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Miriam Schimmel

Debate Over Alleged Dangers of BPA Ramps Up

The latest environmental hot button is the bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical contained in polycarbonate plastics. While BPA has existed since its creation in 1890 and the first evidence of toxicity…

Miriam Schimmel

$7 Million Awarded to Mesothelioma Victim

Asbestos manufacturer, Georgia Pacific Corp., was ordered by a San Francisco jury to pay in excess of $7 million to plaintiffs, Joan and Daniel Mahoney. Plaintiffs sued Georgia Pacific claiming that Mrs. Mahoney developed terminal cancer from exposure to asbestos fibers released during her work in a home remodeling business with her husband. Her husband testified that she was exposed to the…

Lance Rubin

British Petroleum to be Fined for Explosion

The 2005 explosion at British Petroleum’s Texas City plant killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others. Civil suits filed by the injured people and the families of those killed have been mostly resolved, but BP is being fined for its wrongdoing. The explosion at the Texas City plant about 40 miles southeast of Houston occurred after a piece of equipment called a blowdown drum overfilled…

Shehnaz Bhujwala

CA Consumers May Sue Grocery Stores to Enforce State Labeling Laws

Last week, California’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a federal food labeling law does not preclude California citizens from using state consumer laws to enforce an identical state labeling law. The High Court’s ruling means consumers may sue grocery store chains to enforce a state law requiring labeling of dyes added to farm-raised salmon.Do you recall a time in the not-too distant past…

Miriam Schimmel

Potential New Threat to Children?

Phthalates are chemicals which are used to stabilize fragrances and make plastics flexible. They are typically found in many products including cosmetics, toys, vinyl flooring and medical supplies. A recent study suggests their presence in baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals that have been linked with possible reproductive problems. The study, which is published…

Jenny Albano

Los Angeles to Drain Two Reservoirs Due to Cancer Risk

Two reservoirs in Los Angeles that supply drinking water to residents had to be shut down after officials found the water to be contaminated with high levels of a cancer causing chemical, bromate.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power intend to drain 600 million gallons of water from Elysian and Silver Lake reservoirs early next year, a process that will leave them out of action for three…

Shannon Weidemann

Slow Response for Mercury Spill on Los Angeles Subway

Los Angeles’s subway stations are unattended and monitored only by closed circuit television cameras. In December a man spilled mercury on the platform at one of the stations and contacted the Metro Transit Authority on what he had done. It took 8 hours before anything was done to clean up the spill. In the meantime several passengers of the subway came in contact with the hazardous…

Paul Kiesel

California Schools Fail the Pesticide Test

Schools get an F on pesticide use. Parents, teachers and students must work to eliminate the highly dangerous presence of pesticides in our schools. Throughout the country young children are being exposed to highly toxic pesticides in their schools. The use of dangerous chemicals contained in pesticides is a serious threat to our children’s health. The National Academy of Sciences has stated…

Patrick DeBlase

Lawsuit Accuses Gas Co. of Polluting Aquifers

Southern California Gas Co. accused in lawsuit by the Environmental Law Foundation of leaching cancer-causing toxins into the local aquifer by storing and pumping natural gas in depleted oil fields.The Oakland based Environmental Law Foundation filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court this week alleges that the Southern California Gas Co. is polluting the local water table. …

Patrick DeBlase

Boeing Dragging Its Feet on Runoff Rules

Beoing continues to dump toxins and seeks more lenient rules concerning rocket facility in Simi Valley.The rocket facility in the Simi Hills has played host to some of the worst toxic pollution ever known. Nuclear reactor meltdowns, toxic clouds, TCE, chromium 6 and other hazardous and toxic chemicals were allowed to leach into the earth contaminating drinking water supplies. At a time when…