxic Dust Fired – Again

EPA Chemist Who Revealed Twin Towers Toxic Dust Fired – Again

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist who first revealed the dangers of toxic dust at the World Trade Center disaster site has received a second notice of proposed removal...

 

Carcinogen Outlawed in California Found in 98 Shampoos, Soaps

Carcinogen Outlawed in California Found in 98 Shampoos, Soaps

  OAKLAND, California, August 30, 2013 (ENS) – Independent laboratory tests have identified 98 shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products sold by major national retailers that contain a chemical outlawed in California as a...

 

EPA Selects Eight Schools for Toxics Release Inventory Challenge

EPA Selects Eight Schools for Toxics Release Inventory Challenge

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today selected eight academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge, a project that finds innovative ways to increase public...

 

Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke Damages Human Cells

Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke Damages Human Cells

  BERKELEY, California, June 21, 2013 (ENS) – For the first time, scientists have documented that thirdhand smoke – the noxious residue that clings to virtually all surfaces long after the secondhand smoke from a cigarette has...

 

ExxonMobil Sued Over Arkansas Pipeline Oil Spill

ExxonMobil Sued Over Arkansas Pipeline Oil Spill

  LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, June 14, 2013 (ENS) – The United States and the State of Arkansas Thursday filed a joint enforcement action against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company in federal district court in Little...

 

U.S. Confirms Syrian Attacks With Outlawed Chemical Sarin

U.S. Confirms Syrian Attacks With Outlawed Chemical Sarin

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 13, 2013 (ENS) – Based on a new “high confidence assessment” by the U.S. intelligence community that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, President...

 

Feds Must Analyze Oil Spill Dispersant Effects on Wildlife

Feds Must Analyze Oil Spill Dispersant Effects on Wildlife

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 30, 2013 (ENS) – The federal government must analyze the effects of the California Dispersants Plan to determine whether the chemicals that break up oil spills would harm endangered wildlife, under...

 

EPA Limits Formaldehyde Exposure From Wood Products

EPA Limits Formaldehyde Exposure From Wood Products

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2013 (ENS) – Giving expression to a law unanimously passed by Congress in 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical...

 

Guilty of Pesticide Crimes, Wal-Mart Fined $81 Million

Guilty of Pesticide Crimes, Wal-Mart Fined $81 Million

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2013 (ENS) – Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores today pleaded guilty to illegally handling and disposing of hazardous pesticides at its retail stores across the United States. Hazardous wastes and pesticides returned...

 

Toxic Waste Sites in Poor Nations Cause Child Disease, Death

Toxic Waste Sites in Poor Nations Cause Child Disease, Death

  NEW YORK, New York, May 7, 2013 (ENS) – Children living near toxic waste sites in India, Indonesia and the Philippines may absorb high levels of lead into their blood, diminishing their intelligence and raising their risk of mental...