A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment. Turning Up The Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
In response to Dolce & Gabbanas (D&G) announcement that it would soon launch a baby perfume, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling on the company, as well as Proctor & Gamble, which manufactures and distributes D&G products in the U.S., to reverse course and halt the development and sale of its baby perfume amid concerns about toxic chemical exposures. Fragrances are likely to contain chemicals that that may contribute to diseases later in life, including breast cancer, obesity, infertility, asthma, allergies and more.
LANSING – Following today’s budget presentation by Gov. Rick Snyder, leaders from labor, progressive, and non-profit organizations issued the following responses:
EAST LANSING – Members of Clean Energy Now called on Michigan State University’s (MSU) administration to retire its coal plant and properly dispose of the coal ash excavated from construction sites, at a press conference Wednesday in East Lansing. According to a report to the Department of Environmental Quality, it shows a discovery of toxic coal ash was first made in October 2007 during an excavation of West Auxiliary Drive (now Recycling Drive).
Harrisburg, PA – Mystery, questions and concern continue to surround Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) water testing and reporting policies related to suspected impacts from Marcellus Shale natural gas operations. These issues were originally revealed in the Kiskadden vs. PADEP deposition of Taru Upadhyay, technical director of DEP’s Bureau of Laboratories—and described widely in subsequent news stories regarding the use of suite codes, which result in only partial test results being sent to homeowners.