June 24, 2014 - Rossen Reports: Germs Lurk at Airports, on Planes
In the first installment of a three-part series on germs and summer travel, Jeff Rossen and his investigative team find that high levels of bacteria may await airline passengers.
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May 20, 2014 - Deteriorating Environment Threatens Human Health Worldwide
"Our planet, our planet, is losing its capacity to sustain human life in good health," Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization warned Monday at the opening session of the annual World Health Assembly in Geneva.
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April 29, 2014 - U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the U.S. EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a clean air standard that requires 28 states in the East, Midwest, and South to cut emissions of pollutants from coal-fired power plants that cross state lines and degrade air quality in downwind states.
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March 11, 2014 - Seafood Mercury Levels Trigger Federal Lawsuit Against FDA
Consumer protection and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to respond to a July 2011 petition which asked the agency to give consumers clear, accurate and accessible information about toxic mercury in the seafood they eat.
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February 9, 2014 - The Vortex Project Transforms Ocean Plastic into Fashion
People who love the oceans and people who love fashion have joined forces in The Vortex Project, a new initiative to clear the oceans of plastic debris and transform it into fashionable denim garments.
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February 4, 2014 - EPA Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule
In marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama's climate change legacy.
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January 27, 2014 - Inside City's Water Tanks, Layers of Neglect
Rooftop water towers are the primary source of drinking water for many New Yorkers, yet frequently they are poorly maintained, and present a potential health hazard.
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January 8, 2014 - As Winter Takes Hold, Plunging Temperatures Test Utilities
The short-term price of natural gas in the Northeast eased on Wednesday after surging during the cold snap this week, but many consumers face the prospect of higher bills as utilities seek to pass along the added costs.
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November 18, 2013 - Global Roadmap to Life-Saving Fuel and Vehicle Standards
Just extending the emissions and fuel-quality standards already in force in the world's largest vehicle markets could avert more than 210,000 early deaths in 2030, finds a new report by the nonprofit International Council on Clean Transportation.
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November 15, 2013 - America Recycles Today
The average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash a day, and as a whole the United States produces more than 250 million tons of trash a year. Yet more of that trash is recycled each year.
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November 1, 2013 - Obama Creates Interagency Council and Task Force on Climate
To prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change already being felt across the country, President Barack Obama today established an interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired by the White House and composed of more than 25 federal agencies.
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October 23, 2013 - Children in Developing Countries Exposed to Toxic Lead Paint
Pregnant mothers and young children in the developing world are still exposed to "astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead" through unsafe paints, finds a study by the UN Environment Programme.
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October 9, 2013 - Shutdown is Affecting Energy and Environmental Programs
As the government shutdown goes on, parts of the government related to energy and the environment are losing steam.
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October 8, 2013 - High Percentage of Airplanes Still Serve Contaminated Water
You may want to give that in-flight cup of coffee another thought. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency obtained by NBC 5 shows that the water served on commercial planes isn't much cleaner than it was nine years ago when the EPA embarked on a major initiative to reduce bacteria.
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September 26, 2013 - McDonald's to Replace Foam Beverage Cups with Paper
McDonald's Corporation, the world's largest fast food franchise, will replace polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all its 14,000 U.S. restaurants.
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September 12, 2013 - One-Third of World's Food Goes to Waste
One-third of all the world's food is wasted every year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report released Wednesday.
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August 30, 2013 - Carcinogen Outlawed in California Found in 98 Shampoos, Soaps
Independent laboratory tests have identified 98 shampoos, soaps, and other personal care products sold by major national retailers that contain a chemical outlawed in California as a carcinogen.
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August 19, 2013 Bitterseet Deal in 22-Year Fight Over Toxic Site in Bronx
Kerri was 4 when she started having trouble walking. Justin was 5 when he got a nosebleed that would not stop. Danielle was 7 when her legs began to ache. During the 1980s, the children all lived, played and swam in the shadow of the Pelham Bay landfill, a towering city dump in the Bronx on the shores of Eastchester Bay.
