EPA Identifies Health Concern with Paint Stripper Chemical

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final risk assessments in late August for three chemicals found in specific household products. The assessments were done for Dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[ã]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) and focused on specific uses of the three chemicals as found in household products.  The assessment for DCM identified health risks to both workers and consumers who …

Leading Scientists Sign Petition to Halt Shale Gas Fracking for Export

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A petition created by the Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) was signed by over 100 leading medical and scientific experts urging the Obama Administration to stop shale gas fracking for export purposes.  The petition is in response to 19 proposed large scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.  The administration is considering fast tracking the permitting process for …

Eco-Health Relationship Browser

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In late September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Eco-Health Relationship Browser to the public.  This online tool was developed by the EPA Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) research program.  The browser “illustrates the linkages between human health and ecosystem services—benefits supplied by Nature”. The browser can be a valuable tool to better understand the services …

Laboratory Facility Closures

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The following article was written by Frank Jankoski, an EES associate and guest author.  Mr. Jankoski is the founder and President of Corporate Environmental Services Inc. (CES), a company that specializes in providing personal attention and high-quality consulting and engineering services to private sector clients.  CES has completed a wide range of environmental, health and safety projects for companies and …

Border 2020 Environmental Agreement

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On August 8, 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator and the Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary signed the Border 2020 Us-Mexico Environmental program agreement.  The agreement, which follows the Border 2012 environmental agreement, will address high priority environmental and public health problems along the border of U.S.A. and Mexico. “Addressing the environmental issues along the border has long been …

Stricter Particle Pollution Standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stricter standards for particle pollutants.  The announcement was made on June 14, 2012 and addresses the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The changes will affect fine particulate matter (PM2.5).  The proposal also includes retaining the existing standards for coarse particle matter (PM10). There are two main changes to the standards.  The first …