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Two new reports from the Union of Concerned Scientists explain in detail how this administration’s rollbacks of bedrock environmental, health and safety standards have exposed children to more poisons in the food they eat, the water they drink, and the air that they breathe and has actively suppressed the science that would give us a greater understanding of how children are uniquely affected by chemicals and toxins. Similarly, The Hill reported that on Tuesday experts on lead contamination in the nation’s water supply criticized the EPA’s proposed rule to clean up drinking water supplies saying that it does not go far enough in order to protect children from exposure to lead — an issue that was brought to light by the scandal over Flint, Michigan’s water.
Why This Matters: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says no safe blood-lead level for lead has been found for children — they should not be exposed at all. But to replace every lead pipe in this country would be a very long and expensive process — the City of New York said a zero exposure standard is not attainable. Still, we can and must do better. President Trump told right to life activists that he is a strong defender of unborn children at a recent D.C. rally, but when it comes to those who have already been born, not so much. It is hard to imagine anyone in the U.S. actively supporting putting pollution before kids.
Getting the Lead Out
Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped publicize the Flint, Mich., water crisis, told lawmakers that a plan based solely on health protection would eliminate lead from service lines and maximize corrosion control so children are not exposed to it. But a representative from the City of New York said EPA’s proposed rule is better than “setting unattainable mandates such as a deadline for the replacement of all lead service lines nationwide.” The proposed rule would not mandate replacement of lead pipes unless the lead levels in the drinking water reach 15 ppb, and they would only be required to replace 3 percent of lead service lines each year, less than the current requirement of 7 percent.
Why This Matters: A study of 30,000 firefighters from 2010 to 2015 found that firefighters have an increased risk of many different cancers including: leukemia, malignant mesothelioma, bladder and prostate cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, and digestive and oral cancers.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer World Health Organization expert Dr. Peter Ben Embarek revealed this week that the organization’s team of researchers have found two scenarios that could have transferred COVID-19 to humans. He acknowledges that COVID-19 could have been transmitted through frozen products at the Wuhan fish market, but the most likely scenario […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Monday has found that a second, sneezier plague is ramping up. Allergy seasons have increased in duration by an average of 20 days since 1990. Why? Rising temperatures and an abundance of atmospheric carbon are increasing the amount of pollen in the air, and researchers say the […]
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