Wood heaters too dirty to sell are clean enough to give to tribes, says EPA | Environment | The Guardian

Stoves that produce pollutants known to make people sick can be donated to tribes and Appalachian communities

Source: Wood heaters too dirty to sell are clean enough to give to tribes, says EPA | Environment | The Guardian

EPA rolls back Obama-era coal pollution rules as Trump heads to West Virginia – CNNPolitics

As his Environmental Protection Agency delivers its latest blow to environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions, President Donald Trump is heading into the heart of coal country to deliver the good news.

Trump will join supporters in Charleston, West Virginia, for a political rally on Tuesday to celebrate his administration’s proposal to allow states to set their own emissions standards for coal-fueled power plants.
The move would reverse Obama administration efforts to combat climate change and marks the fulfilment of a campaign promise at the heart of his appeal in coal-producing states like West Virginia.
The EPA Tuesday morning formally unveiled the details of its new plan to devolve regulation of coal-fired power plants back to the states, one that is expected to give a boost to the coal industry and increase carbon emissions nationwide.
The move is just the latest effort by the Trump administration to revive an ailing coal industry and strip climate change-fighting regulations established by the Obama administration. He previously announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, calling it an unfair deal for Americans.
“I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh,” Trump said at the time, “not Paris.”
Trump’s promise to revive the coal industry was embodied by Trump’s campaign stops in coal producing regions of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters waved “Trump Digs Coal” signs and where the President-to-be donned a coal mining helmet.


Source: EPA rolls back Obama-era coal pollution rules as Trump heads to West Virginia – CNNPolitics

Trump’s reward to ‘coal country’—kill jobs, training, communities, and education—you’re welcome

The Appalachian region awarded Trump big, fat wins. After all, Trump digs coal! Now it’s time to get their rewards. How does his budget reward them? Well, there’s the Appalachian Regional Commission. Or rather, there was, because Trump’s proposed budget completely eliminates the ARC. The commission supports local communities and regional programs, it also helps jumpstart local entrepreneurs and regional businesses which have created tens of thousands of jobs. It also contributes to local infrastructure, community management, and hundreds of local programs.

Sorry, it did all those things. Clearly not needed.

There’s also massive cuts to the Labor Department that eliminates job training. On the chopping block are both the Senior Community Service Employment Program that helps workers over 55 find new jobs, and Job Corps that helps young people get work experience and skills.

Both are widely used in Appalachia. Sorry, were. Were. Nobody wants them now.

There is one unemployment program Trump is anxious to fund. He’ll expand the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment program, REAP, which helps companies spot


Source: Trump’s reward to ‘coal country’—kill jobs, training, communities, and education—you’re welcome

Do flame retardants cause attention problems in children?

Original post from Medical News Today


Polybrominated diphenyl ethers are commonly used as fire retardants in many consumer goods. However, prenatal exposure to the product has now been associated with attention problems in 3-7-year-olds, according to an article the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, within Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, have shown, for the first time, the effects of prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) on children’s development, during both the preschool and school-age periods.

PBDEs are described by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a class of brominated hydrocarbons, also known as brominated flame retardant (BFR) chemicals.

They contain a central biphenyl structure surrounded by up to 10 bromine atoms, and at high temperatures, they release bromine radicals that reduce both the rate of combustion and dispersion of fire.

Why do we have PBDEs?

PBDEs have been used widely in the US since the 1970s. Their forerunner, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) was phased out in 1976, following a major agricultural contamination incident in 1973, which led to millions of people in Michigan being exposed to chemicals through contaminated dairy products, eggs and meat.

PBDEs are used in synthetic fibers and molded plastics. They are found in textiles, plastics, wiring, electrical goods, electronic devices, furniture upholstery and furniture containing polyurethane foam.

Although their use has been phased out since 2004, products produced before then still contain them, and they remain in the environment. Concern about the persistence of PBDEs and their tendency to bioaccumulate in the food chain has been growing.

How do they affect us?

Since PBDEs are not chemically bound to the materials of products they are used in, they migrate into the environment over time. They have been detected in air sediments, surface water, fish and other marine animals.

Routes of potential human exposure to PBDEs are ingestion, inhalation or through skin contact. They have been detected in fatty tissues, human blood and breast milk.

Humans are commonly exposed to the chemicals through accidental ingestion of house dust and by eating meat, dairy and fatty fish with accumulated PBDEs.

The EPA report that PBDEs may act as endocrine disruptors in humans and other animals. Exposure in rats and mice caused neuro-developmental toxicity and other symptoms. Studies on mice and rats have shown that exposure to PBDEs and PBBs causes neurodevelopmental toxicity, weight loss, toxicity to the kidney, thyroid and liver, and dermal disorders.

Researchers followed 210 mother-child pairs, from birth through early childhood. They were taken from a cohort established for the World Trade Center Study, following the attack on September 11, 2001.

High exposure to PBDEs may double attention problems

The study aimed to examine the effects of exposure to dust, smoke and fumes on child development. Beginning at age 3, researchers assessed child behavior using a standardized rating scale, repeating the test every year through age 7. Cord blood samples were analyzed for PBDEs to assess prenatal exposure to the chemicals.

At ages 3, 4 and 7 years, children with the highest exposure to certain PBDEs had approximately twice the number of attention problems, compared with the other children in the study – as reported by their mothers.

Investigators controlled for factors previously associated with PBDE exposure levels or neurodevelopment in other studies, including child age at testing, ethnicity, mother’s IQ, child’s sex, maternal age, marital status, prenatal exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and maternal demoralization.

Results support previous studies that have suggested associations between prenatal PBDE exposure and symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity among children.

Senior author Julie Herbstman, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences, says:

“These findings reinforce the decision to phase-out the use of PBDEs in consumer products and support the need to develop programs for safely disposing of products containing PBDEs that are still in use.”

Medical News Today recently reported that 11% of school age children in the US have been diagnosed with attention deficiency hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

Written by Yvette Brazier

Copyright: Medical News Today

Read more breaking health news on our homepage


Columbia University news release, accessed 9 October via EurekAlert.

Additional source: EPA, Technical fact sheet – polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), accessed 9 October 2015.

Additional source: CDC, Association Between Diagnosed ADHD and Selected Characteristics Among Children Aged 4–17 Years: United States, 2011–2013 , accessed 9 October 2015.

Additional source: CDC, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), accessed 9 October 2015.  ………….’