public health

Los Angeles Bans New Oil Drilling, Will Phase Out Current Wells

Los Angeles Bans New Oil Drilling, Will Phase Out Current Wells

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban new oil and methane gas drilling, and phase out existing wells within 20 years. The ordinance is a major victory for communities — disproportionately communities of color essentially forced to live in sacrifice zones — who have long suffered from decades of carcinogenic pollution released by […]

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    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    U.S. Senators Call for Better Protections Against Lead in Tap Water

    Amid National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, 15 U.S. Senators are appealing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for increased measures that will protect people from lead in tap water.  The senators, led by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), are asking for a lower threshold of lead […]

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    EPA Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Jackson, Mississippi, Water Crisis

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a civil rights investigation into whether or not the state of Mississippi discriminated against its capital city of Jackson by failing to fix its outdated water infrastructure.  The city of Jackson, which is more than 80 percent Black, suffered a water crisis this August after flooding led […]

    Benzene Leaking From 99% of Gas Stoves in California Homes, Study Finds

    Benzene Leaking From 99% of Gas Stoves in California Homes, Study Finds

    In a study of 159 homes all around California, researchers found that gas stoves are leaking harmful gases, like benzene, which was found in 99% of samples. The leaks are happening even when appliances are turned off, the study found. The authors say more research is necessary to determine how many homes are having these […]

    High BPA Levels Found in Popular Sports Bra and Athletic Gear Brands

    High BPA Levels Found in Popular Sports Bra and Athletic Gear Brands

    Usually when a person dons workout attire, they are hoping to do something positive for their health.  That’s why new testing from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is so concerning. The group found that eight popular sports bra brands and six popular athletic shirt brands had unhealthy levels of the environmental toxin bisphenol A […]