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 […]

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. […]

Whole Foods Market 5% Day Benefiting Trevor’s Trek Foundation

Healthy eating is an essential aspect to quality and longevity of life.  While there might be a price difference, it is very important to eat foods free of pesticides and other chemicals.  There are nearly 5 million chemicals worldwide, 70,000 of which humans come in contact with on a daily basis.  20,000 of theses chemicals […]

EPA Agrees to Investigate Cancer Cluster in West Salem

WEST SALEM, Ore. – The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate after five cases of a rare bone cancer were diagnosed in a two-square mile area here. Parents and neighbors concerned about the cancer cluster got their first chance to hear from the EPA Tuesday. But the EPA has not agreed to any testing […]

Toxic Refinery Fire

Toxic Refinery Fire

It’s simple, oil refineries are not safe. Some of the most toxic substances known to man are byproducts of oil refining. And, when something goes wrong, and it seems that something always does go wrong, the result is potential catastrophe. In August, at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, something went terribly wrong. A […]

Follow Up: At What Cost Fire Safety?

Follow Up: At What Cost Fire Safety?

What happens when government gets it wrong? Well, in this case, the California legislature finally has seen the error of its 1975 law that required furniture foam to endure an open flame for up to 12 seconds without catching fire. It turns out that the law, intended to keep Californians safe, has had some pretty […]

Ostriches (and Humans) Beware

Ostriches (and Humans) Beware

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that saying in my life. When I hear it, I think about ostriches with their heads buried in the sand. Hopefully, that sand isn’t anywhere near a shale gas drilling site. I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements or the […]