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The pending health epidemic that Congress could address – post shutdown shenanigans

October 16th, 2013

As Congress has been gripped by the dramedy of the Ted Cruz and Koch Brothers-inspired government shutdown/debt ceiling frenzy, people in California and a few other states have been quietly falling ill, the victims of a food-borne illness that has solutions, if federal lawmakers can ever clear the agenda to act on them.

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Harmful levels of arsenic and selenium found in water near gas fracking operations in North Texas, study reports

July 31st, 2013

Arsenic and selenium, two metals that are toxic in small doses, were found in higher concentrations near gas drilling sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale in a study that begs for more investigation of how fracking may be contaminating drinking water.

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Methane and diesel compounds found near fracking sites in Wyoming

September 28th, 2012

A second major sampling of water near gas wells in Pavilion, Wyo., has found a range of gases and contaminants.

The testing of a monitoring well near where several residents say gas drilling has ruined their drinking water supplies found methane, ethane, diesel compounds and phenol, according to news reports.

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Study shows pesticide used on crops is killing frogs in the Sierras

August 13th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Birds, bees and frogs. We’ve known for a long time that they’re affected by pesticides and chemical pollution.

In the last few years, many scientists have come to see frogs, whose populations are in steep decline, as one of the most vulnerable; humankind’s canary in the coal mine.

Now researchers at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale are illuminating why frogs are in such deep trouble. They’ve found that just a few grains of a pesticide ingredient commonly used in California agriculture can make mountain streams lethal to frogs.

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Tests show how toxic substances turn up in Americans’ blood

May 1st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We hear every day about dangerous chemicals in household products that are linked to cancer, infertility, autism and other diseases – yet many Americans may not realize just how many of these harmful substances they’ve actually ingested in the course of everyday living.

The answer? About 48. That’s according a study by the Environmental Working Group and Rachel’s Network, in which five leading minority women environmentalists from different parts of the country volunteered to have their blood tested for toxins. The results, say EWG experts, show that regulation of chemicals in the U.S. is weak and “antiquated” and needs a major overhaul.

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