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Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which ...

Big Victory for Public Health: Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families.

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

Inhaling Ozone Is Like Getting a Sunburn on Your Lungs

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.28.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when their child suffers an asthma attack, and I can only imagine how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major trigger is smog pollution -- also known as ground-level ozone.

North Carolinians Want Coal Ash Safeguards Now

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The controversy continues almost two months after a Duke Energy spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River. First, the Waterkeeper Alliance discovered...

Victory in Georgia: Students Continue to Make Progress Against Campus Coal Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The UGA students are not patting themselves on the back just yet -- their push now is to get the school's administration to retire the coal boiler by 2018 and commit to clean energy for campus.

Endocrine Disruptors: Latest Threat to Surface Waters

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The United States has one of the world's best systems for both wastewater and potable water treatment and distribution; however, that doesn't mean we are without challenges.

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Public hearing in Washington, DC, Thursday will be packed with supporters. This week we once again heard the call for action from Americans loud and ...

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Late Wednesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations ...

Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, "It's Your Decision"

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Saying "it's your decision" is abdicating government's responsibility to protect us. It's declaring that the chemical industry is in charge, that our only chance for protection is for each and every one of us to become toxicologists and assess risk in our tap water, in the beauty aisle, at the supermarket.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.

Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As a West Virginian, this has been a sad, frustrating, and infuriating time for me, though I do not live in the area affected by last week's coal chem...

Should We Count on Companies to Protect Us From Toxic Chemicals?

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Simply put, we can't rely on these companies to voluntarily make the kind of transformative changes we need to ensure our everyday products are free of chemicals linked to disease.

What's at Stake: Clean Air and Public Health in Our Highest Courts on December 10

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Back in 2011, EPA unveiled this update of a critical public health protection. Unfortunately, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an extremely controversial divided ruling in August of 2012 that struck down this rule.

Why We Need to Move From Coal to Natural Gas

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

We must better control the level of methane being released from the current technology employed in hydraulic fracturing extraction of natural gas from shale deposits. We have the technology to minimize fugitive emissions of methane. We must implement the required real-time monitoring and control technology.

The Democratization of Health Care: The Quest for Sustainability

Gary Puckrein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Gary Puckrein

Google is now shining a light on an obscure aspect of human existence, helping us to think about human sustainability -- something difficult to imagine and seldom discussed. The Calico announcement heralds the dawn of an age in which the business community will turn its attention to sustainability.

Environmental Carcinogenesis -- Separating Fact From Fiction

James M. Gentile | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
James M. Gentile

One can hardly read a newspaper, turn on the radio or a television station, or surf the Internet without finding a myriad of information concerning yet another physical, chemical, or biological agent in our environment that can 'cause cancer.'

Beyond Pink Ribbons to Breast Cancer Prevention

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Rizzo

An alarming 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. That represents a 40 percent increase in just a generation. If the NFL teams on those pink-ribboned fields were losing that badly the fans would be booing and the owners would be swapping out coaches and players.

ChemRisk, BP and Purple Strategies: A Tangled Web of Not-So-Independent Science

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

BP has consistently used their "science" to low-ball the amount of the spill and minimize its impacts on Gulf Coast residents and ecosystems.

Disrupted Development: The Dangers of Prenatal BPA Exposure

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Wait, so we may be setting the stage for diseases like breast cancer before a baby is even born?

What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In the words of our Vice-President, this is a BFD. On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standa...

Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target, will co...

Victory! Proctor & Gamble to Eliminate Triclosan and DEP From Its Products

Christine Escobar | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

Procter & Gamble has announced plans to eliminate the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

Kentucky's Coal Challenges - Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Guest column by Heather Moyer, Sierra Club This week's column focuses on some big coal-related news items out of the Bluegrass State, where some insp...

Counter the Cues! 3 Easy Food Decisions to Improve Your Health

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Eating for satiation, with just two to three fewer bites per meal can add up to 100 calories per day or losing 10 to 20 pounds in a year! That beats the gradual weight gain that happens over time for most adults.