Tagged with Environmental Health

Observed Decrease in Atmospheric Mercury Explained by Global Decline in Anthropogenic Emissions

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (January 4, 2016; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516312113) / by Yanxu Zhang, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/01/02/1516312113 Anthropogenic mercury poses risks to humans and ecosystems when converted to methylmercury. A longstanding conundrum has been the apparent disconnect between increasing global emissions trends and measured declines in atmospheric mercury in North America and Europe. … Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Surface Regulations

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection http://bit.ly/1UA6ccx (DEP website) http://bit.ly/1JxamkO (fact sheet) http://bit.ly/1JxasZQ (executive summary) [Patriot-News] The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday made available thousands of pages of documents outlining new rules for the oil and gas industry. Among the trove of public documents are increased regulations for unconventional drillers, which apply to companies … Continue reading

Review of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactivity Materials (TENORM) Study Report

Radioactive Waste Management Associates for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network / By Marvin Resnikoff http://bit.ly/1YgOCR0 [Bucks County Register] The Bristol-based Delaware Riverkeeper Network is criticizing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a report the network says inadequately examined the radioactivity of wastewater created by natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. A report from the … Continue reading

No Time to Waste: Effective Management of Oil and Gas Field Radioactive Waste

Western Organization of Resource Councils http://www.notimetowastereport.org/ [DeSmog Blog] The question of how to handle the toxic waste from fracking and other oil and gas activities is one of the most intractable issues confronting environmental regulators. Not only because of the sheer volume of waste generated nationwide, but also because some of the radioactive materials involved … Continue reading

California Draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

California Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/shortlived/2015draft.pdf [Green Car Congress]  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy. The draft strategy describes proposed actions the State will take to move forward aggressively to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). SLCPs include methane, black carbon and fluorinated gases (F-gases) such as … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-830T The Departments of Agriculture (USDA), the Interior, Defense (DOD), and Energy (DOE) have identified thousands of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites on land they manage but do not have a complete inventory of sites, in particular, for abandoned mines. GAO reported in January 2015 that USDA had identified 1,491 contaminated … Continue reading

Fracking on University of Texas Lands: The Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Land Owned by the University of Texas System

Frontier Group and Environment Texas / by Jeff Inglis and Luke Metzger http://environmenttexascenter.org/sites/environment/files/reports/TX_UofT_Fracking_scrn.pdf [Austin Statesman-American] The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report [attached] to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million … Continue reading

The Potential Environmental Impact from Fracking in the Delaware River Basin

CNA for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network / by Steven Habicht, Lars Hanson and Paul Faeth http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/resources/Reports/CNA%20Impacts%20in%20DRB.8.15.pdf [The Intelligencer] As many as 4,000 fracking wells could be drilled in Pennsylvania and New York should current moratoriums be lifted, according to a report released Tuesday. The study, conducted by the nonprofit research and analysis firm CNA, of … Continue reading

Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States

National Academy Press http://bit.ly/1JjoMTK The U.S. National Climate Assessment identified a number of ways in which climate change is affecting, and is likely to affect, people, infrastructure, natural resources, and ecosystems. Those impacts, in turn, are increasingly having important current and potential future consequences for human health. There is a need to probe more deeply … Continue reading

Climate Change-related Health Effects Tied to the Decline of Pollinators such as Bees and Butterflies

Effects of Decreases of Animal Pollinators on Human Nutrition and Global Health: a Modelling Analysis / by Samuel S Myers, et al. Lancet (Published online July 16, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61085-6) http://press.thelancet.com/pollinators.pdf Effect of Increased Concentrations of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on the Global Threat of Zinc Deficiency: a Modelling Study / by Samuel S Myers Lancet (Published online July 16, 2015 … Continue reading