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2010-12-20 09:10:00

Hexavalent chromium--a substance dubbed a "probable carcinogen" by the National Toxicology Program--has been found in the drinking water of 31 U.S. cities, according to a Sunday report by the Washington Post. The substance, which Washington Post Staff Writer Lyndsey Layton notes entered the public consciousness as a result of the movie 'Erin Brockovich', has been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The discovery was made by the Washington D.C. based Environmental Working Group, which...

2010-12-13 11:36:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- New York based law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. (www.weitzlux.com) has been invited by a number of Clearville, Pennsylvania residents to address the adverse effects of unconventional natural gas drilling and storage in their community. The firm will host an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, at the Pleasant Union Church Building in Clearville, Pennsylvania to listen to the concerns of the community, share information and...

2010-10-12 17:07:32

Coffee husks clean up toxic chromium The metal chromium is an essential nutrient for plant and animal metabolism, but it can accumulate to toxic and hazardous levels in the environment when discharged in industrial waste water; a point made infamous by the movie Erin Brockovich. Chromium-contaminated wastewaters usually originate from dye and pigment manufacturing, wood preserving, electroplating and leather tanning. The element can exist in water as charged particles in one of two states,...

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2009-08-18 19:09:24

Film star Julia Roberts is heading to Rome this week to work on the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love, ANSA said. Roberts, who has acted on-screen only sporadically in recent years because she wanted to stay home with her three young children, is best known for her roles in the romantic comedies Pretty Woman and My Best Friend's Wedding. She won an Oscar for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her latest film, which is being directed by Ryan Murphy,...

2009-02-18 16:47:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A who's who of asbestos litigators will assemble next month in Los Angeles to discuss emerging asbestos litigation trends and review what transpired in 2008. The event, March 9-11, is being produced by HB Litigation Conferences LLC, formerly Mealey's Conferences. The conference, spanning three days at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, is chaired by John Cooney of Chicago's Cooney & Conway, Timothy Krippner of Segal McCambridge Singer &...

2009-01-28 15:13:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Judges from California, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania are appearing on the faculty of the "Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation Conference" scheduled for March 9-11, 2009 at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Noted environmental activist Erin Brockovich -- the subject of the award-winning movie bearing her name -- will deliver the keynote address. The program is being presented by HB Litigation Conferences LLC, formerly Mealey's...

2008-10-03 09:00:00

It is a story heard all across the country: corporations pollute a community's groundwater with harmful chemicals and then try to evade responsibility. This scenario is well understood by residents of Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, who recently have learned that their groundwater was contaminated by DuPont's operations more than 20 years ago. That contamination is now releasing elevated levels of hazardous vapors into the homes of area residents. "This is a community of families, many with...

2008-09-29 21:00:22

Ellen DeGeneres has recorded a series of phone messages that are an urgent reminder for women: Help yourself fight breast cancer. The messages, which can be delivered by online request, are intended to nudge women to take steps to check for the disease that is the second-most lethal kind of cancer in women after lung cancers. "I went into a studio and recorded a million different (versions): 'Hi, this is Ellen DeGeneres and your sister told me to remind you that it's Breast Cancer...

2008-09-20 12:00:53

ERIN Brockovich, the campaigner immortalised in an Oscar-winning film, has urged oil giant Shell to reroute a controversial gas pipeline in the west of Ireland. The former legal clerk, who famously took on a massive power company accused of toxic leaks, gave her wholehearted support to the campaigners opposing the development in Co Mayo. Ms Brockovich said the pipeline must be relocated if it would negatively impact on residents' health or property. "There is no compromise when it comes...

2008-09-17 09:00:00

By Ray Scherer CAMERON, Mo. -- Brain tumor patient Steve Helms wants to know the root cause of his continual tiredness and life-threatening condition. A team of federal and state government employees descended on Cameron Monday in a bid to ascertain an answer for Mr. Helms and others in the area -- both victims of tumors and their family members. "They haven't really answered anything yet," Mr. Helms said between chores on his 40-acre farm just north of the city. "I'm losing all the...


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