Biden Administration to Restore Clean-Water Protections Ended by Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would repeal a Trump-era rule that weakened pollution controls for wetlands and streams.

#agriculture-and-farming, #clean-water-act, #democratic-party, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution, #wetlands

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Are Natural Deodorants Better for You?

Much of the marketing suggests that they’re safer than more traditional underarm products, but that hype is not based on science.

#aluminum, #breast-cancer, #content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #deodorants, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #labeling-and-labels-product, #skin, #sweating

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Indonesian Lawsuit Seeks Court’s Help in Pollution Battle

A district court in Indonesia’s capital is expected to rule soon in a suit accusing the president and top officials of failing to curb pollution.

#air-pollution, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #joko-widodo, #politics-and-government, #respiratory-diseases, #roads-and-traffic, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Train in Iowa With Hazardous Materials Derails, Prompting Evacuation

About 80 people in Sibley, Iowa, were ordered to evacuate. It was unclear what exactly the train was carrying or what was burning.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #iowa, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #union-pacific-corporation

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Over 25,000 DDT-Tainted Barrels Are Discovered on Seafloor Off California

One researcher said the number of drums laced with the pesticide far exceeded his expectations. “It was hard to wrap my head around the density of targets,” he said.

#california, #ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #oceans-and-seas, #scripps-institution-of-oceanography, #terrill-eric, #valentine-david-l-scientist, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Your Smartphone Should Be Built to Last

A movement is underway to slow the obsolescence of our electronic gear.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #law-and-legislation, #longevity, #microsoft-corp, #new-york-state, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #samsung-group, #smartphones, #software, #sonos-inc, #sony-corporation, #states-us, #sustainable-living, #tablet-computers, #united-states

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Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #books-and-literature, #genetic-engineering, #global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #rich-nathaniel-1980, #second-nature-scenes-from-a-world-remade-book

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Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Florida’s Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

#coal, #duke-energy-corporation, #environment, #factory-farming, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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E.P.A. to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump

The agency said it would carry out an accounting of political interference in science, an usually public act that Biden administration officials said was needed to restore trust in the agency’s decisions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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More Childhood Lead Poisoning Is a Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

Lead screenings for children plummeted last spring, and stay-at-home orders may have increased household exposure to the toxic metal.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #michigan, #minnesota, #new-york-city, #poisoning-and-poisons, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction

In “Count Down,” Shanna Swan tells a story of declining sperm count, rising infertility and the possible extinction of the human species.

#bisphenol-a-bpa, #books-and-literature, #chemicals, #count-down-the-past-present-and-uncertain-future-of-the-big-four-accounting-firms-second-edition-book, #endocrine-gland, #estrogen, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infertility, #reproduction-biological, #swan-shanna-h, #testosterone

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How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?

Eyeless roundworms may have hacked other cellular warning systems to give themselves a form of color vision.

#bacteria, #color, #evolution-biology, #eyes-and-eyesight, #genetics-and-heredity, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #light, #research, #science-journal, #senses-and-sensation, #worms, #your-feed-science

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Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals From Its Mac and Cheese

The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets.

#containers-and-packaging, #food, #food-and-drug-administration, #general-mills-inc, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kraft-foods-group-inc, #organic-trade-assn, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #swan-shanna-h, #taco-bell-corp, #testosterone

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Lebanon Removes Judge Investigating Beirut Blast

The removal of Judge Fadi Sawan, who had been investigating the port explosion for months, was a setback to those seeking justice for the deadly blast that tore through Beirut.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #diab-hassan-1959, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hezbollah, #sawan-fadi

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Some Baby Food May Contain Toxic Metals, U.S. Reports

Testing found high levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium in some ingredients, congressional investigators said.

#arsenic, #baby-foods, #food, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infant-formulas, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #lead, #parenting, #product-tests, #rice, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Toxic ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Seeps Into Gowanus Bay After Barge Accident

As Brooklyn residents voiced concern, the Environmental Protection Agency said it appeared little toxic material had been released into the bay.

#canals, #environmental-protection-agency, #gowanus-brooklyn-ny, #gowanus-canal-brooklyn-ny, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #water-pollution

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Firefighters Battle an Unseen Hazard: Their Gear Could Be Toxic

This week, in a first, firefighters are demanding independent testing for cancer-linked chemicals known as PFAS in their gear and that their union drop sponsorships from chemical and equipment makers.

#cancer, #chemicals, #fires-and-firefighters, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-assn-of-fire-fighters, #national-fire-protection-assn, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Hall of Fame Lawyer, a ‘Real Housewife’ and a Stunning Fall

One of the country’s premier “toxic tort” lawyers is accused of misappropriating money from families of victims of the Lion Air crash that led to the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. And that’s just the beginning.

#boeing-737-max-groundings-and-safety-concerns-2019, #boeing-company, #brockovich-erin, #embezzlement, #girardi-thomas-v, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #legal-profession, #lion-air, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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New York Waterway Ferry Company Accused of Dumping Sewage into Hudson

Two former workers claim New York Waterway fouled the river with unfiltered waste from boats’ toilets. The firm denies the allegations.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #boats-and-boating, #carpenito-craig, #clean-water-act, #environmental-protection-agency, #ferries, #fines-penalties, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hudson-river, #imperatore-arthur-e, #imperatore-arthur-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #new-jersey, #new-york-waterway, #pohan-armand, #rivers, #sewers-and-sewage, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #whistle-blowers

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Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #fulop-steven-m, #gardens-and-gardening, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #riverkeeper, #rivers, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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The African Crested Rat Covers Itself With Poison That Can Take Out an Elephant

The African crested rat gnaws on poisonous tree branches, then grooms its noxious spittle into its fur.

#hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #poisoning-and-poisons, #research, #rodents, #your-feed-science

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The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.

#american-chemistry-council, #babies-and-infants, #chemicals, #chemistry, #child-car-seats, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #fires-and-firefighters, #flame-retardants, #foam, #furniture, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting, #stapleton-heather-m

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The Risks of Another Epidemic: Teenage Vaping

“We’re stepping backward from all the advances we’ve made in tobacco control,” one investigator said.

#addiction-psychology, #e-cigarettes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #juul-labs-inc, #lungs, #nicotine, #puff-bar-disposable, #smoking-and-tobacco, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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California Needs to Do More to Fight Environmental Racism

The state may be phasing out gas-powered cars, but it’s still legal to put an oil well right next to an elementary school.

#california, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #los-angeles-calif, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #segregation-and-desegregation

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Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

#collins-susan-m, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #muscara-suzanne, #postal-service-us, #senate, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The F.D.A. Wanted to Ban Some Hair Straighteners. It Never Happened.

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.

#beauty-salons, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #environmental-working-group, #food-and-drug-administration, #formaldehyde, #freedom-of-information-act, #hair, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Wildfires May Pose Drinking Water Safety Issues

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science-journal, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #chemicals, #containers-and-packaging, #diabetes, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-food-safety-authority, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hoosick-falls-ny, #obesity, #parenting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #teflon, #thyroid-gland, #water-pollution

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356 Elephants Dropped Dead. Did This Bacteria Poison Them?

Some conservationists accepted the explanation provided by Botswana’s government, but others raised doubts.

#algae, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #wildlife-die-offs, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How to Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke

Even if flames are far away, smoke can travel and threaten kids’ health. But staying inside has trade-offs too.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #children-and-childhood, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lungs, #masks, #respiratory-diseases, #wildfires

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Australia’s Stinging Trees: Please Do Not Pet Them

Scientists have found a potent chemical that might give Australian giant stinging trees their extraordinarily painful punch.

#australia, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #indigenous-australians, #research, #science-advances-journal, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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Here’s a Way to Make Communities More Resilient to Hurricanes

Listen to the scientists who study them.

#coastal-areas, #global-warming, #gulf-coast-us, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #houston-tex, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #research

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Her Town Depended on the Mill. Was It Also Making the Residents Sick?

In “Mill Town,” Kerri Arsenault uncovers her family’s long history in northern Maine and an epidemic of cancer that may be intimately connected to the community’s main employer.

#arsenault-kerri, #books-and-literature, #cancer, #dioxin, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mill-town-reckoning-with-what-remains-book, #paper-and-pulp

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Hurricane Laura Passed, but Disaster Still Looms for Texas

We survived Hurricane Laura, but the Gulf Coast needs better surge protections for the next one.

#global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

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Laura Hits Petrochemical Region, and a Factory Goes Up in Flames

The hurricane rolled over a coast studded with oil, gas and chemical plants. Other storms have caused the release of toxic substances, often affecting minority communities.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #port-arthur-tex, #sasol-ltd, #texas

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The 3 Scariest Chemicals to Watch Out For in Your Home

They’re everywhere and can impair fertility and interfere with child development.

#chemicals, #content-type-service, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting

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Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia

Poison has been a preferred tool of the Russian security service for more than a century, and critics of the Kremlin say it remains in the arsenal today.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #kara-murza-vladimir-v, #moscow-russia, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #navalny-aleksei-a, #poisoning-and-poisons, #targeted-killings

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Michigan to Pay $600 Million to Victims of Flint Water Crisis

Residents were left ill and relying on bottled water. Health officials said the effects on children were most concerning.

#flint-mich, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lead, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water-pollution

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Should a Study on Pesticides Affect Our Use of Them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.

#ddt-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #heart, #medicine-and-health, #pesticides, #research, #west-nile-virus

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Pollution Is Killing Black Americans. This Community Fought Back.

African-Americans are 75 percent more likely than others to live near facilities that produce hazardous waste. Can a grass-roots environmental-justice movement make a difference?

#air-pollution, #black-people, #discrimination, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #philadelphia-pa, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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Gold vs. Salmon: Battle Over an Alaskan Mine

The Pebble Mine could be worth billions. It could also put a lucrative fishing industry at risk.

#alaska, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #lakes, #mines-and-mining, #pipelines, #salmon, #water-pollution

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Judge Puts Cloud Over Settlement of Roundup Cancer Claims

An agreement for the weedkiller’s maker to pay more than $10 billion to end litigation may not get court approval.

#bayer-ag, #chhabria-vince-girdhari, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #feinberg-kenneth-r, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #monsanto-company, #non-hodgkins-lymphoma, #roundup, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bayer-ag, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #cancer, #chemicals, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #feinberg-kenneth-r, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #monsanto-company, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

An appellate court in Missouri upheld more than $2 billion in damages against Johnson & Johnson, saying the company knew there was asbestos in its baby powder.

#cancer, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #johnsonjohnson, #liability-for-products, #missouri, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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9 Hand Sanitizers May Be Toxic, F.D.A. Warns

The warning applies to nine lines of hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico that contain methanol, or wood alcohol, which can be dangerous, the agency said.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eskbiochem-sa-de-cv, #food-and-drug-administration, #hand-sanitizer, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #methanol, #mexico, #poisoning-and-poisons

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