Low-Income, Black, And Latino Americans Face Highest Risk Of Chemical Spills

Daria Hernandez holds her twenty-month-old son, Ivan at her home Wednesday February, 3, 2010 in Kettleman City, Calif. Ivan has suffered through two surgeries to repair a cleft palate and his mother believes it is a birth defect because they live three miles downwind from the biggest hazardous waste landfill west of the Mississippi. (AP […]

The people who face the greatest threat from potential toxic chemical disasters are disproportionately low-income, black, or Latino, according to a study released Thursday by three environmental groups. Compared to the national average, the 134 million people who live closest to U.S. chemical facilities are 75 percent more likely to be black, 60

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Showering In Formaldehyde? Fresh Fears In West Virginia

Scientist says there’s ‘a lot more we don’t know’ about the safety of West Virginia water

"What we know scares us, and we know there's a lot more we don't know," a West Virginia environmental scientist said Wednesday after revealing he had found formaldehyde in water samples taken after officials had declared the water safe for drinking. Scott Simonton, a Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state

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West Virginia Governor On Safety Of Water Supply: ‘It’s Your Decision… I’m Not A Scientist’

Questions remain about the safety of Charleston’s water. “I drink it occasionally,» says governor.

Amid growing concerns over whether or not the water is actually safe for 300,000 West Virginians following a massive chemical spill into the water supply, the state’s governor said it was up to each of them to decide whether they use it. “It’s your decision,” Gov. Tomblin told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “If you do not feel

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The Price Of Doing Business: W. VA Chemical Spill Sets Stage For Fight Over Regulations

Many feel that the momentum of public outrage may force reform, but others say lobbyists will be out in force to ensure nothing interferes with profits.

In light of the Elk River spill, in which thousands of gallons of coal-refining chemical spilled into the water supply for more than a quarter-million residents in West Virginia and Ohio, new lines are being drawn in the fight over government regulations. The day following the spill the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Reducing Excessive

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Even “Rugged Individuals” Can’t Drink Poisoned Water

Real Americans don’t need safety nets or government protection, just rugged individualism and immunity to 4-methylcyclohexane methanol poisoning.

A major environmental accident occurred Thursday in West Virginia that should strike a bolt of fear through every American who takes a sip of water. While it is too soon to say what the extent of the damage will be, the consequences are nonetheless revealing for those who argue the government is the source of most of our problems. But first the

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