Chicago's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy Aims to Reduce Flooding, Protect the Environment and Strengthen Neighborhoods

May 30, 2014- Water management, specifically for stormwater in Chicagoland, is in the news. In a press release the City of Chicago and the Department of Water Management (DWM) announced the first round of the Mayor's $50 million groundwater management strategy.
 

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Education Department Unveils 2014’s Green Ribbon Schools

May 28, 2014- The Department of Education recently announced its Green Ribbon Schools, which recognizes 57 schools and school districts across the country for their green initiatives. 

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South African Miners Take Lung Disease Fight to London

May 27, 2014- Courts in the United Kingdom may decide the compensation claim for thousands of sick and dying South African gold miners if talks to set up an industry fund to compensate them continue to stall. 

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Dust-Up for the City in a Garden

May 23, 2014- The city motto of Chicago is Urbs in Horto, Latin for "City in a Garden." Today, that urban garden is under threat from the health and environmental impact of dust and particulate matter in the form of petroleum coke.
 

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Supreme Court Sees EPA and "Good Neighbors" Clearing the Air

May 21, 2014- A recent Supreme Court decision upholds an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation which required some states to reduce pollution that may contribute to unhealthy air across state lines. 

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Coalition Sues EPA for Failure To Enforce Clean Air Protections in Alaska

May 20, 2014- A coalition of Fairbanks residents and community groups took legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in April, citing failures to protect clean air and public health in Alaska by not enforcing components of the Clean Air Act.

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Ancient Rome’s Demise Probably Not Caused By Lead Poisoning

May 16, 2014- While it’s true that wealthy Romans sipped beverages from lead vessels and channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes, scientists say it’s unlikely that lead contamination was high enough to be extremely harmful.

 

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NIOSH to Helicopter Gunners, Pilots: "Quiet Please, and Get the Lead Out!"

May 14, 2014- The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is reporting on a recent Health Hazard Evaluation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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In Wake of Explosion, East Harlem Tenants Worry About Toxic Dust

May 12, 2014- More than a month after an explosion touched off by a gas leak leveled two buildings and killed eight people in East Harlem, over half of the households in buildings impacted by the blast have not been able to return home. 

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Asbestos Dumping Stirs Up Environmental Regulators in South Carolina

May 9, 2014- The owner of a Myrtle Beach demolition firm responsible for an asbestos-laced debris dump located in the middle of oceanfront hotels and vacationers plans to remove the pile of waste within the next few weeks, according to documents obtained by The Sun News.

 

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Ways To Detect and Avoid Radon Exposure

May 7, 2014- Most people know smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but many don’t realize that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.  

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Many Propeller Planes Still Run On Toxic Lead Fuel

May 5, 2014- Residents living near the Santa Monica Airport and the almost 20,000 other general-aviation airports in the U.S. are growing increasingly concerned about an insidious problem posed by low-flying planes: toxic lead.

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Duking It Out Over Coal Ash Cleanup

May 2, 2014- The aftermath of Duke Energy's coal ash spill at its Dan River electrical generation facility has environmental watchdog groups and environmentally conscious pension plans calling for heads to roll.

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