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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...

Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products

IN recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility. “Widespread exposure to toxic environmental chemicals threatens healthy human reproduction,” the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics...

Did you know your facial cleanser may be polluting...

Ohio lawmakers want to ban microbeads in products Ohioans are dutifully tossing plastic bottles and containers into the recycling bin each week, but they also might be washing billions of tiny pieces of plastic down the drain. The microbeads that provide the exfoliating or scrubbing action in a variety of personal-care products, including facial cleanser, body wash and even toothpaste, are little balls of non-biodegradable...

Study finds toxic nail-polish chemicals in women’s...

According to a new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), painting your nails doesn’t just give it a nice coat of color— it also may release an endocrine-disrupting chemical into the body. The study found that women who painted their nails with nail products including triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) had a metabolite of the chemical in their bodies 10 to 14 hours later. Their levels of diphenyl...

Scientists Warn of Hormone Impacts From Benzene, X...

Four chemicals present both inside and outside homes might disrupt our endocrine systems at levels considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to an analysis released April 15. The chemicals – benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene – are ubiquitous: in the air outside and in many products inside homes and businesses. They have been linked to reproductive, respiratory and heart...

Government chips away at fluoride standard

You’ve been getting too much of a good thing for years. There’s more than you need of fluoride, the cavity-fighting additive in your toothpaste, mouth rinse and tap water, the federal government said yesterday, and in some cases it’s even causing white spots and streaks on your teeth. The Department of Health and Human Services released a new optimal fluoride level in drinking water yesterday — a single level of 0.7...

Popular Weedkiller Deemed Carcinogenic: Herbicide ...

The active ingredient in Roundup, one of the world’s most popular weed killers — and the most commonly used one in the United States — has been declared a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the WHO, released the results of its review of five herbicides and pesticides on Friday. The French-based agency ranks...

How Toxins Are Changing Childhood

The number of (largely untested) chemicals in our environment is on the rise, as are the rates of autism, cancer, and other serious health problems affecting kids. KIWI investigates
 this “silent pandemic”—and reveals how parents can fight back. When Josephine Wilson, 37, of Princeton, New Jersey, took her 1-year-old daughter to the pediatrician for a routine visit in July 2013, a flyer for a study on flame retardants in...

EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroeth...

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The assessment identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.  It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain removing agent in dry cleaning. “EPA calls on Congress to...