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Minnesotans could face tighter emission limits on their vehicles or tougher air-permitting standards for businesses under new ozone rules proposed Wednesday by federal regulators, state officials said.
Rising before dawn, the women emerged from their ramshackle shacks and squelched through the mud to stand in line for water in Kibera, Nairobi's biggest slum.
Take a bite out of a fresh apple: there's nothing as healthy or natural. The problem is that science tells us otherwise: sensitive tests reveal that pretty much everything in the modern world – fresh fruit included – comes with a cocktail of chemical extras.
Previous studies have claimed that exposure to paracetamol in the womb or during early months of life leads to a greater chance of developing asthma. But new research suggests the evidence is not strong enough to warrant warnings restricting use of the drug by pregnant women or infants.
Air quality standards that would cut the allowed concentration of smog-creating ozone in the atmosphere have been revived by the Obama administration, after being shelved in 2011 because of concerns about their effect on the economy.
National environmental groups praised the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday for its proposal to reduce ground level ozone limits to a range between 65 and 70 parts per billion, from the present standard of 75 parts per billion.
More U.S. communities might be required to crack down on ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma and heart disease, as part of a controversial federal proposal announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger health-based controls for smog that it says would cost power plants and industry up to $15 billion a year for pollution reduction but save more than twice that amount in health care costs.
President Barack Obama’s ambitious proposal to crack down on smog-creating ozone pollution has every imaginable prospect for succeeding: He has the law and ample court precedent on his side, Congress has limited weapons to stop him, and no elections stand in his way.
Area environmental activists are calling for a ban on pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup at parks, playgrounds and private homes.
he Obama administration's proposed reduction in ground-level ozone - the key pollutant leading to smoggy summer days - has some manufacturers taking a deep breath.
Nearly all of Indiana’s counties should be able to meet tougher rules on smog-forming pollution that the Environmental Protection Agency proposed Wednesday. “If values continue to decrease as we expect, Indiana should be in good shape,” said Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The scientific case has been building for how a smoggy summer afternoon in North Texas might harm a child playing outdoors, a person with asthma or, on the worst days, perhaps even a healthy adult.
As home cooks fire up their stoves for Thanksgiving, Oregon State University researchers would like parents who own gas stoves to keep this in mind: Using gas kitchen stoves without proper ventilation could be hazardous to children's respiratory health.
Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says she is prepared to meet with a group seeking long-term compensation for victims of the drug thalidomide. Nearly 100 victims, almost all in their early 50s, are still suffering the crippling effects of a federally approved drug their mothers took in the early 1960s.
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency improperly adopted regulations requiring power plants to reduce mercury and other toxins from their emissions without first considering how much it would cost.
As a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the early 60s, Dr. Kelsey almost singlehandedly averted a public-health disaster in the U.S. by refusing to give the sedative her blessing. Canada approved the drug, and more than 100 babies were born with severe deformities.
Chad Hinds can run from Boolaroo but he can’t hide – the toxic legacy of his first 10 years in the town haunts him every day.
While the sources varied (lead smelter emissions at Boolaroo and leaded petrol emissions at Earlwood) the pattern was consistent: the highest crime rates were associated with the highest levels of lead in the air.
The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.