chemicals http://wnpr.org en Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-waste-moratorium-signed-law <p>Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut. The moratorium will extend to at least to July 2017. In the meantime, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will draft regulations about what, if any, fracking waste can come to Connecticut.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23599 at http://wnpr.org Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law Will Vermont Be Able To Defend Its GMO Labeling Law On Donations Alone? http://wnpr.org/post/will-vermont-be-able-defend-its-gmo-labeling-law-donations-alone Vermont’s effort to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered lots of out-of-state attention – and cash.<p>According to data from the Agency of Administration, money from out-of-state donors makes up the majority of the state’s <a href="http://www.foodfightfundvt.org/">"Food Fight Fund,"</a> the holding account for money that will ultimately help the state defend the law in court.<p>As of the first week of June – a month after Gov. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:46:05 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 23426 at http://wnpr.org Will Vermont Be Able To Defend Its GMO Labeling Law On Donations Alone? Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill http://wnpr.org/post/bracing-battle-vermont-passes-gmo-labeling-bill The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.<p>Vermont Gov. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld 20724 at http://wnpr.org Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill Documents Show New York's Fracking Health Study Is Ongoing http://wnpr.org/post/documents-show-new-yorks-fracking-health-study-ongoing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/frack.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/Hydrofracking.jpg" alt="" /><p>Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking in New York show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes-based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:21:31 +0000 editor 20516 at http://wnpr.org Documents Show New York's Fracking Health Study Is Ongoing Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison http://wnpr.org/post/death-popular-hawk-highlights-concerns-over-rat-poison The death of a beloved red-tailed hawk in Cambridge, Mass., has drawn attention to the issue of how rat poison is affecting wildlife.<p>Veterinarians say the hawk likely died from eating a rodent that consumed rat poison. Local birdwatchers had followed the exploits of the hawk and her mate, which they named Ruby and Buzz, for years.<p>The state of California recently announced a ban on the retail sale of certain rat poisons, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), because of the hazards they pose to pets, children and wildlife. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:42:01 +0000 editor 20250 at http://wnpr.org Death Of Popular Hawk Highlights Concerns Over Rat Poison Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill http://wnpr.org/post/update-west-virginias-elk-river-chemical-spill <p>In January, West Virginia’s Elk River was contaminated by a chemical spill from a nearby coal processing plant, affecting 300,000 local residents. People were without water for days. Now months later, is the water safe to drink?&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:19:03 +0000 Catie Talarski 19706 at http://wnpr.org Update on West Virginia's Elk River Chemical Spill How Clean Is Our Air? http://wnpr.org/post/how-clean-our-air <p>A<a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/"> report </a>released by the World Health Organization last week found that some 7 million people died from air pollution exposure in 2012. In other words, one in eight of all global deaths that year resulted from breathing bad air.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he WHO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">considers air pollution to be the single greatest environmental health risk, linking it to cases of asthma, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19519 at http://wnpr.org How Clean Is Our Air? A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens http://wnpr.org/post/call-pesticide-free-town-greens <p>Connecticut lawmakers are once again eyeing restrictions on pesticides. A&nbsp;new proposal would ban their use at public parks and town greens.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:37:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18455 at http://wnpr.org A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? http://wnpr.org/post/almost-500-foods-contain-yoga-mat-compound-should-we-care That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A <a href="http://www.ewg.org/release/yoga-mat-chemical-found-nearly-500-foods">report</a> from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.<p>As you may recall, the sandwich chain Subway got a lot of attention a few weeks back when it announced its plans to remove this compound — which is used to improve dough and maintain bread texture — fro Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:34:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 18024 at http://wnpr.org Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care? Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive? http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-pesticide-ban-school-grounds-too-restrictive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislators are considering a change to a statewide ban of pesticide use on school grounds. It's the first of several proposed challenges to a law that's been in effect since 2010.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17495 at http://wnpr.org Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive? Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://wnpr.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 17436 at http://wnpr.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court Subway Phasing Out Bread Additive After Blogger Flags Health Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/subway-phasing-out-bread-additive-after-blogger-flags-health-concerns Food industry, beware of the power of the online petition.