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Chemicals in Maryland tap water causes concern

Dec. 4, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Tap water at the majority of Maryland utilities, or public water systems, had levels of contaminants that exceeded health guidelines established by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit focused on environmental health issues. According to EWG’s 2019 update, predominant chemicals included...

Lawsuit filed over mold infections at Seattle hospital

Dec. 2, 2019 7:36 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Seattle Children’s Hospital in connection with a second aspergillus mold outbreak in the last year. KOMO-TV reports attorneys for several former patients filed the lawsuit Monday. The hospital says that between 2001 and 2014, seven children who were...

Benefield pushed for justice for Libby asbestos victims

Dec. 1, 2019 1:38 PM EST

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — Think what you will of Gayla Benefield, but on more occasions than one and often to the dismay of many in Libby, she’s been the town’s iconoclast. When miners were happy going to work in the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine because it meant they were able to put food...

Nevada casino workers talk of snuffing out second-hand smoke

Dec. 1, 2019 11:21 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Teresa Price was 22 when became a table-games dealer in 1978 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, cigarette and cigar smoking was allowed nearly everywhere — offices, restaurants, grocery stores, airplanes, even hospitals. Casinos were no exception. Today, nearly all workplaces in...

Paper: Old turf fields raise environmental, health concerns

Nov. 30, 2019 2:13 PM EST

YORK, Pa. (AP) — The hulking wall of rubber was first discovered by a borough maintenance crew. About 6,000 rolled pieces were neatly stacked about 10 feet high, covering more than an acre of private land, according to the mayor of Cleona, Pennsylvania. The green blades of artificial grass peeking through...

The Latest: Vaping industry slams ban on flavored products

Nov. 27, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Massachusetts becoming the first state to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes (all times local): 5:15p.m. The vaping industry is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products as the wrong approach...

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors

Nov. 27, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...

Children treated for carbon monoxide exposure at day care

Nov. 25, 2019 5:07 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say several children at a day care center are being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide. Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told news outlets that at least three children were being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide Monday. The symptoms...

Black mold removed from sanctuary of historic church

Nov. 25, 2019 8:18 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A pastor in Virginia says black mold has been removed from the sanctuary of a historic church after months of repairs. WSLS-TV reports the sanctuary at Greene United Methodist Church in Roanoke reopened Sunday. Rev. Philip Waltz says services had been held in the church’s lobby...

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...