EU Takes Action Against Italy Over Naples Waste Crisis
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
The European Commission took legal action against Italy on Wednesday over a growing crisis in Naples and the surrounding region where thousands of tonnes of uncollected waste have piled up high in the streets.
GAO Report Finds Federal Environmental Authorities Let Asbestos Monitoring Dip
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
A new congressional report says the Environmental Protection Agency potentially exposed scores of residents, volunteers and workers to asbestos fibers by not doing more to monitor the contaminant in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina.
Critics Say Laos Dam Project Shortchanged, Sickened Villagers
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press
A hydroelectric dam megaproject under construction in Laos has left local villagers shortchanged and sickened, an environmental group said Wednesday.
Ex-EPA Chief Confronts Critics in Congress over Safe-Air Statements after 9/11
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Devlin Barrett, Associated Press
Ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman was bombarded by boos and a host of accusations Monday at a hearing into her assurances that it had been safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center.
San Francisco Bans Bottled Water for City Staff
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Thirsty San Francisco city workers will no longer have bottled water to drink under an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom, who says it costs too much, worsens pollution and is no better than tap water.
EPA Proposes Tougher Smog Standards
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
Pollution standards are too weak to protect people from the air they breathe, the EPA's chief declared Thursday. He recommended tougher limits on the smog that makes children cough and asthmatics wheeze from Los Angeles to Houston to New York.
New US-Vietnam Effort Launched To Deal with Toxic Agent Orange Legacy
June 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A new U.S.-Vietnamese humanitarian effort is being launched to deal with the legacy of Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide that U.S. troops sprayed across Vietnam during the war.
Geese Get Revenge: Paté May Cause Rare Disease
June 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Geese force-fed and then slaughtered for their livers may get their final revenge on people who favor the delicacy known as foie gras: It may transmit a little-known disease known as amyloidosis, researchers reported Monday.
Generations Later, Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange Lives on in Vietnam
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Ben Stocking, Associated Press
More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
Reducing Environmental Risks Could Save Millions of Lives Annually
June 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Veronika Oleksyn, Associated Press
Tackling air pollution, contaminated drinking water and other environmental problems could save millions of lives annually around the world, the World Health Organization said in a report Wednesday.