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Water worries tap frustration in Montco 25.5.2016 Philly.com News
Less than a week after new EPA guidelines effectively doubled the number of contaminated public water wells near former naval air bases at Willow Grove and Warminster, residents lined up out the door for a public open house with environmental and military officials.
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Poor Air Quality Diseases Are Everyone's Responsibility 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Image source: PhotoDune When we think about public health, we think in terms of things like nutrition or exercise programs. Too often, we don't think about air quality, and the massive effect outdoor air pollution can have on our health. In 2012, the last year we have data for, outdoor air pollution caused 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide. About 80% of those deaths were related to heart disease and strokes, 20% of lung diseases and infections. While most of those deaths occur in low-income countries, there's trouble in the U.S., as well. The American Lung Association's 2015 " State of the Air " report shows that 47% of Americans are living in areas where pollution levels are dangerously high. Although air quality is better in the U.S. than it was in the days before the Clean Air Act, there's still a lot of progress that needs to be made. The two big hazards in the U.S. now are ozone and particulate pollution. The EPA's latest rules say that ozone levels should be under 70 parts per ...
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House poised to toughen chemical-safety bill 24.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Toxic Substances Control Act would be the biggest change to a major environmental law since the Clean Air Act was amended in 1990.
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While Nature Might Not Discriminate, the Effects of Climate Change Do 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For far too long, American popular opinion has relegated climate change to the ranks of pedagogical scientists, clearly siloed from our everyday lives. It is with this in mind that a number of environmental advocates kicked off a campaign this spring in support of President Obama's Clean Power Plan . The legality of the EPA's carbon rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan will be determined in the State of West Virginia vs. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--the court case was originally scheduled to come before a three-person panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 2. As of last week, it has been delayed to September 27--but will come before a whole court. The campaign in favor of the Clean Power Plan is unique in that its rhetoric borrows from the gay rights movement: Joshua Dorner, a strategist at the Washington political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker who has experience working on same-sex marriage campaigns, ...
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The False Trade-Off Between Economic Growth and Environmental Protection 23.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In an excellent piece in the New York Times , Erica Goode summarized a recent report from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). According to Goode: The report, which compiled air quality readings from 3,000 cities in 103 countries, found that more than 80 percent of people in those cities were exposed to pollution exceeding the limits set by W.H.O. guidelines, above which air quality is considered to be unhealthy. And in poorer countries, 98 percent of cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants were out of compliance with the health organization's guidelines. Her story noted that while most of the disparity was between wealthy nations and poorer ones, Europe's dependence on diesel-fueled autos has resulted in pollution levels that are far higher than those in North America. In Europe, 60% of those living in cities breathed air that did not meet international standards; in North America, that number was 20%. The World Health Organization's report indicates that public policy and economic choices can lead ...
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How EPA's Haze Rule Can Help Keep Our Air Clear 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If our air isn't clean, our communities can't be healthy. I grew up just outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway community to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where my dad worked as the chief scientist. Growing up in the Smokies, clean air was essential to the health of the national park, visitors and local residents, and the economy. But on some summer days growing up, although you were in one of our nation's crown jewel national parks, it was unhealthy to go on a hike, and you couldn't see the next ridgeline, due to air pollution. Much of that pollution was coming from old, outdated coal-fired power plants nearby. We weren't alone - national parks and other special places around the country suffer from high rates of air pollution worse on some days than the pollution in our biggest cities . Why are our parks and communities suffering from this pollution? There is a federal standard in place called the Regional Haze Rule that was intended to ensure clean air in national parks and wilderness ...
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Agency tells Ohio Air Force base to stop drinking water use 21.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told officials at an Ohio U.S. Air Force base to take a drinking water well offline after tests found high levels of a chemical used to fight fires. The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1OQK4g1 ) the EPA issued the order Friday for Wright-Patterson Air Force […]
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U.S. military contractor arrested after Japanese woman's body found, sparking outrage on Okinawa 20.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Japan's prime minister expressed his "strong indignation" Friday after an American working on a U.S. military base in Okinawa was arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of a woman who disappeared last month.

"I have no words to express, considering how the family feels," Prime Minister Shinzo...

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Free water offered to residents near tainted air stations 20.5.2016 Philly.com News
State officials on Thursday began offering free bottled water to people who live near the former naval air stations in Montgomery and Bucks blamed for contaminating public drinking wells.
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Senate confirms Eric Fanning as the first openly gay Army Secretary 18.5.2016 Washington Post
Senate confirms Eric Fanning as the first openly gay Army Secretary
Adovcates: Maryland omitted key pollution measure in air-quality report 17.5.2016 Washington Post
Adovcates: Maryland omitted key pollution measure in air-quality report
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: US Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Honey Bee Colonies in 2015, and More 17.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: US beekeepers lost 44 percent of honey bee colonies in 2015; microplastics might be contaminating the air we breathe; an atmospheric measuring station is picking up CO2 levels that are on the verge of breaking 400 parts per million for the first time in human history; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... We start at Cape Grim in Australia, where an atmospheric measuring station is picking up atmospheric CO2 levels that are on the verge of breaking 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. And unlike other measuring stations where concentrations fluctuate seasonally, the station at Cape Grim is in a region with stable CO2 concentrations, meaning CO2 levels in that area won't dip below 400 parts per million once it crosses that milestone. On May 6, scientists picked up a CO2 reading at Cape Grim of 399.9 parts per million, meaning that within weeks, the reading will be permanently above 400 parts ...
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No, the UN Has Not Given Glyphosate a 'Clean Bill of Health' 17.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Georgina Downs

