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Minnesota might face tougher smog limits under new EPA rules.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Kenyan women pay the price for slum water 'mafias.'

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Toxic shockers: Key chemicals to look out for.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Experts say paracetamol link to asthma risk 'has been overstated.'

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

US revives plan to tighten ozone limits.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Proposed EPA ozone standards welcome, but don't go far enough, environmental groups say.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

New US ozone rules likely to be felt nationwide.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

EPA proposes stricter limits on ozone, cites health savings.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

‘Emboldened’ Obama faces promising odds on ozone.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Activists seek ban on pesticides.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
Area environmental activists are calling for a ban on pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup at parks, playgrounds and private homes.

Proposed EPA rules could hurt Michigan businesses.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Indiana ‘in good shape’ to meet proposed ozone rules.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

EPA proposes tougher smog limit, saying health depends on it.

November 27, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Kids' asthma, wheezing and bronchitis can be linked to unventilated gas stoves, Oregon researchers say.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Canada reaches out to thalidomide victims.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to EPA’s power-plant emissions rule.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Doctor averted disaster by keeping thalidomide out of US.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Poison’s legacy hangs heavy over adult lives.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

Toxic truth: High correlation between children exposed to lead and violent crimes.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

High court to review EPA mercury limits.

November 26, 2014 - 9:00am
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.

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