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July 25, 2013 - EPA Selects Eight Schools for Toxics Release Inventory Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today selected eight academic partners for the Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge, a project that finds innovative ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases.
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July 11, 2013 - Climate Change Will Cause More Energy Breakdowns, U.S. Warns
The nation's entire energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe and costly weather events driven by climate change, according to a report from the Department of Energy.
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June 19, 2013 - Leaders Pledge Global Climate Deal by 2015
Declarations of cooperation on climate change, extractive industries, nuclear safety and chemical weapons in Syria and marked this week's meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries.
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June 5, 2013 - Lead Exposure Shown to Trigger Schizophrenia
For the first time, an experiment on animals shows that exposure to the environmental toxin lead could cause people to develop the severe mental disorder schizophrenia.
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May 28, 2013 - Guilty of Pesticide Crimes Wal-Mart Fined $81 Million
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores today pleaded guilty to illegally handling and disposing of hazardous pesticides at its retail stores across the United States.
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May 24, 2013 - U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up
Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto's genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure that would have allowed states to require labels on food or beverages made with genetically modified ingredients.
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May 3, 2013 - Popular Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Draws FDA Scrutiny
Triclosan is a popular antibacterial chemical that has been on the market for more than 40 years and found in everything from soap to body washes, but recent studies raise concerns that it might be doing more harm than good.
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April 29, 2013 - New York City Starts Recycling All Rigid Plastics
New York City is expanding its recycling program to allow for the first time the recycling of all rigid plastics, including toys, hangers, shampoo bottles, coffee cups and food containers.
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April 18, 2013 - New York's First Desalination Plant Raises Radiation Fears
Desalination plants are typically built in dry places. But along New York's Hudson River a different story is unfolding.
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March 29, 2013 - EPA Plans Stricter Limit for Sulfur in Gasoline
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a rule on Friday that will cut the amount of sulfur allowed in gasoline by two-thirds to improve the performance of the catalytic converters in engines that fight smog, the agency has told refiners and clean-air advocates.
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March 19, 2013 - Groups Call on NY's Top Environmental Cop to Enforce 40-Year-Old Disclosure Law for Cleaning Products
Twenty-one groups delivered a letter to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens today asking him to enforce a nearly 40-year-old law that requires the manufacturers of household cleaning products to disclose the sometimes dangerous and toxic chemical ingredients in their products, as well as the health risks the chemicals pose.
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March 5, 2013 - Deadly Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals
Drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are on the rise and have become more resistant to last-resort antibiotics over the past decade, warns a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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March 1, 2013 - Sequester Cuts Hit Clean Air Water Energy National Parks
Air and water quality, national parks and surrounding communities, and clean energy development will be hard hit by across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget that took effect today.
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February 13, 2013 - Dozens Arrested at White House Protest of Keystone XL Pipeline
Forty-eight prominent environmental, civil rights, and community leaders from across the country demonstrated at the White House demanding that President Barack Obama reject TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and address the climate crisis.
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February 13, 2013 - New Jersey Water Officials Charge with Poisoning Drinking Water
Two top officials of the East Orange Water Commission have been charged with conspiring to close contaminated wells before monthly water tests so as to falsely report low levels of a regulated contaminant in drinking water supplied to customers, then opening the wells, allowing the chemical back into the water supply.
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January 17, 2013 - World's Largest Companies Embracing Clean Energy
A majority of the world's largest companies are not waiting for governments to mandate renewable energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions, they are taking it upon themselves to act first.
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January 7, 2013 - Americans Sicker, Die Sooner Than Peers in Rich Nations
Environmental factors contribute to higher rates of disease and injury among Americans compared to people in other high-income countries, finds a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.
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December 27, 2012 - U.S. EPA Admnistrator Lisa Jackson Resigns
Lisa Jackson, who has headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during President Obama's first term in office, is leaving the Cabinet after four years in which she regulated pollution over the objections of Congressional Republicans and industry.