Anyone seeking out the latest news on glyphosate will find a number of articles that were published yesterday with headlines such as "UN experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer" (first issued by Reuters and taken up widely by other news media around the world), and the Guardian's headline of "Glyphosate unlikely to pose risk to humans, UN/WHO study says".

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Avant-garde activism: North Carolina's grassroots war against HB2 17.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ever since North Carolina's state government was taken over by tea party Republicans, people in the Tar Heel State have become used to seeing their state making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. And thanks to Gov. Pat McCrory's new anti-transgender law known as HB2 -- and the federal civil rights lawsuit it has provoked -- the negative coverage of North Carolina has grown at an exponential rate over the last few months. It's certainly easy to look at the tidal wave of regressive policies coming out of the state legislature these days and assume there must be something fundamentally wrong with North Carolina -- that the people of a state which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 must have caught conservative fever and abandoned North Carolina's history of progress. But if you look a little deeper, the grassroots movement which has arisen to fight HB2 can provide an inspirational model for progressive change -- not just for other Republican-held states the South, but across the nation. The biggest ...
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Asthma Awareness Month – Show How You Care About the Air 16.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
May, which is well into ozone season in many regions in Texas, is also Asthma Awareness Month — an opportunity for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and health partners to educate Americans on asthma health risks and prevention strategies. Asthma is a condition in which inflamed airways make it difficult for a person to breathe, and smog may be a trigger for asthma attacks. According to the American Lung Association, almost 26 million Americans have asthma , including more than seven million children.  Asthma and other health issues such as lung disease are directly affected by air quality. Asthma Awareness Month is kicked off by Air Quality Awareness Week, a week that health officials use to spread awareness of the effects of air quality on human health. The week included celebrating champions of asthma education and prevention by announcing the winners of EPA’s National Leadership Awards in Asthma Management on May 3rd. These recipients have developed national models for effective asthma ...
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Disagreements stall Pentagon’s plan to allow openly transgender troops 16.5.2016 Washington Post
Four months after a deadline set by the Secretary of Defense passed to finish studying the change, an estimated 12,800 transgender service members are still waiting for new rules to address fitness requirements, uniforms and bathrooms.
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Copp's Plea for You and Me 14.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ralph Nader

The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant—and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the “dark money” super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all political advertisements, which are now flooding the profitable radio and television airwaves.

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Copp's Plea for You and Me 14.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The plain-spoken, public-spirited former Federal Communications Commissioner, Michael Copps, is indignant--and for good reason: The FCC is not enforcing the law requiring the "dark money" super PACs and other campaign cash conduits to reveal, on-the-air, the names of the real donors behind all political advertisements, which are now flooding the profitable radio and television airwaves. It is bad enough that political ads far overwhelm political news stories. One study of the 2014 election campaign found Philadelphia stations gave 45 times more air time to political ads than they devoted to their news stories which were designed to inform viewers about the candidates. Political ads have become a huge cash cow for the television and radio stations that use OUR public airwaves free of charge. We citizens, who are the owners of the public airwaves, receive no rent payment from these tenants. (Thanks to a corrupted Congress!) As Mr. Copps has written: Viewers watching these ads are provided a nice-sounding ...
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Fracking's Air Pollution Puts Infants and Children at Risk of Developing Heart, Lung Problems: New Study 13.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Justus Hayes ; Edited: LW / TO) A newly published peer-reviewed  study  concludes that air pollution from fracking puts people's lungs, hearts, and immune systems at risk -- and that the health risks are particularly pointed for young children and infants. The study -- the first to specifically focus on how shale oil and gas drilling affects children ability to breathe -- concludes that starting in the womb, children's developing respiratory systems are particularly at risk from five airborne pollutants associated with fracking and drilling. "We conclude that exposure to ozone, [particulate matter], silica dust, benzene, and formaldehyde is linked to adverse respiratory health effects, particularly in infants and children," the researchers wrote in the study, titled "Potential Hazards of Air Pollutant Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Operations on the Respiratory Health of Children and Infants" and published in Reviews on Environmental Health. "While the rapid growth of this ...
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EPA Announces Standards for New Sources of Methane Pollution in Oil & Gas Industry 12.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Environmental Protection Agency today released final Clean Air Act standards for reducing methane pollution from new oil and gas production, processing and transmission equipment nationwide.

The following is a statement from Antonia Herzog, Deputy Director of the Climate & Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

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