Thirty years ago, India experienced one of the worst chemical disasters in its history. In the early morning of Dec. 2-3, 1984, a gas leak at the American-owned Union Carbide plant leaked toxic methyl isocyanate gas (MIC) throughout the city of Bhopal, killing 4,000 people almost instantly.
Though Victoria was out of compliance with ozone pollution standards in the late '70s, the county now has one of the lowest levels of the smog-causing pollutant in the state. Yet, the agency is taking comments about a standard that would put Victoria out of compliance once again.
History has left it to Ms. Ambrose to finally do the right thing. Yes, she was only roused from her stupor by the insistent courage of the Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada and by this newspaper’s reporting. But now she has met with the victims’ association and says she is ready to act.
The president is often criticized for using his executive powers to advance his domestic and foreign policy agendas without support from Congress. But when it comes to crafting regulations that improve air quality and save lives, the president has a public health imperative to act.
Today Dow is engaged in a legal standoff with India over environmental damages in Bhopal and is refusing to even clean up the site of the plant, which is still leaking highly toxic substances into the water system. But it isn’t too late to start to make amends for history’s worst industrial accident.
Without visiting Detroit, it is easy to imagine a ruined metropolis, but even the most cursory inspection offers evidence of remarkable resilience. Environmental and public health problems can still be readily found, but so too can testaments to a desire to move past this legacy and create something new.
Thirty years ago, a Union Carbide chemical factory began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate, engulfing a large part of Bhopal’s old quarter and immediately killing more than 3,000 people. The city has never overcome its gory past.
It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency’s Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment.
Inuit children who suffer from a type of chronic diarrhea could now be diagnosed more easily, say doctors who believe a gene mutation is responsible.
Faith and business leaders weighed in on a plan by the Obama administration to cut carbon pollution at existing power plants by 30 percent in the next 15 years, saying it is urgently needed. Utah regulators have concerns about how it would work.
Three decades after the gas leak from tank E-610, which Amnesty International says eventually resulted in the deaths of 25,000 people, the site still poses a deadly threat, with thousands of tonnes of toxic waste having leached deep into the soil and groundwater.
Beaver County, along with the neighboring counties of Allegheny, Washington, Mercer and Lawrence counties, would not meet a new proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen air-quality standards.
Some citizens and conservation groups are telling Wyoming’s environmental regulators that a plan to clean up smog in Sublette County doesn’t go far enough.
Walter Fuller has become the guardian of Ormond Beach, one element in an ambitious restoration project underway by the California Coastal Conservancy that experts say could one day become the largest coastal wetlands in Southern California.
Many details remain to be clarified about the proposed reforms, such as the way that they’ll impact food labeling and whether more dangerous chemicals need to be added to the list of specific dangers. But the voters approved Prop. 65 in 1986 for good reason. It’s time for the government to finally give them the information they’ve been wanting.
The responsibility of the Federal Government to provide compensation for the victims of thalidomide was in fact admitted in a statement made to a Special Committee of the House of Commons on Jan. 29, 1963. It is time for the Canadian government to stand behind that commitment.
Throughout the past two decades, asthma cases have steadily increased as a major pediatric health concern across the United States and in Texas. This is especially true in the Rio Grande Valley, which has the highest asthma-related hospitalization rates for children in the state.
University of Saskatchewan toxicology student David Saunders has analyzed dust from 20 daycares in the Saskatoon area to learn whether flame retardant chemicals in foam furniture and children's toys pose a health hazard.
The public comment period will wrap up Monday, Dec. 1, meaning the agency will have to sift through the unprecedented amount of feedback as it tweaks, revises and polishes the rule to finalize it by summer 2015.
It’s a radical new theory rooted in the burgeoning field of epigenetics, and it speaks to one of the greatest burdens on public health in the modern age: obesity, a $2-trillion problem that affects some 2.1 billion people around the world.