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December 5, 2012 - 35 Percent of Toys Contain Lead Report Says
Tests on more than 1,200 children's products, most of them still on store shelves, found that 35 percent contain lead - many with levels far above the federal recall standard used for lead paint.
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November 20, 2012 - Greenpeace Exposes Toxic Chemicals in Fashionable Clothing
Some of the world's best known fashion retailers are selling clothing contaminated with hazardous chemicals that break down to form hormone-disrupting or cancer-causing chemicals when released into the environment, finds a report issued today by Greenpeace International in Beijing.
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November 14, 2012 - 'Superbug' MRSA Found in U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants
The "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is prevalent at several U.S. wastewater treatment plants, scientists have found in the first study to investigate U.S. wastewater as an environmental reservoir of the bacteria.
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October 11, 2012 - Lead Found in Eggs Laid by Chickens in New York City Gardens
The discovery of lead in some city-raised eggs is ruffling feathers among public health experts. An ongoing study by the New York State Department of Health found eggs raised in urban neighborhood gardens contained levels of lead significantly higher than those seen in store-bought eggs.
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October 1, 2012 - Feds Update Truth-in-Advertising Guides for Green Marketing
Marketers can no longer make broad, unqualified claims that a product is "environmentally friendly" or "eco-friendly," under revised Green Guides issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. Instead, marketers should qualify general claims with specific environmental benefits presented in a "clear, prominent" manner to ensure they are truthful and are not deceptive.
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September 20, 2012 - Tuna-Loving Kids at Risk of Mercury Poisoning
Children who love to eat tuna fish may be at greater risk of mercury poisoning than anyone has realized, finds the first study on mercury in school lunches published Wednesday by the Mercury Policy Project.
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September 12, 2012 - PCB Leaked from NYC School Light Fixture
The Department of Education is speeding up its timeline for removing PCB from a Staten Island school after a light fixture dripped the potentially dangerous chemical onto a student.
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September 7, 2012 - U. S., Canada Update Great Lakes Water Quality Protection
Provisions to deal with aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation and the effects of climate change are featured in the newly amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement signed by U.S. and Canadian officials today in Washington. The amended agreement supports continued work on existing threats to people's health and the environment in the Great Lakes Basin such as harmful algae, toxic chemicals, and discharges from vessels.
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August 22, 2012 - West Nile Virus Outbreak Worst in U.S. History
A mosquito bite can kill, and this year 41 Americans have found that out the hard way as they lost their lives to the mosquito-borne disease West Nile virus. Forty-seven of the 50 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitoes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, in Atlanta.
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August 2, 2012 - Two Employees Contract Legionnaires at CUNY School
Two employees at LaGuardia Community College in Queens have contracted Legionnaires' disease as a result of legionella bacteria in the hot-water system, health officials say.
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August 1, 2012 - First U. S. How-To Guide for Food, Water Risk Assessments
Federal food and water safety regulators have issued the nation's first Guideline for conducting meaningful assessments of the risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water.
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July 26, 2012 - Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Asbestos Crimes
A 10-year prison sentence was imposed today on an Illinois man who was convicted of illegally removing asbestos insulation and exposing workers to dangerous asbestos-laden dust.
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July 11, 2012 - Million Member Coalition Forms Behind Renewable Energy Agenda
Thirty-six nonprofit groups with more than 1.1 million members have formed a coalition to advance a "serious renewable energy agenda" regardless of who occupies the White House or which party controls Congress after the November elections. Read more.

June 26, 2012 - Court Backs EPA Over Emissions Limits Intended to Reduce Global Warming
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that heat-trapping gases from industry and vehicles endanger public health, dealing a decisive blow to companies and states that had sued to block agency rules.
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June 21, 2012 - New York State Funded for 325 EV Charging Stations
At least 325 new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed across New York State under a new set of grants awarded by the state and the U.S. government.
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June 15, 2012 - EPA Tightens Clean Air Standards for Soot Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to update its national air quality standard for fine particle pollution, including soot, emitted by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and diesel fuel.
