Category Archives: public health law

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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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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Regulating Naturally Occurring Heavy Metals: How do Genetics, Behavior and the Environment Affect Toxicity?

Substances affecting human health are often analyzed in a vacuum.  Even though exposure is never limited to a single substance, the interactions between chemicals and the effects of small doses over time are largely ignored when setting limits for exposure.  … 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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GMO Food Labeling Within the Parameters of Existing Law

While the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on human health and environmental systems is inconclusive, persuasive evidence suggests that GMOs do in fact have adverse human health impacts as well as consequential effects on agricultural systems, which implicate the … Continue reading

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What is Environmental Health Law?

The term environmental health has been around for awhile.  In the World Health Organization (WHO)‘s words, “environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting  behaviours. It encompasses the … Continue reading

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