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“It’s massively overdue. It’s decades overdue,” environmental attorney Robert Bilott told the Washington Post. Bilott is the attorney who sued DuPont about contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a related compound. After decades of fighting PFAS, he hopes that the federal government will hold the chemical manufacturers (the “truly responsible parties” as he calls them) accountable this time. “This is a huge public health threat, and it’s something that has just gone on way too long.”
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, the medical journal Lancet published their annual report on health in relation to climate change, subtitling it: “code red for a healthy future.” The report delves beyond the obvious effects of wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme weather events — looking at food security; livelihoods; human physical and mental […]
The editors of over 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that climate change is a health issue and that its effects could become “catastrophic” if world leaders don’t do more to address it. The health impacts of climate change include wildfire smoke–which has been linked to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases–and pollutants […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The EPA has announced that it will propose the first-ever limits on the discharge of polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in wastewater. The class of chemicals, often called “forever chemicals,” can accumulate in the environment and the human body and contribute to health problems. However, public health and environmental […]
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