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Scott Pruitt, praised for effectiveness, hits procedural, legal snags in his rush to roll back EPA rules 21.5.2018 Washington Post
The delays threaten to tarnish the EPA administrator’s image as an potent warrior in President Trump’s battle against federal regulations, a reputation that has so far saved his job amid an array of investigations into ethical and management lapses.
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Hussainsagar’s toxic levels raise a stink 19.5.2018 Hindu: Rx
PCB findings reveal lake incapable of supporting aquatic life; residents forced to live with stench
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Cleanliness the best way to promote hygiene and disease prevention, also creates a sense of social well-being and good mental health: Vice President 17.5.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that cleanliness ensures hygiene and disease prevention and it also creates a sense of social well-being and good mental health. He was addressing the gathering after releasing two books - ‘A Treatise on Cleanliness’ and ‘Waste Management, an Introduction’, authored by Shri Rajat Bhargava, here today.
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Chinese researchers use waste cartons to remove heavy metals from water 17.5.2018 General News
Chinese researchers have developed a nano material using waste cartons that can remove a toxic heavy metal from water, official media here reported today. The breakthrough has provided a new means to control heavy metal contamination and recycling of waste cartons. Incidents of heavy metal contamination of water have occurred frequently in China in recent years, and hexavalent chromium, a chemical compound of metal chromium and major cause of heavy metal pollution, can lead to significant risks to human health. There is an urgent need for low cost and high efficiency technology to deal with heavy metal water contamination in China, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Researchers used high temperatures and pressure to create the nano material from waste cartons. The material can be coated with nano-scale iron which can effectively remove hexavalent chromium from water, control the migration of the compound in water sources, and prevent it from being absorbed by plants. The research,
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Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched 16.5.2018 Washington Post: World
India’s Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer.
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Thousands of fishes found dead in UP, probe ordered 14.5.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Thousands of fishes were found floating dead on the banks of the Ganga river in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district following which a probe has been ordered, officials said on Monday.
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Want to avoid cancer? Please read this 14.5.2018 Rediff: GetAhead
Cancer cells thrive in acidic environments.
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Does anyone care? A plethora of diseases near 'Mount Everest' of garbage (Environmental Feature) 13.5.2018 General News
A stray dog ilies dead, its eyeballs popping out. Buzzing flies enter its open rib cage and vultures above a mountain of garbage fly away with bites of its rotten flesh. Welcome to an east Delhi neighbourhood where the perpetural acrid smell could make most visitors nauseous.
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Toxic water fears in Pakistan region infamous for deformities 11.5.2018 General News
Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people. Too weak to carry his own schoolbag, he was taken to hospital, where doctors said water laden with toxic levels of arsenic, fluoride, minerals and various metals was to blame. "It was a big blow to me as I had to quit my studies to get treatment," Ali told AFP on the rooftop of his house some 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's largest province Punjab. From there Ali's view takes in some of the plastic, chemical, pharmaceutical and wire manufacturing factories nearby. They are widely blamed for contaminating the water local residents have to drink. According to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 90 per cent of factories in and around the city dump their waste untreated in open pits or discharge untreated water in streams. Local media first reported on the problems ..
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The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would. 11.5.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would.
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Toxic Water Fears In Pakistan Region Infamous For Deformities 11.5.2018 NDTV News - Latest
Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people.
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The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's 'red team-blue team' debate prep largely left out mainstream climate scientists 10.5.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Here are some highlights from a new cache of EPA emails.
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EPA's move to fast-track Orange County groundwater cleanup questioned 9.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

When a contaminated aquifer in Orange County made U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s list of top-priority sites for “immediate, intense action,” the local water district was quick to highlight the announcement.

But questions of political favoritism are swirling over...

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Global quantity of plastic in oceans to nearly double to 250 7.5.2018 General News
About eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year and the global quantity will nearly double to 250 million tonnes by 2025, says a new analysis paper. The new International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-authored analysis paper, released recently, warned that the 'plastic soup' contains toxic chemicals, which could pose risks to marine species and humans. It said reliable quantitative estimations of input loads, sources and originating sectors represent a significant knowledge gap, "but it is suggested that every year almost eight million tonnes leak to the ocean." It said estimates are that oceans may already contain over 150 million tonnes of plastic, of which around 250,000 tonnes, fragmented into five trillion plastic pieces, may be floating at the oceans' surface. "It has also been estimated that the global quantity of plastic in the ocean will nearly double to 250 million tonnes by 2025, which likely also represents a pollutant load ..
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Microbeads-laden soaps and gels toxifying water bodies 5.5.2018 Hindu: News
Government yet to find a way to filter out microparticles from sewage
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Third Pruitt Aide This Week Is Leaving EPA 4.5.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The agency’s top spokeswoman is leaving the agency to work for a Republican senator.
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The Energy 202: Three senior Scott Pruitt aides resigned from the EPA this week 4.5.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Three senior Scott Pruitt aides resigned from the EPA this week
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UP government to use plastic waste for constructing 'sugarcane roads' 4.5.2018 Business Standard: News Now
State sugarcane department owns 8,000 km of 'sugarcane roads' in UP
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China to suspend checks on U.S. scrap metal shipments, halting imports 4.5.2018 General News
BEIJING/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The North American unit of a Chinese customs inspection firm said it would suspend checks on cargoes of scrap metal from the United States for a month from Friday, effectively halting all imports of U.S. scrap.
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Gas leak kills three workers in Gujarat 3.5.2018 General News
A gas leak at a waste recycling unit in the Panoli industrial area near here left three workers dead today, police said. Two other workers were affected by the leakage of the toxic gas at the unit located in Ankleshwar taluka of Bharuch district, they said. They are being treated at a nearby hospital, they added. The gas leak took place when five workers were unloading chemical waste inside the recycling unit at Panoli GIDC, said Ankleshwar-Rural police inspector B L Vadukar. All the five workers inhaled the poisonous gas emanating from the unit and were rushed to a hospital in Ankleshwar town, he said. "Three of them died shortly after being admitted in the hospital, while two are still under treatment," said Vadukar, adding a case of Accidental Death(AD) has been registered. The deceased were identified as Dinesh Kushwaha (20), Mahesh Kushwaha (20), both from Uttar Pradesh, and Bhaskar Nakum (30), a resident of Jamnagar.
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