fema covered up cancer risks to katrina victims
from salon: Last summer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was publicly shamed when lawmakers revealed the agency, to avoid lawsuits, put off testing trailers used to house Hurricane Katrina victims for formaldehyde, a toxic chemical. Now, documents obtained by Salon show that FEMA also pressured scientists to water down a report on the health risks of formaldehyde. FEMA officials instructed the scientists to omit any references to cancer or other long-term health risks from exposure to formaldehyde in FEMA trailers.
hawaii lawmaker calls for aspartame ban
from khon2: Many popular foods and drinks would be pulled from store shelves under a bill in the state Legislature to ban the sweetener aspartame. While the Food and Drug Administration and many doctors say it’s safe, a growing contingent of consumers thinks the additive is dangerous if not deadly. One lawmaker is bringing the debate to the Capitol.
tennessee news report about fight against fluoride
from americans unite: Read the article: Fluoride-Gate, naming names at Centers for Disease Control
cdc: adults skipping protective vaccinations
from ap: Vaccines aren’t just for kids, but far too few grown-ups are rolling up their sleeves, disappointed federal health officials reported Wednesday. The numbers of newly vaccinated are surprisingly low, considering how much public attention a trio of new shots – which protect against shingles, whooping cough and cervical cancer – received in recent years.
coal producer pays $20m pollution fine
from ap: The country’s fourth-largest coal producer, Massey Energy Co., will pay a $20 million fine as part of a settlement with the government over allegations it routinely polluted hundreds of streams and waterways in West Virginia and Kentucky with sediment-filled waste water and coal slurry.