Heading Off Hygiene Horrors

January 30, 2014- When sub zero temps freeze pipes and they then start to thaw and you soon discover a leak, you might have missed the opportunity to be proactive.

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Mayor Emanuel Rules Out Ban On Petcoke

January 28, 2014- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in December ruled out a ban on a byproduct of the oil refinery process called petcoke that threatens Chicago’s Southeast side.  

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Study: Fetal Death Rates Tied to Lead in Drinking Water

January 24, 2014- A recent study confirms that stillbirth rates in Washington, D.C. rose in connection with two releases of lead, a toxic metal, into Washington D.C.’s drinking water.

 

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EPA Questions Safety of Playground Turf

January 23, 2014- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its website in response to a complaint that its public information on artificial turf made from old tires understated concerns about safety.

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Asbestos Is a Deadly Risk, Even at Lowest Levels

January 21, 2014- A recent study suggests that industrial workers are at the lowest levels of the asbestos exposure spectrum may still be at risk for laryngeal cancer, lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

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The ABCs of the EPA's National Radon Action Month

January 17, 2014- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named January 2014 as National Radon Action Month (NRAM), issuing a call to protect students and staff from radon and encouraging schools to test their facilities for radon.

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Harmful Chemicals Found At Fracking Sites

January 15, 2014-  A new study reveals that hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer, infertility and other health problems have been found in water samples collected at and near hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") sites in Colorado. 

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5 Things We Learned About Sustainability in 2013

January 13, 2014- In 2013, polls showed greater concern for the planet, with Americans broadly supporting President Obama's climate change announcement, for instance, and Chinese authorities concluding that life-shortening air pollution is an unacceptable price to pay for economic growth. But the big news from 2013 came from gains in knowledge. 

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OSHA Considers Setting Limits on Construction-Related Beryllium Exposure

January 9, 2014-  Efforts to reduce toxic metal exposure are again making news. 

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20,000th LEED Certification issued to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

January 7, 2014-  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued its 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial project, and it went to the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) plant in Knoxville, Tenn. 

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Only Half of Drugs Are Removed from Sewage, Report Says

January 6, 2014- A new study reveals that treatment plants remove only about half of prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage.

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Half-Life of Crime: Mexico's Recent Radioactive Rip Off

January 4, 2014- In an article titled "Lessons from a Mexican theft," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) website thebulletin.org is reporting on the epilogue of the infamous December 2, 2013 theft of a truck near Mexico City that just happened to be carrying cobalt 60, a highly dangerous radioactive source.

 

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For This Engineer, Acid Mine Drainage Paints Quite a Picture

January 2, 2014- "Painting With Acid Mine Drainage," a post on asme.org (the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), details the unusual collaboration between two professors at the Ohio University in Athens (OUA), located deep in the state's Southeastern coal country.

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