<p>Just a few days after food blogger Vani Hari, known as Food Babe, created a buzz with an <a href="http://foodbabe.com/subway/">online petition</a> raising questions about the safety of a food additive commonly used in commercial baking, sandwich giant Subway has announced plans to phase it out of its fresh-baked breads.<p>The additive, azodicarbonamide, is used by the commercial baking industry to bleach flour and condition dough.<p>But as the petition points out, the compound has been phased out in many other countries, and the Worl Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:09:00 +0000 editor 16569 at http://wnpr.org Subway Phasing Out Bread Additive After Blogger Flags Health Concerns Over-the-Counter Drugs: A Prescription for Confusion http://wnpr.org/post/over-counter-drugs-prescription-confusion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At Able Care Pharmacy and Medical Supplies in Enfield, </span>Ashraf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Moustafa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> often tries to avert disasters involving drugs displayed on his store’s shelves.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moustafa, the pharmacy manager, recently spoke to an elderly woman seeking ways to treat dark blue patches on her arms. Instead of suggesting any remedies, he asked the woman what medicines she was taking, and discovered that she was dangerously mixing over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs with aspirin and the prescription blood thinner&nbsp;</span>Plavix<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He sent the woman to the hospital, fearing that she was suffering from internal bleeding.</span></p><p>“People have the impression that if a drug is approved for over-the-counter use, then it must be much safer than prescription medicine,” Moustafa says. “That’s when trouble happens.”</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:09:24 +0000 Rochelle Sharpe 16407 at http://wnpr.org Over-the-Counter Drugs: A Prescription for Confusion Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? http://wnpr.org/post/should-farmers-give-john-deere-and-monsanto-their-data Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.<p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/fieldscripts.aspx">Monsanto</a> and <a href="http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_INT/regional_home.page">John Deere</a> are offering competing versions of this service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Dan Charles 15804 at http://wnpr.org Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? Thousands Have Water Again In W.Va. As 'All-Clear' Areas Spread http://wnpr.org/post/35000-or-so-have-water-again-wva-265000-or-so-go <a href="http://www.amwater.com/wvaw/about-us/news.html" target="_blank">The map that shows residents of nine counties in West Virginia</a> whether they can start using the water from their taps is slowly starting to change from red to blue.<p>That's good news because blue means customers in those areas can start flushing their homes' and businesses' pipes — and after that, start using their water again for cooking, cleaning and drinking.<p>West Virginia Gov. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15428 at http://wnpr.org Thousands Have Water Again In W.Va. As 'All-Clear' Areas Spread Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia http://wnpr.org/post/just-few-more-days-and-w-va-water-emergency-may-end Relief is finally arriving for the 300,000 or so people in nine West Virginia counties who haven't been able to drink, cook or clean with their tap water for more than four days.<p>Officials announced at noon Monday that tests show the level of a potentially harmful chemical have fallen to the point where the water can be turned back on. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15357 at http://wnpr.org Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va. http://wnpr.org/post/hundreds-thousands-still-without-water-w-va <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 4 p.m. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:12:00 +0000 editor 15298 at http://wnpr.org Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va. A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs http://wnpr.org/post/green-movement-website-shakes-debate-over-gmos A <a href="http://grist.org/series/panic-free-gmos/">26-part series</a> on genetically modified food was not Nathanael Johnson's idea. And he didn't realize it would take six months, either.<p>Last year, Johnson was hired as the new food writer for Grist, a website for environmental news and opinion. Grist's editor, <a href="http://grist.org/article/2011-09-12-meet-scott-rosenberg-grists-new-executive-editor/">Scott Rosenberg</a>, was waiting with an assignment: Dig into the controversy over GMOs.<p>GMOs "were a unique problem for us," says Rosenberg. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:39:50 +0000 Dan Charles 15255 at http://wnpr.org A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs Toy Safety a Concern as Holiday Shopping Gets Underway http://wnpr.org/post/toy-safety-concern-holiday-shopping-gets-underway <p>With the holiday shopping season underway,<a href="http://connpirgedfund.org/reports/ctf/trouble-toyland-0" target="_blank"> the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group has released its annual report on toy safety</a>. Director Abe Scarr cautioned that parents and guardians need to watch out for toys with toxic chemicals on store shelves.</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:38:46 +0000 Diane Orson 13103 at http://wnpr.org Toy Safety a Concern as Holiday Shopping Gets Underway Connecticut Food Industry Readies for Potential Regulation of Trans Fats http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-food-industry-readies-potential-regulation-trans-fats <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to reduce artificial trans fats in processed foods. According to the agency, the move could help prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. This means manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants could have to reformulate some of their recipes.