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Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides  by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams | Study accuses agro-chemical industry of ignoring scientific studies on toxic impact while pushing ‘myth’ that pesticides are aiding world hunger Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its “systematic denial of harms” while, at the same...

Study Links Childhood Cancer and In-Home Pesticide...

 WASHINGTON – A new study by Harvard researchers provides disturbing evidence that children’s exposure to household insecticides is linked to higher risks of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers in children. The analysis also found an association between use of outdoor herbicides to lawns and gardens and higher risks of leukemia. “It is very troubling, albeit not surprising, to see additional scientific...

Does PEX Piping Affect Drinking Water Quality?

Researchers find that popular PEX plumbing may harm the water coming from the tap in your home. Plastic pipes generally are cheaper, lighter and easier to install than metal plumbing. So they’re the perfect choice for your home, right? Not so fast. Homeowners who installed a popular plastic pipe may want to filter water or flush their piping, say researchers studying cross-linked polyethylene piping, also called PEX...

Gov. John Kasich proposes water quality reforms to...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans would have to be notified within two days of unacceptable lead levels in their drinking water, under a proposal Gov. John Kasich plans to submit to state lawmakers. The proposed changes come months after the village of Sebring failed to notify its residents within 30 days of high lead levels in the water there. The water was tested in September 2015, but residents weren’t notified until...

12 lead advisories in Ohio: we can and must do bet...

Since the news broke of lead contamination in drinking water in Sebring, Ohio, the OEC has been diligently working on the issue. In less than a month, we’ve developed legislative concepts to fix the problems in the federal lead and copper rule using state law, and we’ve been sharing these proposals with congressional and state lawmakers. Last week, OEC’s Kristy Meyer met with the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ)...

10 of 14 Ohio water systems failed to alert reside...

Ten of the 14 water systems in Ohio that had advisories for lead contamination in effect last week had not properly notified people that their drinking water was tainted, a review of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records shows. And although those notifications were generally supposed to take place in October or November, it wasn’t until last week in most cases that the EPA issued violations. Most of the systems...

What the Science Says About Long-Term Damage From ...

Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Mich., where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may not show up until long after the cameras have left town. Lead intoxication or poisoning is somewhat of a misnomer. The levels of lead in the water in Flint in the last year or so will probably not lead to many seizures,...

Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Fli...

In Sebring, Ohio, routine laboratory tests last August found unsafe levels of lead in the town’s drinking water after workers stopped adding a chemical to keep lead water pipes from corroding. Five months passed before the city told pregnant women and children not to drink the water, and shut down taps and fountains in schools. In 2001, after Washington, D.C., changed how it disinfected drinking water, lead in tap water at...

10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flin...

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the...

The heroic professor who helped uncover the Flint ...

In Flint, Mich., there is a famous block of concrete that for decades has served as a community message board. Like an old-school Facebook feed, residents use it to post personal news, images, upcoming events and commentary in sprawling graffiti. This week, several residents went to “The Block” (or “The Rock,” depending on whom you ask) with a message. In big, black capital letters they painted: “YOU WANT OUR TRUST?? WE WANT...

The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose C...

When Marc Edwards opens his mouth, dangerous things come out. Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has been investigating dangerously high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply. “The agencies paid to protect these people weren’t solving the problem,” he says. “They were the problem. What faculty person out there is going to take on” the government? In 2003 the...

Kasich’s Ohio Has Its Own Problems With Lead In Dr...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was quick to criticize Michigan’s handling of Flint’s water crisis, but the Republican presidential candidate’s state is also facing problems with lead in drinking water. “You have to be on top of it right away,” Kasich told moderators during Thursday night’s presidential debate. “I know people are being held accountable, but the fact is every single engine of government has to move when you see a...

Two groups of Akron water customers most at risk f...

Lead in Akron’s drinking water is not a problem but it is a concern, said Willie Smith of East Akron. “This is ugly. This is ugly,” he said of the lead risk in Akron. “It’s troubling. I’m not surprised at all. Akron has a lot of older homes and that’s where these problems are most often found. … It’s something I’m really concerned about.” Smith said he learned last summer while having repairs to his water line that the line...

Ohio EPA: Unacceptable lead levels found in drinki...

CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO: A state environmental agency says a Northeast Ohio elementary school has an unacceptable level of lead in its drinking water. Superintendent Robert Hunt says the Chagrin Falls School District and the state Environmental Protection Agency have been looking into potential lead in the T.C. Gurney Elementary School water for months. Hunt says he’s “frustrated” and “completely blindsided” by the development...

Cancer preys on rural Americans

MARIANNA, ARK. – In the home of the blues, amid dying towns, gravel back roads and endless Mississippi Delta farmland, cancer grows, spreads and kills mercilessly — even the types that can be caught or stopped with well-known screening tests. Ruby Huffman, 73, got her first colonoscopy only after passing blood, and it found a huge cancerous tumor. Rita Stiles, 61, went at least a decade without a mammogram. And Tina...