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Research Aims to Reduce Toxics Used in Manufacturing (02/14/2017)
Here's a fact that may surprise you: In 2013, Massachusetts manufacturers used more than 57 million pounds of methanol. The toxic alcohol, linked to reproduction and other health concerns, is found in products such as windshield washer fluid and used as industrial solvents in manufacturing.

DuPont to pay $670 million to settle C8 lawsuits (02/14/2017)
DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours will pay $670 million to settle a decades-old battle over C8, a chemical it used to make Teflon, and which has been linked to a host of health problems including cancer. The settlement announced Monday affects more than 3,500 personal-injury claims by residents in Ohio and West Virginia. It also could impact complaints over the use of the chemical elsewhere in the United States and other countries. The settlement includes $1.6 million that will be paid to each of 270 plaintiffs with cancers, the most serious of six illnesses linked to the chemical.

NYS DEC Announces New Sea-Level Rise Projection Regulation for New York (02/08/2017)
The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that New York has adopted official sea-level rise projections that will help state agencies and coastal communities better plan for the impacts of a changing climate. "New York is already experiencing the impacts of our changing climate in the form of severe storms and weather events, and our sea levels are rising about two times faster than the global average," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership and the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, New York is out in front, building resiliency into permitting and funding actions, and providing key information, like sea-level rise projections, to help local governments, business owners, and planners ensure public safety and prevent the loss of property and services."

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife (02/02/2017)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.--Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising reductions. Scientists are still trying to figure out what's going on, but one of the suspected culprits in reversing decades of mercury reductions in wildlife is a climate change-induced increase in water temperatures. Mercury is a known toxic--in wildlife it impairs reproduction, growth, behavior, or just flat-out kills them. The reports of increases are a surprise as there's been steady progress on mercury since the 1970s. Fewer domestic coal plants, accountable for about half of U.S. mercury emissions, helped decrease pollution.

For the First Time in 40 Years EPA to Put in Place a Process to Evaluate Chemicals that May Pose Risk (01/13/2017)
WASHINGTON--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving swiftly to propose how it will prioritize and evaluate chemicals, given that the final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law's enactment, or before June 22, 2017. "After 40 years we can finally address chemicals currently in the marketplace," said Jim Jones, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Today's action will set into motion a process to quickly evaluate chemicals and meet deadlines required under, and essential to, implementing the new law."


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