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:27:30 +0000 Sujata Srinivasan 12783 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Food Industry Readies for Potential Regulation of Trans Fats Washington State Says 'No' To GMO Labels http://wnpr.org/post/washington-state-says-no-gmo-labels Voters appear to have defeated another attempt to require labels on genetically modified foods in Washington state. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:41:00 +0000 editor 10874 at http://wnpr.org Washington State Says 'No' To GMO Labels Breaking Bad and the Chemistry Classroom http://wnpr.org/post/breaking-bad-and-chemistry-classroom <p></p><p>Now that we&#39;re reeling at the prospect of life after &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; let&#39;s find out about the real lives of chemistry teachers! Hear from Dr. Donna Nelson, the consultant &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; creator Vince Gilligan hired to make sure the on-screen science was correct, and then go beyond the test tubes, and meet some chemistry teachers to hear about what actually goes on in the classroom.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:39:15 +0000 Colin McEnroe & Chion Wolf 5926 at http://wnpr.org Breaking Bad and the Chemistry Classroom In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program http://wnpr.org/post/first-step-syria-outlines-extent-its-chemical-weapons Syria has submitted the first details of its chemical arsenal to an international watchdog in the Netherlands that monitors compliance with agreements on such weapons.<p>The <a href="http://www.opcw.org/">Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons</a>, or OPCW, says it has received an "initial declaration" from Damascus outlining the extent of the Syrian program — a requirement under a <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/09/214247.htm">U.S.-Russia deal</a> "to ensure the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons program (CW) in the soonest and safest manner."<p>Syria had Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 5280 at http://wnpr.org In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program Labeling GMOs and Toxic Chemicals in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/labeling-gmos-and-toxic-chemicals-connecticut <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2005-14-2013%20Seg%20BC.mp3</p><p></p><p>Vegetables that are genetically modified to resist pests have become a part of our daily diet, whether we like it or not. Several states have been considering legislation that would require the labeling of GMO products, but Connecticut could be the first to pass such a law. Opponents of the bill say there&rsquo;s no health risk, and a law like this would pass on higher prices to consumers.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:03:10 +0000 John Dankosky 728 at http://wnpr.org Labeling GMOs and Toxic Chemicals in Connecticut Syria and Chemical Weapons http://wnpr.org/post/syria-and-chemical-weapons <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2005-07-2013%20C.mp3</p><p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr">The situation in Syria gets more confusing by the day. The Obama Administration is treading very cautiously around conflicting reports of who actually staged a sarin gas attack, the government of besieged President Bashar al Assad, or the rebels fighting to take over the country.</p><p dir="ltr">The U.S. backed Israel’s decision to make military strikes by air in Damascus - but there are questions over whether this might mean an escalation of tensions in the region.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:55:11 +0000 John Dankosky 754 at http://wnpr.org Syria and Chemical Weapons The Nose: Reddit, Ricin, & Readin' At The Presidential Library http://wnpr.org/post/nose-reddit-ricin-readin-presidential-library <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2004-26-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:35:27 +0000 Colin McEnroe 789 at http://wnpr.org The Nose: Reddit, Ricin, & Readin' At The Presidential Library Food Schmooze: Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook http://wnpr.org/post/food-schmooze-sodium-girls-limitless-low-sodium-cookbook <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mackattack/FMS%2020130413%20.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:42:04 +0000 Faith Middleton 830 at http://wnpr.org Food Schmooze: Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook Massachusetts And G.E. Request Delay In EPA's Housatonic River Clean Up Planning http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-and-ge-request-delay-epas-housatonic-river-clean-planning <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/nc%20110711%20Housatonic%20feature.mp3</p><p></p><p>The Housatonic River flows from Massachusetts down through Connecticut to Long Island Sound. It’s a popular destination for people who canoe and fish. But it’s also considered “impaired” by the state because it’s polluted. The fight to clean it up has played out for decades. Now in the latest round, the state of Massachusetts is squaring off with the E.P.A. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:42:37 +0000 Nancy Eve Cohen 8969 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts And G.E. Request Delay In EPA's Housatonic River Clean Up Planning Report On the Dangers of Paint Fumes and Solvents http://wnpr.org/post/report-dangers-paint-fumes-and-solvents <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mackattack/FMS%2020110425%20seg%20B%20Monday.mp3</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:50:13 +0000 Faith Middleton 10992 at http://wnpr.org Report On the Dangers of Paint Fumes and Solvents Learning About the Problem of PCBs http://wnpr.org/post/learning-about-problem-pcbs <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/nc%20110407%20Housatonic%20PCBs.mp3</p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov" target="_blank">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> is holding a series of workshops this week on the human health risks of PCBs in the Housatonic River and the different approaches to cleaning them up. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 15:11:25 +0000 Nancy Eve Cohen 11276 at http://wnpr.org Learning About the Problem of PCBs