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Acting in Haste: The BP Oil-Dispersant Spill

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, sending 4.9 million barrels of oil rushing into the Gulf of Mexico. As the days passed and crude continued to hemorrhage from the rig, the EPA gave BP the go-ahead … Continue reading

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Rice with a Side of Arsenic and Lead

Last year, studies found alarmingly high levels of arsenic in domestic rice products. This blog reported on arsenic in rice in an earlier posting. Now studies are showing elevated levels of lead in imported rice—the highest concentrations coming from China … 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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