Friday, March 30, 2012

Chilkoot Lumber Company and owner fined $9,500 for leaking PCB transformers

Sit News reports that:
"Chilkoot Lumber Company, located in Haines, Alaska, and its owner, Edward Lapeyri, will pay $9,500 for improperly storing and failing to repair leaking transformers that contained toxic PCBs, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Farm cancer links revealed

According to a recent study carried out by New Zealand researchers:
"Those who spend their early life on beef cattle farms and poultry farms could be up to three times more likely to develop blood cancers as those who had not, new research suggests."
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Swedish study links PCBs and pesticides to diabetes in the elderly

According to a recent report by Chemical Watch:
"Research has shown that elderly people with type-2 diabetes are more likely to have higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides in their blood, indicating that environmental exposure to these substances substantially increases the risk of developing diabetes in an ageing population."
Read the full report here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New York Parents Sue to Speed PCB Cleanup in Schools

The New York Times reports that:
"In the latest sally in the controversy over PCB-laden light fixtures in New York schools, parents have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that the city is not replacing old fluorescent light fixtures quickly enough.

In the suit, filed on Wednesday in United States District Court in Brooklyn, a group representing the parents asserts that the city’s plan to replace the fixtures over a period ranging up to 10 years puts children at risk and violates the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.

The suit was filed by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on behalf of New York Communities for Change, a coalition of low-and moderate-income families. It names the city’s Department of Education and the New York City School Construction Authority, which manages capital projects, as defendants."
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Westport Middle School PCB problem gets worse; town may need $100K fast

The Herald News recently reported that:
"The Board of Selectmen found out Monday night that the PCB situation at Westport Middle School is worse than they thought and the town may need to find $100,000 in clean-up money if the school is to open in just six weeks."
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Study: Taller Women Have Higher Risk for Certain Cancers

According to researchers at Britain's Oxford University, women who are taller have a higher risk for developing certain types of cancers. One Possible reason given: taller people have a greater number of cells giving them a greater chance of having cell mutations that can become malignant.
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