Category Archives: health

Alert 680: Don’t let Del. regulators fund incinerator promoters

Alert 680:  Del. regulators give $25,000 contract to incinerator promoters–“Contaminated Air Council”

“We are very happy to have this opportunity to partner with your organization to improve environmental quality in our state”
–letter from David Small, Acting Secretary

Please take action (below)

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DuPont at work in West Virginia

Worker killed by poison gas leak
February 5, 2010

DuPont at work in New Jersey

Sunday, February 7, 2010
Last updated: Sunday February 7, 2010, 10:13 AM

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Families already reeling from news that their health might be imperiled by dangerous chemicals seeping from a defunct DuPont munitions factory may now have something else to worry about: declining property values in their Passaic County neighborhood. Continue reading

Massachusetts Medical Society’s opposition to biomass plants

Comment: This was published in the Greenfield [Mass.] Recorder on Jan 26, 2010, but doesn’t seem to be available online. This is not the only medical society to oppose these burners. Delaware, due to wise actions ten years ago, already has in place laws against “biomass” burners. These laws are under attack and need to be strengthened and clarified.

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The purpose of this article is to describe the process and scientific rationale for the resolution by the Massachusetts Medical Society opposing biomass plants. Continue reading

Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health

“Only 25 percent of the studies paid for by the industry showed effects, compared with 75 percent of those studies that were independently funded.”

Not “may.” There really isn’t any question about it.  The pattern, as in so many things, is that industry influence in the US has prevented research, discussion, and sound policy making.  But things are cooking in the rest of the world.

This is one of the most important articles you can read.

Turn of the transmitter of your router and plug your computer in with an Ethernet cable.  Minimize cell phone use and use a headset whenever possible….

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Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago. Continue reading

Alert 672: “The real culprit is combustion itself ….”

(Thanks to Meg Sheehan of Ecolaw for a heads-up to this post.)

Most people who aren’t compromised probably get that if global warming is real, belching smokestacks aren’t the way to fix it.

I’ve come to suspect that one reason so many people don’t take climate change seriously is they can’t believe honest people would promote incinerating forests, manure, and garbage as “solutions.” The public is smelling scams. The public nose is working–climate policy has become a feeding frenzy of special interests who don’t give a damn about the future of anything but their pocketbooks. Continue reading

Alert 671: Delaware environmental laws under attack by “Clean Air Council”

BASF, with help from “Clean Air Council,” seeks to roll back Del. environmental laws, build highly-polluting “biomass” incinerator in Newport, DE
Public outrage needed NOW.  See below for action steps.

Friends:

Today, January 12, 2010, the Delaware General Assembly goes back into session.  As usual, this presents both threats and opportunities.

Delaware has few environmental distinctions.  One of these few is a strong law against incinerators.

Since 2000 this law, championed by State Senator David McBride, has protected thousands of people from death and disease caused by air pollution.

Special interests don’t stop conniving to weaken it.  Continue reading

“Statement of Evidence–Particulate Emissions and Health” by Professor Vyvyan Howard (38 pages).

This is not light reading, but neither is the subject.  Anyone wanting to know more about air pollution and health will find it worthwhile to plow through these 38 pages.

Vyvyan Howard is also a key person behind the longer report The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators from the British Society for Ecological Medicine