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May 24, 2012 - EPA Funds Brownfields Cleanup Worth $69 Million
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will distribute $69.3 million in grants for new investments to fund communities to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, known as brownfields.
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May 23, 2012 - Los Angeles Largest U.S. City to Ban Plastic Bags
Los Angeles City Council today voted to adopt a ban on plastic bags at retail checkouts, making the "City of Angels" the largest in the country to phase out the single-use bags.
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May 22, 2012 - NASCAR Enters Green Partership with U.S. EPA
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to raise awareness of environmentally-friendly products and solutions.
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May 4, 2012 - Rossen Reports: Are Mold Contactors Charging for Unneeded Work?
It can be scary, finding mold in your home. So when you see black spots, you call a mold contractor. But experts say some of those companies are profiting off our worst fears, charging you big bucks for repairs you don't need.
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April 26, 2012 - New York City Awards $4.6 Million in Watershed Protection Grants
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland have awarded $4.6 million in grants to community-based green infrastructure projects to improve the water quality of New York Harbor by reducing overflows of combined sewage and stormwater.
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April 18, 2012 - First National Fracking Air Emisssions Standard Set by U.S. EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued the first federal air rules for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured. Operators of new fractured natural gas wells will be required to use technologies to capture natural gas that might otherwise escape into the atmosphere, threatening public health.
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April 5, 2012 - E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations Earn U.S. EPA Approval
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved 20 companies to manufacture ethanol for use in the 15 percent ethanol-gasoline blend known as E15.
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April 2, 2012 - FDA Declines to Remove Bisphenol A From Food Packaging
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it will allow bisphenol A to remain in food packaging while it continues to study the effects of the chemical on human health and the environment.
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March 20, 2012 - EPA to Limit New Uses of Potentially Harmful Chemicals
Companies would be required to report to the federal government all new uses of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals, whether in domestic or imported products, under a new policy proposed today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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March 20, 2012 - Report Cites Dangerous Dust at Second Avenue Subway Site
An air sample taken underground at the Second Avenue subway construction site had excessive levels of a dangerous dust particle, a federal safety inspection has found.
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March 7, 2012 - Campbell's Soup Starts to Remove Bisphenol A from Cans
Months of pressure from consumer, public health and concerned parents' organizations worried about the health effects of the chemical bisphenol A in canned food linings are having an impact on the Campbell's Soup Company. The New Jersey company says it has begun to phase out the use of the chemical in its cans.
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March 7, 2012 - Friends of the Earth Sues U.S. EPA Over Lead in Aviation Fuel
The nonprofit group Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency today to force the regulation of lead emissions from general aviation aircraft under the Clean Air Act. EPA has repeatedly concluded that lead is extremely toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment and causes health effects even at low doses.
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February 29, 2012 - Radon in U.S. Classrooms a Concern
Radioactive radon gas, a known carcinogenic, is in thousands of U.S. classrooms but many districts are doing nothing about it, NBC's "Today" show reported.
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February 14, 2012 - 400 Lipsticks Found to Contain Lead, FDA Says
Four hundred of the nation's most popular lipsticks contained trace levels of lead when tested recently by the federal government, confirming similar results of earlier analyses but on a much wider scale and at higher levels than previously detected.
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February 6, 2012 - Super Bowl XLVI Powered by the Wind
The New York Giants won a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl game and renewable energy was the overall winner as electricity at all six major Super Bowl facilities was generated at wind farms located in North Dakota.
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January 26, 2012 - Bedbugs Spotted at the Ritz
These blood-suckers like the high life. Bedbugs have been spotted at the luxury Ritz-Carlton New York.
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January 10, 2012 - Appeals Court Reinstates EPA's Boiler Clean Air Rule
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's administrative stay on a rule that sets air toxics standards for boilers and commercial solid waste incinerators.
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January 4, 2012 - New York State Wins Review of Nuclear Plant Accident Plans
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected a bid by Entergy, owner and operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant on the Hudson River, to reverse an order to complete legally-required analyses of the facility's severe accident mitigation measures before it can be re-licensed.
