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This Earth Day, Let's Focus on Healthy Homes

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Today is Earth Day, a time to reflect on our environmental impact and consider shifts toward healthier and more sustainable living. But today I'm not thinking about litter on the side of highways or rapidly depleting rainforests -- my thoughts are with a woman named Nicki and her two little girls in Portland, Ore.

Lynne Peeples

Poison Pushers: Lead Paint, Other Toxic Products Sold To Unsuspecting Customers Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green

Not until Perry Gottesfeld pulled up to the front gates of Seigneurie in Cameroon did he realize the African country's leading paint manufacturer was ...

Do Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation? And Other Questions the Wall Street Journal Never Asks

Brian Young | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Is the Wall Street Journal afraid to make an affirmative statement about so-called "fraud" in asbestos cases? They should be.

Shedding a Tear for the Insurance Industry?

Brian Young | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Brian Young

ALEC and their allies in government and the media can cry their crocodile tears for the poor, downtrodden insurance companies, but I won't shed a tear for the multimillion dollar industry.

WATCH: Students Allegedly Used To Remove Asbestos

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

An Ohio school is under criminal investigation after it allegedly had volunteers, including students as young as 13, remove debris from an asbestos-co...

Lynne Peeples

Sandy Cleanup Workers: Could Illness, Litigation Lie Ahead?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2013 | Green

Greg Floyd recalled the burgeoning hazards when he first toured Sandy-damaged New York City public housing a couple days after the hurricane hit. "...

A Puff, Poof or Dab of Danger

Indie Lee | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Indie Lee

I've been following three talc lawsuits, and felt it important enough to share what's going on. For those who aren't label detectives, like myself, talc can be found in many personal care and beauty products, from baby powder to blush to anti-blemish products.

Lynne Peeples

Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards In Sandy's Wake

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.03.2012 | Green

Among the wreckage removed in Joplin, Mo., after the 2011 tornado was 2,600 tons of asbestos debris. "That was a small community," said Linda Reins...

The Best States To Sue A Company

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Michael B. Sauter and Samuel Weigley | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: According to the in-house lawyers of America’s biggest companies, the court system is making things easier for them. The U.S. Ch...

Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

Michael Green | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Michael Green

The Chicago Tribune found that the three leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deception and phony "citizen's groups" to mislead the public, legislators and regulators about the efficacy and safety of their products.

Capitol's Asbestos Saga Ends After 13 Years, $173 Million

| Posted 05.17.2012 | DC

By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff This week marks the official conclusion of the case of 10 Architect of the Capitol employees who were exposed to a...

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.

EPA allowed unsafe handling of asbestos, IG says

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby, iWatch NewsThe Environmental Protection Agency has allowed the use of unapproved methods to demolish buildings conta...

Makeover of New Orleans Naval Complex Slated for 2013

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

After a string of natural and man-made catastrophes, New Orleans has become a spot to share expertise on flooding, wind, spilled oil and any other grief that comes down the pike.

Union Rats' New Focus: Asbestos

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 02.11.2012 | New York
Carol Pierson Holding

By adding the sign "Asbestos Kills" around Scabbies' necks, the Asbestos, Lead and Hazardous Waste Laborer's Union 78 of NYC, Long Island and New Jersey is able to bring support for the Scabbies to their cause: only union labor is safe for asbestos removal.

America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

Jessica Alba | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Jessica Alba

Every kid has the right to be safe in her home. Every mom has the right to know that the products she buys for her child are free of toxic chemicals. We have hope and faith in our political system to fix this problem, and we are counting on our U.S. Senators to get it done.

Sarnia Mayor: Ottawa 'Shameful' On Asbestos File

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home

The Conservative Party of Canada offered an explanation Monday as to why it issued a threatening letter to the widow of an asbestos victim: it was sta...

The Toxic Substances Control Act's Toxic Baddies

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Of the some 80,000 chemicals manufactured and used in the United States, the EPA has issued regulations to control just five "existing" and four "new" chemicals. Today, we'll learn a little about each of them.

AIG Sells Troublesome Insurance Risk Off To Buffett's Berkshire

Posted 06.20.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - American International Group will transfer its troublesome asbestos risk to Berkshire Hathaway, relieving it of a book of business that...

Asbestos Trade Thriving Despite Major Health Hazards

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Kevin Liptak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

For many in the developed world, asbestos may seem like a thing of the past: A cancer-causing fiber banned in the European Union, and limited to a sma...

Asbestos Dumped In A Field In Impoverished Black Township

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An Illinois real estate developer has been accused of dumping toxic asbestos in a tiny, mostly-black town mired in poverty. Michael J. Pinski, a Kank...

Researchers Seek Past Students From Toxic Mine Town

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SPOKANE, Wash. — Researchers have embarked on an ambitious study to track the health of thousands of high school graduates over a half century i...

ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group most have never heard of, happens to be one of the most powerful state lobbies in the entire...

Denver Water Workers Disclose 'Toxic Burial Ground' At Foothills Water Treatment Facility

KDVR | Heidi Hemmat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER - Retired Denver Water workers are coming clean about hazardous waste they say they buried near dozens of homes and schools 20 years ago. "I...

South Africa's Environment and Human Rights--the next revolution

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

The Cancer Association of South Africa--the largest nongovernmental agency in the health sector--is setting its sights on a vitally important tactic--making prevention the cure for cancer.