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High levels of mercury found in South Florida dolphins (12/01/2016)
Bottlenose dolphins swimming off the Florida Everglades, beloved for zipping alongside lonely boaters in the remote bays and rivers chiseled out of the vast marshes, have the highest levels of mercury ever documented in the mammals, researchers have found. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article118077923.html#storylink=cpy
EPA proposes adding NPEs to community list of toxic chemicals (11/28/2016)
The US EPA has proposed adding nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) to its list of toxic chemicals, subject to reporting requirements under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). If added to the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), facilities that manufacture, process or use the short- and long-chain NPEs, covered by the proposal, would be required to report environmental releases and other waste management measurements.
EPA Awards $270K for Environmental and Health Projects in New England Communities (11/07/2016)
BOSTON - EPA has awarded 12 grants across New England under its 2016 Healthy Communities Grant Program, totaling approximately $270,566, to fund community projects addressing environmental and public health issues. The projects will reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health, and improve the quality of life for communities and residents across New England.
Seven Substances Added to 14th Report on Carcinogens (11/07/2016)
oday's release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 14th Report on Carcinogens includes seven newly reviewed substances, bringing the cumulative total to 248 listings. The chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), and the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo, are being added to the list, as well as five viruses that have been linked to cancer in humans. The five viruses include human immunodeficiency virus type 1, human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1, Epstein-Barr virus, Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, and Merkel cell polyomavirus.
Go Easy on the Landfill: A Holiday Guide (11/03/2016)
For many people, November is the gateway month to the holiday season and there's never enough time, there's always too much traffic, and the most convenient solutions usually turn out to be the most wasteful--leaving what's left of your New Year's resolutions in tatters.
Building Chemical Safety Into Climate Change Resiliency Planning (10/26/2016)
Through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) is offering funding to Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) to sponsor workshops designed to build awareness and educate city officials, community leaders, Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and businesses about the toxic chemicals stored, used and transported through their communities. The trainings will build models for incorporating toxics use reduction into community and regional emergency preparedness and climate resiliency planning and supply toxics users with the tools they need to prevent industrial accidents.
Plastic substitutes and other breakthroughs from 25 years of green chemistry (10/12/2016)
This year, green chemistry celebrates its 25th birthday. The science of finding more sustainable and less toxic chemicals was once a revolutionary idea, but has since become a part of the consumer product landscape. From removing carcinogens from furniture to banning ineffective antibacterial chemicals, the struggle to create a healthier and more sustainable chemical landscape continues to attract widespread attention.
Plastic microbeads to be banned by 2017, UK government pledges (10/06/2016)
The UK government has announced plans to ban microbeads used in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2017. The small pieces of plastic commonly found in toothpaste, exfoliating body scrubs and other household products and are thought to damage the environment. Environmentalists fear they are building up in oceans and potentially entering the food chain. A consultation on how a ban would work will start later this year, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced.
New EPA Web Portal Helps Communities Prepare for Climate Change (10/06/2016)
WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new online portal that will provide local leaders in the nation's 40,000 communities with information and tools to increase resilience to climate change. Using a self-guided format, the Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) provides users with information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the particular issues of concern to them.
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