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December 21, 2011 - Can Mold Cause Pneumonia? Brittany Murphy's Mom Says Mold Caused Daughter's Death
The mother of actress Brittany Murphy, who died in 2009 of pneumonia, is saying that her daughter and her son-in-law passed away because of toxic mold in the couple's home.
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December 21, 2011 - First Mercury, Air Toxics Standards Imposed on U.S. Power Plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued the first national standards that regulate power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollutants such as arsenic, nickel, selenium, cyanide and acid gases. Exposure to these emissions has been linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses.
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December 14, 2011 - EPA Approves Hydrocarbon Refrigerants for Commercial and Household Use
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a rule making greener refrigeration gases legal in household refrigerators and some commercial freezers.
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December 9, 2011 - Cookie Dough Likely Caused E. Coli Outbreak
The comfort food of choice for many teenage girls and heartbroken women may be the culprit in a 2009 E. coli outbreak.
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November 29, 2011 - Lafarge North America Inc. Agrees to Pay $740,000 Penalty to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations in Five States, Including New York
Lafarge North America Inc., one of the largest suppliers of construction materials in the United States and Canada, and four of its U.S. subsidiaries have agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. The violations include unpermitted discharges of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, and New York. Stormwater flowing over concrete manufacturing facilities can carry debris, sediment and pollutants, including pesticides, petroleum products, chemicals and solvents, which can have a significant impact on water quality.
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November 23, 2011 - Study Finds Spikes in BPA from Eating Canned Soup
We may not know all the ways in which the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) affects our health, but we can be assured that we're exposed to it frequently -- BPA is in many plastic products and lines nearly all food and beverage cans.
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November 18, 2011 - Scientsts Warn World to Prepare for Extreme Weather
Top international climate scientists and disaster experts meeting in Africa have a sharp message for the world's political leaders: Get ready for more dangerous and unpredictable weather caused by global warming.
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November 2, 2011 - U.S. Carbon Emissions Fall Seven Percent in Four Years
Carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent over the four years between 2007 and 2011, and emissions from oil use dropped 11 percent during that time, according to a new report from the nonprofit Earth Policy Institute.
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October 20, 2011 - EPA to Tighten Rules on Wastewater Disposal
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it would devise stricter rules for the treatment and disposal of toxic wastewater used in natural gas drilling.
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October 11, 2011 - Group Sues After EPA Fails to Shift Ozone Rules
Five health and environmental groups sued the Obama administration on Tuesday over its rejection of a proposed stricter new standard for ozone pollution, saying the decision was driven by politics and ignored public health concerns.
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September 22, 2011 - EPA Will Enforce Bush-Era Ozone Limit
U.S. EPA plans to enforce smog rules that were put in place under George W. Bush, now that President Obama has asked the agency to wait until 2013 to move on still-stricter air quality standards for ozone, Administrator Lisa Jackson told lawmakers on Capitol Hill this morning.
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September 12, 2011 - Ban on E.Coli in Ground Beef to Extend to 6 More Strains
The federal government will ban the sale of ground beef tainted with six toxic strains of E. coli bacteria that are increasingly showing up as the cause of severe illness from food.
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August 26, 2011 - Dispersants Used in BP Oil Spill Linked to Cancer
Five of the 57 ingredients in dispersants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on oil spills are linked to cancer, finds a new research report based on data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by environmental groups on the Gulf of Mexico.
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August 18, 2011 - EPA's Planned Phaseout of Harmful Refrigerant Hits Snag
Eighteen months after the Obama administration came out with new rules to stop refrigerants in air conditioners from thinning the Earth's protective ozone layer, an unexpected quirk has divided the industry and could have implications for the atmosphere.
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July 24, 2011 - 10,000 Buildings Get the Word on Dirty Fuel
The new rules require that by 2015, about 10,000 buildings switch from No. 6 heating oil, the cheapest but also the dirtiest fuel available, to No. 4 heating oil.
