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Jun. 13, 2013

Fish on Prozac prove anxious, antisocial, aggressive
Environmental Health News via Scientific American
When fish swim in waters tainted with antidepressant drugs, they become anxious, anti-social and sometimes even homicidal. New research has found that the pharmaceuticals, which are frequently showing up in U.S. streams, can alter genes responsible for building fish brains and controlling their behavior.More

Iowa copes with nitrate surge in drinking water
The Daily Nonpareil
For parts of Iowa — largely in the eastern half of the state — recent rain has created a new, unexpected problem: The deluge is washing fertilizer off the farms and into rivers that provide drinking water to much of the state. Public officials say the problem will pass, but others worry about the potential risks of nitrate, which has reached levels never seen in Iowa.More

Wisconsin set to list 150 more water bodies as impaired
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin officials are poised to add nearly 150 new water bodies to a list of lakes, rivers and streams that do not meet state water quality standards. For the first time, the Department of Natural Resources is adding dozens of waters that fail to meet new standards for phosphorus pollution, said Aaron Larson, who coordinated the review for the agency.More

Chemical companies seek to limit federal green building
Chemical companies are lobbying the U.S. Congress to limit government use of proposed, tougher green building codes in the hope that alternative standards may be adopted. Generally supportive of efficiency programs because they promote the use of insulation and other chemical products, the American Chemistry Council in Washington and other groups say the green building standards are veering into the trickier area of health policy. They say the new rules will stigmatize chemicals without providing much benefit.More

EPA nominee's holdup part of larger struggle over regulation
NBC News
There’s more here than just the normal Washington tactical maneuvering in the holdup of Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency — it reflects Senate Republicans' strategy to use McCarthy's nomination as leverage in forcing changes in the way the EPA operates. And the power struggle affects Americans far beyond Washington, D.C. — whether the water they drink is clean or dirty, whether the company that employs them must comply with costly environmental regulations, or not.More

Study: European coal pollution causes 22,300 premature deaths a year
The Guardian
Air pollution from Europe's 300 largest coal power stations causes 22,300 premature deaths a year and costs companies and governments billions of pounds in disease treatment and lost working days, says a major study of the health impacts of burning coal to generate electricity. The research, from Stuttgart University's Institute for energy economics and commissioned by Greenpeace International, suggests that a further 2,700 people can be expected to die prematurely each year if a new generation of 50 planned coal plants are built in Europe. More

FAA wants proposals to transition general aviation to unleaded fuel
Occupation Health & Safety
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is asking the world's fuel producers to submit detailed proposals by July 1, 2014, for fuel options that would help the general aviation industry make the transition to an unleaded fuel. The agency said it is committed to the development of a new unleaded fuel by 2018 that would minimize the impact of replacing 100-octane low-lead fuel for most of the general aviation fleet.More

Groups square off over chemical reform bill
The Hill
A fight is brewing on Capitol Hill over legislation to reform the government's control of toxic chemicals. The bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act, introduced last month by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, but not everyone is pleased. Some environmental and health advocates say the legislation does not go far enough, while other groups and members of the industry hail it as a breakthrough to reforming the long out-of-date chemical law.More

Study identifies world's most dangerous oceans for shipping
International Business Times
A new study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund for World Oceans Day, pinpoints the planet’s most dangerous oceans and describes how shipwrecks are likely to increase in the coming years because of expanding fleets and a warming climate. Scientists at Southampton Solent University, who carried out the research for WWF, said that while the number of accidents at sea has fallen by about 18 percent since 1980, many incidents occur in areas of environmental significance, such as the South China Sea and East Indies, eastern Mediterranean, North Sea, Black Sea and British Isles.More