Category Archives: mercury

Public Health Campaign of the Month

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Public Health program has named the “Don’t Mess with Mercury” campaign by the ATSDR and CDC as the public health campaign of the month.  Mercury is a notable – sole? – area of environmental public … Continue reading

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The next CHE-AK teleconference on coal and mercury

Our guest blogger and VLS alum Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, invites you to this teleconference on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 9am Alaska/10am Pacific/1pm Easter: Dirty Coal: From Mining to Mercury Contamination – Alaska … Continue reading

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Public Health and Environmental Protection

While Caitlin attended the VLS symposium on Friday, I was at the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program’s fall conference.  Co-sponsored by the school’s Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, … Continue reading

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Committee Hearing on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act turns into Preemption Debate

One of the biggest topics of debate surrounding the bi-partisan attempt to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been whether the bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), would preempt state law. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of … 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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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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Revising Fish Consumption Rates in the Pacific Northwest: The Inextricable Link Between Environmental Protection & Human Health

The Problem of Low Fish Consumption Rates Washington State is currently in the process of revising its fish consumption rates (FCRs). The current rates were developed in the 1980s and 1990s, and recent studies indicate that Washingtonians consume much more fish … Continue reading

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