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Environmental contamination: March 2017 Archives

An American Tragedy: The Victims of Environmental Contamination are Mostly the Poor and Minorities

A recent article titled "Righting Civil Wrongs" sadly describes how the poor, minority residents of communities throughout the United States have been left with no choice but to sue their government (the US EPA, specifically). Years ago, these residents formally claimed that they were the victims of environmental racism-for example, because government had permitted a local landfill to continue to expand into their neighborhood. By law, the US EPA is required to respond to these serious claims (they are claims of Civil Rights violations, after all) within 180 days, to say whether it agrees that environmental racism is at work. However, some of these residents have been waiting up to 20 years for an answer, and still do not have one.

What are the Health Effects of Glyphosate?

In March 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) gathered seventeen of the world's top cancer researchers to evaluate glyphosate, a primary component of the popular weed-killer, Roundup. The seventeen member work group was led by Dr. Aaron Blair, a recently retired epidemiologist from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

"The Arsonist is Now in Charge of the Fire Department" Scott Pruitt is Prepared to Ruin the Environment Because Big Oil Told Him To

Two things that Scott Pruitt just said prove that he is so deep into the pocket of big oil company polluters that he can't find his way out. He's not fit to head the EPA.

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