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Nov. 14, 2013

Is sewage plant necessary or 'largest boondoggle in Canadian history?'
National Post
In as little as one year, Victoria, British Columbia, is poised to break ground on a sprawling sewage treatment program that will rank as one of the largest public projects in local history. It could end up costing more than a billion dollars, one of its main facilities will be among the first structures visible to approaching cruise ships and, according to scientists, engineers and decades of studies, it is a foolish, useless monument to an uncaring government and an overly squeamish citizenry.More

Climate change may magnify toxic chemical dangers
The Huffington Post
A draft summary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report on the impacts of global warming highlights concerns ranging from melting sea ice to diminishing crop yields to health dangers from hunger and heat waves. What it does not address, however, is the added possibility that climate change could magnify the havoc wrought by long-lasting and pervasive toxic chemicals.More

Lawmakers upbeat over chemical safety fix
The Hill
House lawmakers are expressing optimism about a landmark Senate compromise to reform the country's chemical safety law. At a Wednesday House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, legislators were cautiously optimistic that the Toxic Substances Control Act could be overhauled for the first time since it was passed nearly four decades ago.More

Report: EPA chemical assessment 'should take data-driven approach'
Environmental Leader
The EPA's draft plan to assess inorganic arsenic risks should take greater advantage of the data that exists on the chemical to reach evidence-based conclusions, says a report from the National Research Council. While the EPA's draft plan that describes how the agency will assess the potential health effects of oral exposure to inorganic arsenic includes improved approaches for evaluating evidence and conducting analyses, the report recommends alternative statistical approaches over the EPA's current default methods for estimating risk.More

Ozone chemicals ban linked to global warming 'pause'
BBC News
A new study suggests that the ban on ozone depleting chemicals may have also impacted the rise in global temperatures. CFC gases were responsible for a massive hole in the ozone layer but they also had a powerful greenhouse effect. The authors link a ban on their use to a "pause" or slowdown in temperature increases since the mid 1990s. More

As petrochemical industry booms, warnings of what could cause bust
State Impact via KUHF-FM
Early next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that some say could have serious consequences for the Texas economy. The case involves new rules for industries that pollute the air. The state of Texas brought the case because it says those new rules could be devastating to profits and employment in the refining and petrochemical industries. More

Toxic towns and poisoned rivers: a byproduct of industry for the rich
The Guardian
Parts of Argentina, Indonesia and Nigeria are among the top 10 most polluted places on the planet, according to a report by U.S. and European environmental groups. In these extraordinarily toxic places lifespans are short and disease runs rampant among millions of people who live and work there, often to provide the products used in richer countries.More

Hormone-blocking chemicals found in Native American families
Scientific American
Mothers and children of a First Nations tribe living in one of Canada’s most industrialized regions are highly exposed to estrogen-blocking chemicals, according to a new study. The research is the first to confirm the Aamjiwnaang community's fears of elevated exposure to pollutants, and it may help shed some light on why the tribe has an unusually low percentage of baby boys.More

Compound derived from vegetables shields rodents from lethal radiation doses
Georgetown University Medical Center via Medical Xpress
Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests the compound, already shown to be safe for humans, may protect normal tissues during radiation therapy for cancer treatment and prevent or mitigate sickness caused by radiation exposure.More

Illinois is biggest atomic dump as US fails to pick waste site
Bloomberg via Chicago Tribune
About 13 percent of America's 70,000 metric tons of the radioactive waste is stashed in pools of water or in special casks at the atomic plants in Illinois that produced it, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, a Washington-based industry group. That's the most held in any state.More

November is prime time for celebrity sightings in Nashville, Tenn.
USA Today
November is a fantastic time to visit Nashville, Tenn., especially for fans of recording artists. Famous faces from all music genres gather in the city to celebrate a host of award ceremonies and once-a-year industry banquets.More