Tag: Hazardous and Toxic Substances

A Young Man Nearly Lost His Life to Vaping

Gregory Rodriguez thought he had the flu when he went to the emergency room on Sept. 18, feeling feverish, nauseated and short of breath. He woke up four days later in a different hospital, with a tube down his throat connecting him to a ventilator, and two more tubes in his neck and groin, running […]

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Asbestos Kills Nearly 40,000 Americans a Year. Ban It.

Like the varmints in an old western movie, some rattlesnakes just won’t stay dead. We thought we had relieved America of a death-dealing substance, asbestos, but it keeps finding its way into lungs with the aid of an accomplice. This time asbestos’ friend is the Environmental Protection Agency. The same E.P.A. that created the rules […]

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Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Says

The lung damage seen in some people who have become ill after vaping nicotine or marijuana products resembles a chemical burn, doctors from the Mayo Clinic reported on Wednesday. Their findings are based on samples of lung tissue from 17 patients around the country whose biopsy specimens were sent to Mayo to be examined under […]

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These Butterflies Evolved to Eat Poison. How Could That Have Happened?

Monarch butterflies eat only milkweed, a poisonous plant that should kill them. The butterflies thrive on it, even storing milkweed toxins in their bodies as a defense against hungry birds. For decades, scientists have marveled at this adaptation. On Thursday, a team of researchers announced they had pinpointed the key evolutionary steps that led to […]

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11,168 Children Tested Positive for Lead. The City Didn’t Respond.

As a lead-paint crisis engulfed New York City’s public housing system last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration by repeatedly pointing to data showing that the number of children citywide with high levels of lead in their blood was actually at historic lows. On Thursday, however, the city’s comptroller issued a scathing report […]

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Trump’s E.P.A. Chooses Rodents Over People

Snowball, the pig in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” uses this catchy adage to summarize his view that people are enemies and animals are friends: “Four legs good, two legs bad.” Bizarrely, the Trump administration appears to have been persuaded, announcing a policy that will harm human health to protect animals used in laboratory experiments. The […]

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Banish Roundup From the Farm? It’ll Take More Than Lawsuits

From his farm in northwestern Wisconsin, Andy Bensend watched as first one jury, then another and another, delivered staggering multimillion-dollar verdicts to people who argued that their use of a weedkiller sold at nearly every hardware and home-improvement store had caused their cancer. Mr. Bensend has been using that product, Roundup, on his 5,000 acres […]

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1 in 4 Youths Has Vaped. Will State Bans Do Anything?

After a spate of illnesses linked to vaping, states are rushing to push through bans on e-cigarettes for anyone under 21. Governors are calling for prohibitions on flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and banana split, which critics say are meant to entice young people into trying vaping. And in some states, lawmakers are contemplating […]

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What We Found About Notre-Dame’s Lead, and What It May Mean for You

The fire at Notre-Dame in April destroyed the cathedral’s roof and spire, which were covered with 460 tons of lead tiles. Tiny particles of some of that lead mixed with the plume of smoke that drifted over Paris. Then that lead-laced dust settled on buildings, squares, parks, and plazas, test indicate. It also is likely […]

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Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Honeybees and other pollinating insects are crucial helpers in putting food on American tables. But the bees’ colonies have declined over the years, leading concerned beekeepers and scientists to speculate about the causes. A new lawsuit by leaders in the beekeeping industry against the Environmental Protection Agency highlights one often-cited worry: that pesticides are playing […]

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Is It Time to Quit Vaping?

Public health officials have long been wary of e-cigarettes, also known as vape pens. But after an outbreak of serious lung illnesses this summer, those concerns became much more urgent. Last week, federal health officials announced that e-cigarettes — which people can use to vaporize and inhale liquids containing nicotine or T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical […]

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E.P.A. Says It Will Drastically Reduce Animal Testing

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that it would move away from requiring the testing of potentially harmful chemicals on animals, a decision that was hailed by animal rights groups but criticized by environmentalists and researchers who said the practice was necessary to rigorously safeguard human health. The E.P.A. Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the […]

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What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness

Hundreds of people across the country have been sickened by a severe lung illness linked to vaping, and a handful have died, according to public health officials. Many were otherwise healthy young people, in their teens or early 20s. Investigators from numerous states are working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]

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I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do.

Four years ago, with my white coat on, I stepped out of my pediatric clinic and held a news conference. Lifting a baby bottle filled with water from Flint, Mich., I shared my research: Lead was increasingly in the blood of Flint’s children. The powers-that-be tried to silence me initially, but persistence, activism, teamwork and […]

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Newark Water Crisis: Racing to Replace Lead Pipes in Under 3 Years

NEWARK — Weeks into an escalating public health crisis caused by elevated levels of lead in the water, officials announced on Monday a new $120 million plan to expedite the replacement of ancient service pipes in this city. The new financing will allow the city to replace the 18,000 buried lead service lines in the […]

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Algae That Can Kill Dogs Is Discovered in 3 N.Y.C. Parks

The green sludge appeared in New Jersey’s largest lake in June, ruining a usually bustling season of lakeside leisure. Then in July, it surfaced across lakes in the Pacific Northwest and along the entire Mississippi seacoast, forcing the closure of the state’s beaches. Now, the green-blue blooms of toxic algae have been found in lakes […]

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Tainted Water, Ignored Warnings and a Boss With a Criminal Past

NEWARK — In the year after receiving test results showing alarming levels of lead in this city’s drinking water, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark made a number of unexpected decisions. He mailed a brochure to all city residents assuring them that “the quality of water meets all federal and state standards.” He declared the water […]

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Notre-Dame Construction Resumes in Paris, but Worries About Lead Remain

PARIS — Construction resumed at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday, weeks after authorities had shut the site down over worries about lead contamination linked to the fire in April. The work restarted with stricter decontamination measures in place, but amid concerns that authorities still weren’t doing enough to contain the blaze’s toxic fallout. […]

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Facing Opposition, E.P.A. Backtracks on Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew its support for the continued use of so-called cyanide bombs to protect livestock from predators, reversing course amid strong opposition to the practice. The E.P.A. administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, said he was withdrawing an interim reauthorization for the use of M-44 devices, which are used to kill […]

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