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July 8, 2011 - EPA Issues Tougher Rules for Power Plants
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued new standards for power plants in 27 states that would sharply cut emissions of chemicals that have polluted forests, farms, lakes and streams across the Eastern United States for decades.
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June 20, 2011 - Single Dose Lab Tests Underestimate Bisphenol A Exposure
Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A through diet has been underestimated by previous lab tests, finds new research from the University of Missouri.
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June 15, 2011 - Google Offers $280 Million to Support Residential Solar Power
Google is investing $280 million in solar energy to help homeowners afford to bring solar panels into their lives, creating the nation's largest residential solar financing fund.
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June 15, 2011 - U.S. Exports Lead Poisoning to Mexico with Used Batteries
Lead battery exports to Mexico are contributing to lead exposure levels on the job and in the environment that far exceed levels allowed by the U.S. government, finds a new report by two environmental organizations - one on each side of the border.
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June 3, 2011 - E. Coli Source Remains a Mystery as Death Toll Rises
German health experts sought without immediate success on Friday to identify the source of a strain of E. coli spreading alarm through Europe, which international officials have described as a "super toxic" variant of the infection.
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June 2, 2011 - Costs May Impede City's Switch to Clean Boiler Fuel
This year New York City took a big step toward improving air quality by requiring that buildings phase out use of the most polluting grades of heating oil...but...the conversions could be slowed by challenges related to costs, especially from rent-controlled buildings with low operating incomes.
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May 12, 2011 - Relief for Noses in Brooklyn and Queens
New York City officials announced the opening of a $400 million plant in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn that is designed to capture the sewage and storm water runoff that had been discharged into Paerdegat Basin and Jamaica Bay during rainstorms.
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May 8, 2011 - Hitting the Bottle
Manufacturers might be removing BPA, a chemical used to harden certain plastics, from their products. But they are substituting chemicals that may be just as dangerous.
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April 28, 2011 - A Stronger and Clearer Clean Water Act
The Obama administration's new guidelines for the Clean Water Act are an important first step in restoring vital legal safeguards to wetlands and streams threatened by development and pollution.
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April 16, 2011 - EPA Considers Ban on Dangerous Chemicals in Spray Foam Insulation
The U.S. EPA is considering a ban or restriction on consumer insulation and sealant products containing a family of chemicals known as diisocyantes.
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April 6, 2011 - EPA Grants Help as Low-Income Communities Battle Bed Bugs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding grants totaling $550,000 to five organizations to implement new approaches in managing bed bug problems.
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March 31, 2011 - Toxic in Canned Foods Cleared by Fresh Food Diet
Food packaging is a major source of exposure to bisphenol A and phthalates, both endocrine-disrupting chemicals with known links to cancer, infertility, and early puberty.
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March 28, 2011 - Japan's Radiation Reaches USA at Low Levels
As a result of the radiation released from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, several EPA air monitors have detected very low levels of radioactive material in the United States consistent with the patterns of radiation from the Japanese nuclear reactors.
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March 11, 2011 - EPA Rejects City Timeline on PCBs
New York City's 10-year plan to identify and replace school-building light fixtures that are leaking toxic chemicals should be handled in a speedier and more comprehensive fashion, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.
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Febuary 24, 2011 - EPA's New Boiler Emissions Standards Halve Implementation Costs
In response to federal court orders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing final Clean Air Act standards that reduce toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, from boilers and two types of waste incinerators...they put in place important public health safeguards to cut harmful toxic air emissions that affect children's development, aggravate asthma and cause heart attacks...
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February 2, 2011 - EPA Plans New Limits on Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water
The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would impose limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including the first standards for perchlorate, a dangerous compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has contaminated water supplies in 26 states.
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January 19, 2011 - EPA Testing at School Finds High Levels of PCBs
Environmental regulators have found high levels of PCBs in two-thirds of the lighting fixtures tested at a Staten Island elementary school...The agency has been pressing the city to remove the suspect lighting fixtures at about 800 schools around the city.
