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News stories tagged with "chemicals"

We donít really know what these chemicals are doing to the fish, to the wildlife, and to the people that live around the Great Lakes.

Report: new chemicals threaten Great Lakes

A new report calls on the U.S. and Canada to do more to protect human health and water quality in the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission's biennial report says beach closures, contaminated groundwater, and invasive species continue to be significant problems in the region. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Personal care products play role in behavioral disorders?

The Vermont Senate is expected to take a final vote this week on a bill that would phase out the chemical bisphenol-A in some types of packaging. The bill would ban use of the chemical in reusable food and beverage containers, as well as infant formula and baby food containers. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England says BPA has been linked to a high number of health problems, including infertility, miscarriage, and breast and prostate cancer. The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, maintains that it is safe and helps keep food safe by keeping it fresh.

There's been a rise in reports of behavioral disorders in kids over the past decade or so. Some researchers say genetics, lack of sleep, and chaotic households all contribute to things like ADHD. Now researchers say another cause could be personal care products. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Green chemistry: rethinking chemical structure

Modern chemistry is everywhere: the paint on our walls, the ink on the morning newspaper, and the plastics in our computers. Problem is, the chemicals are also in our air, water, and food. The Environment Report's Reid Frazier visited a chemist who is trying to re-think how chemicals are made.  Go to full article

Clarkson Cited for Hazardous Waste Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining Clarkson University more than $60,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations. The EPA filed the complaint yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Farm Chemical Theft

Senator Hillary Clinton says the creation of a joint federal, state and local task force should help guard against the theft of chemicals from New York farmers. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Chemical Plant Security

Some public health experts and government leaders are calling for new efforts to protect people from the risk of a terrorist attack on plants that manufacture or store chemicals. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

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