Air pollution, atomic risks grow as toxic dump smolder Residents of this community near Ferguson — site of 2014’s police-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown — have complained for years about lung troubles caused by toxic fumes tied to radioactive waste linked to the atomic bombs that flattened Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Missouri’s Department of Health and … [Read more...]
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This time, it’s environmental An underground fire smolders toward radioactive waste tied to the atomic bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This subterranean inferno threatens to sicken area residents just 10 miles from the site of the controversial police-involved death of Michael Brown. Local citizens worry the slowly advancing fire, which has burned at the … [Read more...]
Environmental Justice advocates reiterate the need for community input Minnesota’s Clean Power Plan is still in progress despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in February to temporarily halt its implementation, says state officials. The Obama administration in August 2015 announced its Clean Power Plan, which requires each state to put in place a plan to reduce carbon … [Read more...]
Earth Day comes around every year on April 22 and gives us a chance to celebrate our planet and take action to protect it. There are many things you can do to honor Earth Day this spring: attend an Earth Day event, plant a garden, clean up your neighborhood and more! Not sure how to celebrate? Check out these exciting Earth Day celebrations hosted by local community … [Read more...]
Have you thought about improving the air at your business, but the price tag holds you back? If your business can reduce the use of chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), you may be eligible for a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). VOCs are emitted from industrial and commercial processes used in many businesses. The familiar smells from … [Read more...]
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner John Linc Stine has announced his plan to form an Environmental Justice advisory group to advise the agency on agency matters related to environmental justice. The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work. It will consist of up to … [Read more...]
Warm days mean barbecues, ballgames and outdoor adventure. Unfortunately, all that sun and fun can introduce a greater risk of skin woes for you and your family. “Whether you’re playing catch in the backyard or pitching a tent in the woods, you can help prevent certain issues from occurring, and if they do, be prepared by having a remedy on hand that can offer your family … [Read more...]
The biggest challenge at the Reverend Dr. Earl D. Trent, Jr.’s historic Black church is raising enough money to do the Lord’s work. Trent, pastor of Washington, D.C.’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, was grappling with that very issue five years ago when he heard a presentation about how going green could reduce utility costs. “We’ve always been somewhat … [Read more...]