Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions. ProPublica.
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It was a lovely September day in Yellowstone’s Boiling River and although no one here has ever fallen victim to Naegleria fowleri, signs posted onshore warn swimmers: This thing can ruin your day, and most likely your life. Wired.
One of the most contentious environmental fights of the past 30 years is suddenly back in the news, now that EPA head Scott Pruitt is poised to withdraw measures protecting the bay's storied salmon runs. Outside.
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder. Reuters.
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New book explores controversial weed killer, cancer and corrupt science. Environmental Health News.
Breathing dirty air and living in stress combine to increase the likelihood NYC kids will have a behavior disorder. Environmental Health News.
Cable News awakens. Sort of. Daily Climate.
Arctic ice cover reaches low (someone tell NASA). Daily Climate.
For all of its A-plus, life-saving urgency in backing up evacuation efforts, TV news still can't bring itself to even ask the question. Daily Climate.
The world’s latest carbon-monitoring satellite has advanced our understanding of how the planet functions. US politicians should take note. more…
The nominee to lead the E.P.A. chemicals office is a threat to public health. more…
Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right. Ensia.
A U.S. environmental official says PFAS chemicals found in firefighting foam are contaminating water supplies. The Guardian.
Past water tests at the site have shown the presence of potentially harmful industrial solvents. Washington Post.
Editor comments: Climate-related weather disasters are driving health concerns in Puerto Rico (Superfund water), Texas (petrochemical spills) and California (toxic air). -JPM
Original North American foods and Native foodways are vital to creating a healthy and sustainable future. more…
Home Depot is sold out of face masks, people sleeping in shelters have bandanas tied around their faces. USA Today.
Editor comments: Think health aftermath of 9-11. Burning construction materials and household goods is likely to have lasting health consequences for residents and first responders. -JPM
In just the past two days fires in California’s wine country are thought to have produced as much small particulate matter as all the vehicles in the state produce in a year. Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada.
For decades Big Bend's stunning vistas have been compromised by poor air quality that Texas, working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, is supposed to address. The Guardian.
As climate-change fuels increasingly large and frequent wildfires that hit closer and closer to densely populated urban centers, the smoke they produce is becoming a public health crisis. Wired.
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Makers of cleaning products sold in California will have to reveal ingredients online and on product labels, under a first-of-its-kind law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Chemical & Engineering News.
Halifax County, North Carolina, had some of the lowest health rankings in the state. Alarmed by this, the community pulled together to start making major changes. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
The veteran nutrition director who reformed Detroit's school food takes on a new challenge in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Civil Eats.
Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in organic production and sales with double-digit growth that mirrors trends around the country. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota.
“The American people deserve to know what’s happening to their fellow US citizens in Puerto Rico.” Vox.
Thousands of Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers now can file claims to receive their share of the $151 million settlement of the class-action lawsuit over the January 2014 water crisis. Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia.
The confirmed death toll in Puerto Rico rose to 43 nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria wrecked the island. PBS NewsHour.
A new study in Environmental Health Perspectives examines risks of exposure to prenatal fluoride at concentrations typical of the general population. Environmental Health Perspectives.
Many of the foreign-born workers the region depends on are undocumented and do not qualify for most disaster aid. They may struggle to find affordable housing. New York Times.
This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe. California Report, California, Food & Environment Reporting Network.
The NAACP kicked off an initiative in East Chicago to teach children how to test their soil, water and air for lead. Indianapolis Star, Indiana.
Researchers admit their findings need to be reviewed and replicated by others before anyone can claim to be closer to the truth about the effect tainted water had on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Detroit Free Press, Michigan.
People in poor communities hit hard by the hurricane are rationing their food, water and propane, and hospitals are trying to operate on shaky power supplies. InsideClimate News.
Study finds more frequent service cuts and dirtier water in trailer parks. Circle of Blue.
Congressional Republicans have found a way to use the federal budget to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling— and they don’t plan on stopping there. Bloomberg News.
NovoNutrients wants to replace that fish food with something more sustainable: microbes grown with carbon dioxide. Fast Company.
The Delta House floating production facility southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil making it the largest spill in more than seven years, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010 incident. Bloomberg News.