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January 14, 2011 - Toxic Chemicals Found in Nearly All Pregnant U.S. Women
The bodies of virtually all pregnant women across the United States carry multiple toxic chemicals.
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January 4, 2011 - Obama Signs Bipartisan Get the Lead Out Bill Into Law
President Obama signed into law S. 3874, a bipartisan bill that will help eliminate toxic lead from drinking water by reducing the amount of lead permitted in new plumbing materials. Lead is a contaminant that can harm the nervous system and brain development. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children.
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December 23, 2010 - Cancer-Causing Chromium-6 Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water
Tap water from 31 of 35 U.S. cities tested contains hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, according to laboratory tests commissioned by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.
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December 15, 2010 - New York Governor Calls Timeout on Fracking for Environmental Review
New York Governor David Paterson made New York the first state to place a moratorium on natural gas drilling that uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to release the gas trapped in shale rock...which can contaminate drinking water.
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December 8, 2010 - EPA Seeks New Guidelines to Reduce Pollution from Boilers and Incinerators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking an extension in the current court-schedule for issuing rules that would reduce harmful air emissions from large and small boilers and solid waste incinerators. Read more.

November 29, 2010 - Being Too Clean Can Make Young People Sick
Age seems to matter when it comes to the health effects of environmental toxicants.
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November 19, 2010 - Over 10,000 Ground Zero Plaintiffs Settle for $817 Million
Attorneys representing the 10,043 eligible plaintiffs who were injured by exposure to toxics while working in rescue, recovery and debris removal operations at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks confirmed today that they have met the 95 percent opt-in threshold required in their agreement with the City of New York and its contractors.
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November 14, 2010 - Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk
Reusable grocery bags may be on the verge of a glacier-size public relations problem: similar bags outside the city have been found to contain lead.
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November 10, 2010 - New York Unveils Plan to Slash Heat-Trapping Gases
After a 10-month study, Gov. David A. Paterson is leaving his successor an ambitious environmental plan to reduce New York's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the middle of the century.
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November 4, 2010 - Higher Levels of Lead Seen in City Tap Water
New York City health and environmental officials on Thursday advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before drinking or cooking with it after testing showed a rise in the percentage of homes with elevated levels of lead.
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November 2, 2010 - Knick Game Postponed as Debris Falls at Garden During Asbestos Cleaning
The New York Knicks postponed tonight's game against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden after asbestos-related materials fell into the arena.
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October 26, 2010 - Everyday Chemicals May Be Harming Kids
Of the 84,000 chemicals on the market today -- many of which are in objects that people come into contact with every day -- only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety.
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October 15, 2010 - Bedbugs Find Their Way Into Co-op & Condo Contracts
Bedbugs have infiltrated more and more places in New York City, and now they've even found their way into co-op and condominium contracts.
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September 28, 2010 - $1.5 Billion Plan to Cut Sewage Flow Into City Waters
The Bloomberg Administration wants to invest up to $1.5 billion over the next 20 years on new environmental techniques to reduce the flow of sewage into the city's waterways.
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September 20, 2010 - Drywall Flaws: Owners Gain Limited Relief
Thousands of homeowners in 38 states have been searching for alternate housing because of worries about drywall in their homes that emits sulfur fumes and, many believe, makes them sick.
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September 12, 2010 - New Law Will Set New Standards for Lead Paint Removal
The Environmental Protection Agency now requires contractors working on older homes to be certified in lead paint removal and to follow federal guidelines before, during and after a project.
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September 9, 2010 - New York to Require Disclosure of Chemicals in Cleansers
The State of New York is changing its policy to begin requiring manufacturers of cleaning products to reveal the chemical ingredients in both domestic and commercial cleansers and the health risks they may pose.
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August 10, 2010 - Swine Flu No Longer a Pandemic
While the pandemic danger is over, the swine flu, or H1N1, has not gone away.
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August 6, 2010 - Environmental Groups Smile on the Appintment of Justice Kagan
Environmental groups expect newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Kagan to have a positive impact on the environment.
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