Health

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hold’s Town Hall Meeting in Birmingham

Watch some video excerpts- By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic…

Residents Call on City of Mobile to Pass Tar Sands Free Resolution

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Mobile area residents are calling on the Mobile City Council to pass a resolution to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of local residents and natural resources by keeping tar sands oil out of the city. Tar sands oil, also referred to by industry as “bitumen” or “heavy crude,” must be diluted with highly…

Retail Giant Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Federal Environmental Crimes

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Corporation to Pay More Than $81 Million in Civil Fines – By Glynn Wilson – The retail giant Wal-Mart pleaded guilty Tuesday in a California federal court to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company…

Birmingham Makes Top Ten List of America’s Most Sedentary Cities

By Glynn Wilson – Summer may be the season for kicking back and doing nothing, according to Men’s Health magazine. But in some cities, including my home town of Birmingham, Alabama, people don’t have to lift a finger to be named to the list of America’s Most Sedentary Cities. Birmingham made the Top 10 on…

Big Oil Uses the Republican Party to Subvert American Democracy

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – In a surprise move, the eight Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday blocked a floor vote on President Obama’s nominee, Gina McCarthy, as U.S. EPA Administrator. In doing so the Republican senators broke their earlier promise to move McCarthy’s nomination if she answered an…

New Report on Honey Bee Health Cites Pesticides in Declining Populations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health on Thursday pointing to multiple factors in the decline of honey bee colony declines in recent years, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. “There is an important link…

Tick Season is Upon Us: What You Should Know

If you live in the yellow area, you live in tickville – Under the Microscope – By Glynn Wilson – This may sound like a good line for a blues song, but it’s not the good kind of blues sung by the likes of B.B. King. I woke up this morning with a tick on…

Remembering Workers on Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day – By Al Henley – Alabama workers are encouraged to join the AFL-CIO in recognizing Workers’ Memorial Day on Sunday, On April 28. Each year on Workers Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and reflect on our struggle for safe workplaces.…

EPA Updates Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under the mercury and air toxics standards on Friday, based on new information and analysis that became available to the agency after the rule was finalized. The updates are largely technical in nature and will have no impact on the “sensible,…

Study Shows Natural Gas Fracking Contaminates Water From Treatment Plants

FRACK FLOW – Treated wastewater flows out of a sewage plant in Pennsylvania. Facilities like this one sometimes treat water produced during natural gas production – By Kyle Ferrar – When energy companies extract natural gas trapped deep underground, they’re left with water containing high levels of pollutants, including benzene and barium. Sometimes the gas…

The Big Picture: We Can Save the Planet and the Economy Too

Who Needs Jobs on a Dead Planet? – Bill McKibben at the front of the march – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following folks from all over the country willing to travel thousands of miles and brave freezing temperatures and a bone chilling wind to march from the Washington…

EPA Finalizes Revisions to Clean Air Standards for Stationary Engines

Updated Rule Protects Public Health, Lowers Cost of Compliance – Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized revisions to Clean Air Act standards reducing air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas…

Alabama May Be Number One in Football

But It’s Also Home to The Number Two Worst Power Plant in the Country for Mercury Pollution – Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork River held the number one distinction for a few years – By Glynn Wilson – Alabama has a chance to be number one in the nation in football…

Unsuitable Conduct: Separate Messages at Gulf Restoration Council Meeting

Don’t believe everything you see on Teevee – By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Feeding frenzy of suits. That could have been the caption on a picture from a downtown Mobile hotel where the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council staged its first meeting on December 11. Federal law created this council to preside over…