Category Archives: bioaccumulation

PCBs, GE, & FOIA

Yesterday’s Albany Times Union published damning information about GE’s PCB contamination of the Hudson River.  The polluted 200-mile stretch from Hudson Falls to the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the largest Superfund sites, according to the EPA.  PCBs were banned in 1977 and are … Continue reading

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New FDA guidance on antibiotic (antimicrobial) use in cows, pigs, and chickens

Human antibiotic resistance has been on the radar for several years, but did you know that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people in the U.S. and make another 2 million sick each year?  Some of this resistance has come from medical … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Statement about Arsenic in Rice

On September 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement after testing over 1,300 rice products for the presence of arsenic. The tests follow research indicating that rice products contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is naturally present … Continue reading

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A Dam Shame – Reservoirs and Elevated Mercury Levels

One of the oldest forms of “renewable” energy comes from hydropower. From ancient grain mills to tanneries to hydroelectric generation, humanity has long harnessed the power of flowing water. Unfortunately, increased use of water power has corresponded with increased environmental impacts. Tanneries, … Continue reading

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Seafood: What Don’t We See?

Many people would agree that regularly eating fish is a recipe for a good diet. Such a diet has proven health benefits. For example, eating fatty fish like salmon provides omega-3 fatty acids, which is linked to reducing the risk … 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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Rachel Carson’s Environmental Health Legacy

Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring, launched the environmental movement.  As the EPA observes in its history, “Silent Spring played in the history of environmentalism roughly the same role that Uncle Tom’s Cabin played in the abolitionist movement.  In fact, … Continue reading

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