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Mold becomes latest health concern on Treasure Island .

Environmental Health News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:30
The people who live and work on Treasure Island aren't only plagued by soil contaminated with radiation and toxic substances: An increasing number of residents and workers are complaining about mold and dampness in buildings on the decades-old Navy base and questioning whether their health is at risk.
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Land-farmed salmon: Coming (temporarily) to a restaurant or store near you.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:30
Still have farmed salmon crossed off your short list of eco-friendly fish? A local version that’s available for a limited time in the Washington area could temporarily rewrite your rules.
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Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:30
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track.
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Pilgrim nuclear plant to stage attack drilll.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:30
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station personnel and area public safety agencies will be tested at the end of this month to determine how well-prepared they would be for a terrorist attack on the Plymouth reactor.
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Formosa fined $15,775 for air pollution.

Environmental Health News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:30
Formosa Plastics Corp. in Point Comfort was fined by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality for violating the Clean Air Act in 2011, when it released 2,066.69 pounds of vinyl chloride monomer, a known carcinogen, into the air.
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New data on what Greenland was like almost 3 million years ago

ENN Climate - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:29
Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything — vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. "We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years," said University of Vermont geologist and lead author Paul Bierman. The finding provides strong evidence that the Greenland Ice Sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.
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The trouble with rice.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Consumers have already become alarmed over reports of rice-borne arsenic in everything from cereal bars to baby food. But it’s not just arsenic and cadmium. Recent studies have show that rice is custom-built to pull a number of metals from the soil, among them mercury and even tungsten.
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Asthma, acid rain: Life in one of India's most polluted cities.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Welcome to one of the most polluted cities in India. The air pollution is so bad that up to 70 per cent of children in Chandrapur are suffering from asthma or some other kind of respiratory disease.
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Judge strikes down Minnesota's anti-coal energy law.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
A federal judge on Friday struck down a landmark 2007 Minnesota law that bans new power generation from coal, saying it regulates business activities of out-of-state utilities in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.
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Swim to sea? These salmon are catching a lift.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
As the Merva W puttered down the Sacramento River, it looked like any other dowdy fishing vessel headed toward the Golden Gate Bridge. But no other boat had as surprising a cargo or as unusual a mission: The Merva W was giving 100,000 young salmon a lift to the Pacific in the hope of keeping them alive.
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Unlikely partnerships spring from California water crisis.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
At a recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding signs that read "sin agua, no futuro" and "no water, no food."
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Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.
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As pesticide worries grow, 'bee safe' plants generate a buzz.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Gardeners shopping for plants this spring at Bachman's nurseries will find some new signs in the soil. The company will begin telling customers which of its plants are safe for bees.
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State turned down offer to join gas drilling study.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
A major Pennsylvania health care system invited New York to participate in a long-term, extensive study of shale-gas drilling's human impacts, but a partnership never materialized.
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New groundwater treatment plant first one without EPA help.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Thirty years after large swaths of the underground aquifer — the source of 90 percent of the San Gabriel Valley’s drinking water — were declared the largest Superfund site in the nation, authorities broke ground on a new plant here Friday.
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Fighting for breath.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Although research and community efforts have increased awareness of how to manage the illness and its triggers, East Harlem has the highest rate of asthma hospitalization in Manhattan, and ranks second highest for asthma-related emergency department visits, according to 2010 data.
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As Canada dawdles, Denmark shows the world how to stop mass medicating animals.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Michael Nielsen unlocks the door to his pig factory. He doffs his jacket, pants and muddy boots and zips on white coveralls. Then he steps into the maze-like complex housing several thousand pigs.
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Japan plans to resume whaling program, with changes to address court concerns.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
In a move likely to bring renewed international criticism, Japan said Friday that it wants to resume its research whaling in the Southern Ocean next year under a redesigned program that would address objections raised by an international court.
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Insecticide free plants hit nursery shelves to protect bees.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees. Some nurseries are offering plants that are free of an insecticide that experts have partly blamed for a die-off of bee populations in recent years.
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BP oil spill: Scientists struggling to understand effects four years later.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:30
Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and the uncontrolled release of as much as 200 million gallons of crude oil, scientists are still struggling to understand how the oil and the dispersant chemicals used to break it down have affected the environment.
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