Lawsuit Blames Whirlpool for Cancer Cluster

FREMONT — A law firm has filed a $750 million class action lawsuit against the Whirlpool Corp., blaming the company for causing the Clyde Cancer Cluster by dumping toxic chemicals at the former Whirlpool Park in Green Springs. Attorneys Joe Albrechta and John Coble filed the suit Thursday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court on […]

Environmental Issues and Health Care Costs

When schools are built on toxic land, students will fall behind.  When people in rural, low income communities get sick they typically go to the emergency room, driving up health care costs.  Many think that we cannot focus on environmental issues and improve our economy, when in hindsight it is the opposite.  We must focus […]

Senator Crapo Introduces New Brownfields Bill

Sen. Mike Crapo – along with several other lawmakers – introduced a bill that seeks to improve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Program. The bill is seeking to improve the grant process by increasing amount funding available for cleanup projects and expanding grant eligibility for publicly-owned sites and nonprofits, according to a news release […]

Marine City Mothers Forge Ahead in Fight for Cancer Research

  By: Jeri Packer, Staff Writer A group of Marine City area parents whose children survived Wilms’ tumor decided they needed to take control. After five children from different families in the Marine City area were stricken with the rare kidney cancer between 2007 and 2011, they went from shock, to grief and then to anger. […]

Senators Push for Action on Disease Clusters Bill

Two years ago, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced the Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act, more commonly known as Trevor’s Law.  Although the full committee endorsed the bill last year, it never came to a vote in the […]

Government Report Sheds New Light on Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Washington, DC. – A new report released today by federal health officials shows that the decades-long case of drinking water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is one of the worst on record. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that tap water supplied to base housing contained toxic […]

Contamination at North Carolina Marine Base Lasted Up to 60 Years

Some of the wells that supplied drinking water to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were contaminated by cancer-causing solvents for as long as 60 years, a new federal report shows. Month-by-month calculations show that Marines and their families at the base drank and bathed in water that may have been tainted with trichloroethylene (TCE) from […]

Camp Lejeune Water Highly Contaminated With Carcinogens

For much of Camp Lejeune’s history, its drinking water was contaminated by potent carcinogens at levels rarely if ever seen in a large water system, a new federal report shows. A study by scientists at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry shows vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene (TCE) in water at the North Carolina […]

Brownfields: Beneath Our Feet

  By Kimberlee Kruesi TWIN FALLS • The problem came from a common chemical with an uncommon name: tetrachloroethylene. It was a chemical dry cleaners in the 1980s loved — including Twin Falls-based Mr. A’s. The clear liquid easily removed stains. But it has since been classified as an environmental pollutant by public health officials. […]

New Disease Cluster Legislation Introduced in the Senate

    Identifying disease clusters is one way environmental health advocates have been able to link the causation of cancer to releases of toxic chemicals in the environment. According to the National Cancer Institute, a disease cluster is “the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cases of a particular disease within a group of people.” […]