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AIHA supports NIOSH’s proposed new risk-based carcinogen classification policy

NIOSH would no longer consider technical achievability to control exposures
March 28, 2014

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) expresses its appreciation to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the opportunity to comment on the NIOSH Draft Current Intelligence Bulletin “Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level Policy for Chemical Hazards in the Workplace."


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Communities continue to call for stronger protections as chemical incidents rise

A report from the Center for Effective Government
March 13, 2014

As the number of chemical disasters and injuries continues to mount in 2014, evidence shows that the risks that chemical facilities present to the local communities in which they are located are greater than many residents previously understood. The Center for Effective Government has created a set of maps, showing how close many of these facilities are to schools and hospitals.


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Air pollution can trigger strokes, heart attacks

New PSA from EPA advises: Be smart. Protect your heart.
February 7, 2014

People with heart disease should check the daily Air Quality Index forecast and avoid exercising out of doors on bad air quality days, according to the EPA, which has issued a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the public and healthcare providers about the risks of air pollution to the heart.


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EPA: Air pollution down

February 6, 2014

Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report released this week. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.


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EPA’s McCarthy: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time”

January 17, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Statement to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the President’s Climate Action Plan. In June of last year, the President reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon pollution when he directed many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to take meaningful steps to mitigate the current and future damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and to prepare for the anticipated climate changes that have already been set in motion.


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Make testing your home for radon a New Year’s resolution

EPA: Radon-related lung cancer causes 21,000 deaths a year
January 9, 2014

As Americans across the country look for ways to improve their health this New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highlighting radon testing and mitigation as a simple and affordable step to significantly reduce the risk for lung cancer.


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Mercury levels in U.S. women of childbearing age way down

Fewer in danger zone than in the past
November 25, 2013

Blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age have dropped 34 percent in the past 14 years, according to a survey by the EPA. Additionally, the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the level of concern decreased 65 percent from the 1999-2000 survey and follow-up surveys from 2001-2010.


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TSCA reform moves forward with House hearing

Both sides call for revisions
November 6, 2013

A Senate effort to reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is scheduled for a hearing next week in the House. The controversial legislation, which was introduced in May by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), will likely get a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.


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Effort to prevent lead poisoning among children goes global

Paint the main culprit in exposure
October 25, 2013

More than 35 countries will take place in activities associated with Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action – an effort spearheaded by the EPA, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint in a Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action.


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Shutdown affects on EHS become clearer

CSB suspends operations, MSHA finds coal miner deaths "troubling"
October 11, 2013

With the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) website not being updated during the federal government shutdown, CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso used a recent news conference in Washington, D.C. to warn of the shutdown’s affect on his agency.


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