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2008-12-16 15:26:52

Researchers say sea lions and seals living off the coast of Southern California are contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCB. The research by California State University, Long Beach suggests waste laden with pesticides and chemicals continues to poison marine life off the Palos Verdes Peninsula's White Point, more than 30 years after the dumping was halted. The report said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9 million cubic meters of sediment contaminated with about...

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2008-12-09 10:04:53

Striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary are contaminated before birth with a toxic mix of pesticides, industrial chemicals and flame retardants that their mothers acquire from estuary waters and food sources and pass on to their eggs, say UC Davis researchers. Using new analytical techniques, the researchers found that offspring of estuary fish had underdeveloped brains, inadequate energy supplies and dysfunctional livers. They grew slower and were smaller than offspring of hatchery fish...

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2008-12-08 13:30:00

Scientific research from around the world suggests that the male gender is in danger, with incalculable consequences for both humans and wildlife. The research shows that a host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. On Wednesday, Britain will lead opposition to proposed new European controls on pesticides, many of which have been found to have "gender-bending" effects. Recent U.S. research has also shown that baby...

2008-10-30 15:00:22

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal government, along with the state of Connecticut, has reached three related settlements with numerous responsible parties to ensure funding for environmental clean up activities at the Solvents Recovery Service of New England Superfund (SRSNE) site in Southington, Conn., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The site is the former location of a solvent recycling and resale facility that disposed...

2008-10-10 21:00:17

By ERIK ROBINSON Banks of capacitors free of polychlorinated biphenyls at Bonneville Power Administration's substation at the Ross Complex in Hazel Dell. Miniature capacitor models line the tables as Bonneville Power Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency celebrated the complete removal of PCB-laden capacitors from the Northwest power grid. A couple of generations ago, polychlorinated biphenyl was the wonder substance of the electrical industry. Devised in the 19th...

2008-10-07 09:00:48

Hydrodec (AIM:HYR) today officially opened the nation's first sustainable transformer oil refinery in Canton, Ohio, where it will produce SUPERfine(TM)--the world's first sustainable and reusable transformer oil(1). The 8 million gallon per year capacity plant will recycle spent transformer oil and convert it into new SUPERfine(TM) transformer oil which can be used (and re-used) by utilities across the country, saving them money, reducing emissions and decreasing reliance on imported oil. The...

2008-10-03 15:00:14

TORONTO, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- RESTORATION ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTORS - REC DEMOLITION - REC DISASTER RECOVERY: http://www.environmentalhazards.com/, experts in asbestos removal, demolition, disaster recovery, lead abatement, soil remediation and plant closures and industrial site remediation, is proud to announce the launch of a redevelopment strategy and anti-recession campaign. "Since the planning or decision for the plant closures are already made," says Don Bremner. "Our plan is...

2008-10-01 12:00:24

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- People and homes in California have been found to have significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), compared to other locations in the country and the world. A new peer-reviewed study published online in Environmental Science & Technology provides evidence that California's unique furniture flammability standard, requiring furniture to be fire resistant to an open flame for 12 seconds, has led...

2008-09-19 00:00:29

Decades have been wasted examining the problem of carcinogens while not doing enough to stem "industrial manslaughter," a U.S. researcher said. Jeanne Mager Stellman, chairwoman of environmental and occupational health sciences at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, told the President's Cancer Panel that government policy and a "lack of the will to prevent occupational disease, death and disability" are responsible for the failure to control cancer-causing chemicals in...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

By ERIK ROBINSON Alcoa will scoop 56,000 cubic yards of PCB-tainted sediment from the Columbia River near its old Vancouver smelter under a legally binding agreement reached this week with the state Department of Ecology. The agreement culminates a long-running negotiation between the company and state regulators. It follows the revelation last year by researchers who found alarmingly high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, a suspected carcinogen, in the tissue of clams living in the...