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Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found In Tap Water in Several States

Meanwhile, chemical industry’s own research indicates that “safer substitutes” are also potentially hazardous

New information emerged last month about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products. Water tests in several states have revealed a growing number of sites where the groundwater is polluted…
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by: Sharon Kelly – April 4, 2016

FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics

Chemicals industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will ban three grease-resistant chemicals from food packaging materials like pizza box liners, microwavable popcorn bags, and sandwich wrappers. The newly banned substances all come from a family of chemicals, known…
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by: Sharon Kelly – January 12, 2016

Teflon’s Toxic Legacy

For more than half a century DuPont hid information that a chemical it was using to make Teflon might be making people sick.

photos by Maddie McGarvey photo by Maddie McGarvey Almost two decades ago, Carla Bartlett, a then 41-year -old West Virginia secretary and mother of two, was first diagnosed with cancer – what her surgeon later labeled a “garden variety” type of kidney cancer. “I was scared to death,” Bartlett, now 59, told an Ohio federal jury this fall during hearings in the first of more than 3,500 personal injury and wrongful death…
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by: Sharon Kelly – Winter 2016

Monitoring Environmental Destruction From the Sky

SkyTruth uses satellite imagery and data-crunching to track fracking, mountaintop removal, and oil spills around the world

The twenty-first century has been dubbed the "surveillance society," a culture where police departments increasingly deploy drones to spy from above, smart phones precisely track their owners' locations, and government agencies routinely record our emails and phone calls. In this new milieu,…
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by: Sharon Kelly – October 20, 2014

Federal Coal Leasing Undermining Obama’s Climate Goals

Coal mining on public lands could wipe out power plant reforms, Greenpeace report finds

A report published today by Greenpeace highlights a growing contradiction in government policies on one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels: coal. In June, the Obama administration announced a plan to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, the federal Bureau of…
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by: Sharon Kelly – July 28, 2014

Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements

Future fracking cases could be affected

This April, Lisa and Robert Parr of Wise County, Texas won a widely-publicized $3 million verdict in a case alleging they had suffered health problems from pollution related to gas fracking. Last week, a Texas judge upheld that verdict and ordered the…
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by: Sharon Kelly – June 26, 2014

Money to Burn

Oil and Gas Interests Are Spending Big to Keep Their Allies in Office

When Barack Obama visited Ohio in mid-March during one of his many swings through the crucial battleground state, John Kasich, the state’s Republican governor, made a point of pulling the president aside to put in a good word about a topic of growing importance in Ohio: natural gas fracking. “I was telling him that what we’re doing in Ohio is, we’re setting standards so that we can have a safe environment and…
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by: Sharon Kelly – Autumn 2012

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