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NPR on Climate Change and Health

Although the UNFCCC negotiators express concerns about climate change’s impact on human health, there is little in the treaty’s governance structure to induce specific action on the issue.  A 2014 round up on NPR this week singled out the contribution … Continue reading

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India’s Poisonous Nuclear Power

Guest blogger Catherine Craig, Northeastern School of Law JD ’15 and Vermont Law School MELP’15, contributes this post. Despite limited fuel supply and insufficient regulation, India intends to become a world leader in nuclear power.  It aspires for nuclear power … Continue reading

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A new push on arsenic

I had the good fortune to be one of 40 people invited to participate in the 2014 MDIBL Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit 2014 on the Environmental and Human Health Consequences of Arsenic.  The participants included scientists, consumer advocates, health … Continue reading

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Aamjiwnaang: A culture in shock

This news in from our guest blogger from Alaska, Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, highlighting an upcoming conference call seminar entitled Aamjiwnaang: A culture in shock.  It will take place TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 AM Alaska time (10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM … Continue reading

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Same old DC gridlock on TSCA reform

Just moments ago I posted on yet another state’s successful lawmaking on commercial chemicals regulation.  Now, unfortunately, I get to update you on the continued paralysis in Congress on federal TSCA reform. The Hill reports today that Rep. Shimkus’s floating … Continue reading

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“Overwhelming support” for Vermont chemicals law

This in from local on-line news source, the Vermont Digger: “In one of the most decisive votes of the session the Vermont House supported the regulation of toxic chemicals found in children’s products.  The vote was 114-27.” As blogged a … Continue reading

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Water quality and mine acid rock drainage

Our guest blogger from Alaska, Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, highlights this upcoming conference call seminar on how acid rock drainage from mining affects water chemistry and environmental health.  The Wednesday, April 30 teleconference will explore how acid rock drainage is one of the … Continue reading

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Happy Public Health Week

Public Health Law Research (PHLR), a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been celebrating National Public Health Week by contributing graphics and posts on the specific role that public health law plays in improving human health.  PHLR’s research agenda is … Continue reading

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Spring reading

Two new articles of mine on environmental health law topics have just been published and can be found on SSRN.  The article on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bill pending in Congress to overhaul TSCA, can be found at the … Continue reading

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Anadarko pollution map

The Anadarko Petroleum settlement of environmental health claims against its Kerr-McGee subsidiary has rightfully garnered a lot of attention in the last few days:  the biggest environmental cash settlement in Department of Justice history, the $5.15 billion settlement involves clean up … Continue reading

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