The Obama Administration is on the verge of finalizing its long-awaited update to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. Knowing how many lives could be saved, it is simply unconscionable to ignore the facts.
Louisiana has attracted some cleaner industries recently, but after natural gas prices dropped to ten-year lows this spring, chemical manufacturers are rushing to build and expand. Residents need those jobs but fear explosions and toxic emissions.
Talcum dusting powder is commonly used to reduce rashes and diaper irritation in babies and infants. But this practice is dangerous. It can result in the inhalation of significant amounts of powder, causing acute or chronic lung irritation, known as talcosis.