Monthly Archives: February 2013

Legislation Proposes Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Permits Until Health Consequences Are Invesitgated

     On Wednesday, February 13th, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (H.R. 526) in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The legislation would place a moratorium on all new mountaintop … Continue reading

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How Anxious Humans are Making Fish Fearless

Studies are showing that low levels of antianxiety medication, such as Xanax or Valium, are entering our water systems after leaving the human body and causing behavioral changes in fish populations. A recent study, exposing European perch to low levels of … Continue reading

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Sunshine in a Pill: Shedding Light on the Regulation of Vitamin D

Outside the window of our farmhouse, the sun shines brilliantly on the snowscape.  Inside, I am reading MASTERMIND, a New York Times Bestseller recently published by my former high school classmate and friend, Maria Konnikova.  In the book, Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

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The Sky is Falling: Stormwater as a Vector for Environmental Health Hazards

We have known for years that rainwater can carry hazardous substances which affect the health of human and animal life. The classic example is acid rain. Burning coal and other fossil fuels produces sulfur dioxide (SO2), which various nitrogen oxides (NOx) … Continue reading

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Walking the Weight Away

The physical shape of our urban environment has profound effects on human health. Urban design can determine which biological and chemical environmental hazards enter citizens’ bodies through air, water, or food. But the physical shape of our built urban environments … Continue reading

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Worker Safety and the Federal Rulemaking Process

Crystalline silica, a mineral in the earth’s crust, is a common component of sand, stone, concrete, and brick.  When workers cut, saw, or drill these materials—mainly during construction work and mining operations—the silica is aerosolized, exposing workers to fine particulate … Continue reading

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Is Animal Protein a Carcinogen?

When you hear the word ‘protein,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? For the average American consumer, protein is synonymous with meat. In fact, most American consumers strongly believe two things about protein; (1) that it is … Continue reading

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Swimmable Waters?

I might reconsider my goal of swimming an open water marathon by the time I turn thirty-five, or perhaps I’ll just swim it in the pool instead.  Last year when I swam twelve miles around the Charleston, South Carolina peninsula, … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Rice

I am one of the fortunate few who grew up eating primarily products produced in my backyard. Growing up on a beef cattle farm in the Midwest, my family consumed almost exclusively products that we produced. There was beef and … Continue reading

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Environmental Issues on the U.S. Army Bases in Korea: Complex Relationship between Policies and Public Health and Environmental Health Law

After the Korean War, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) was drafted to secure the military support and cooperation of the United States Forces in Korea (USFK). However, there were several incidents where the two countries conflicted. In May 2011, … Continue reading

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