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Proposed rules on chemicals of concern, chemical identity pulled from OMB Review

by Bloomberg BNA  (Sep. 9, 2013)

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have established a chemicals of concern list and another proposed rule that would have required manufacturers to disclose the identity of chemicals they would like to make or sell in the United States. EPA withdrew the proposed rules from the Office of Management and ...

Air quality in Europe: pollution levels have dropped, but health concerns remain

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 9, 2014)

Some progress has been made towards improving air quality in Europe with levels of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzene all falling substantially in recent years, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. However, threats to human health and ecosystems remain, and urban citizens’ exposure to high levels of ...

Vapor Intrusion Issues Concern Nebraska Residents

by EMSL Analytical, Inc.  (Jun. 13, 2012)

Nebraska health officials identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the water wells of Columbus, NE in 1983. Beginning in 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began implementing procedures to reduce the levels of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) that were found in the area.   Recently, the EPA announced plans to tear down ...

DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn`t taint water

by Associated Press  (Jul. 22, 2013)

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced ...

Water leaders urge passage of infrastructure legislation on Capitol Hill

by American Water Works Association (AWWA)  (Apr. 1, 2014)

With pivotal water infrastructure legislation in the balance, more than 130 water utility leaders from 46 states traveled to Capitol Hill today to advocate for the creation of a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority during the American Water Works Association’s Water Matters! Fly In. The fly in event comes as AWWA releases ...

Fracking water quality concerns

by WaterLink International  (Aug. 9, 2010)

The extraction of natural gas from deep shale formation requires the use of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking', which involves injecting water and chemicals to rupture deep shale. A predicted boom in Michigan has raised public concerns about water supply, use and contamination. A new natural gas exploration and production boom could be ...

Dangerous Chemicals from Vinyl Flooring & Wallpaper Raise Concerns

by EMSL Analytical, Inc.  (Oct. 21, 2010)

EMSL Analytical provides phthalates and formaldehyde testing services to determine if the chemical is present in products and indoor environments to protect the public from exposure and health risks. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 20th, 2010 This week MSNBC reported the results of an environmental group’s testing of more than 2,000 wallpapers and ...

Rising levels of plastic waste on Arctic seafloor a cause for concern

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 17, 2013)

Recent research reveals that even remote areas of the oceans are affected by increasing levels of plastic waste on the seafloor. The study found that quantities of litter from human activities, mostly plastic, on the seabed of an isolated Arctic site, doubled from 2002 to 2011. Around 60% of the Earth’s surface is covered by the seafloor, ...

NRDC Report: Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

by Natural Resources Defense Council  (Apr. 7, 2014)

Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found. The food safety protection system is marred by minimal supervision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, rife with apparent conflicts of ...

California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Mancozeb

by EMSL Analytical, Inc.  (Apr. 2, 2012)

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of ...

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