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The lead crisis: tackling an invisible, dangerous neurotoxin.

July 20, 2017

Tulane University School of Medicine Professor Howard Mielke has been on a journey that has stretched decades to try to help save the country's children from a danger hidden in the soil on which they play. Think Progress.

New report: Sidelining Science from Day One.

July 20, 2017

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists details how the Trump presidency has shown a clear pattern of actions that threaten public health and safety by eroding the role of science in policy.

Understanding the needs, challenges, opportunities, vision, and emerging roles in environmental health.

July 20, 2017

Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportuni­ties, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH), has the potential to increase awareness of the profession by obtaining information directly from environmental health professionals about their practice and the challenges they currently face andenvision for the future. Journal of Environmental Health.

Job opening, Oakland, California.

July 20, 2017

The Center for Environmental Health seeks a Managing Director of Programs to lead program strategy and enhance the effectiveness of program staff. Candidates must have ten to fifteen years of professional experience, including progressively responsible leadership positions and experience supervising multiple direct reports.

Environmental regulations weren't created without cause.

July 17, 2017

Join us on a trip to the 1960s and early 1970s with this true-or-false test about the Clean Water Act, which turns 45 this year, and the Clean Air Act, which is 2 years older. Las Vegas Sun, Nevada.

Rising seas could force a large-scale retreat from US shores within decades.

July 16, 2017

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists offers us the best look yet into how coastal communities will experience debilitating inundation this century. Grist.

They said lead was safe. They said smoking was good for you. What are they selling now?

July 13, 2017

A new team of reporters investigates how toxic chemicals are undermining our health and why government is failing to stop it. Modeled after the original 60 Minutes legendary journalists, you can meet the 60 MiNueTs Toxic team and follow their investigations.

House dust spurs growth of fat cells in lab tests.

July 13, 2017

Small amounts of house dust containing many of these compounds can spur fat cells to accumulate more triglycerides, or fat, in a lab dish. Among the 44 individual common house dust contaminants tested in this model, pyraclostrobin (a pesticide), the flame-retardant TBPDP, and DBP, a commonly used plasticizer, had the strongest fat-producing effects. ScienceDaily.

How is pollution connected to race and inequality?

July 11, 2017

The Trump administration has proposed cutting the EPA's budget by 30 percent. What does that mean for polluted communities in the US? Puget Sound KUOW Public Radio, Washington.

Pediatricians’ group ‘deeply alarmed’ at EPA’s pesticide decision.

July 7, 2017

In a letter Tuesday to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the Environmental Working Group, accused the EPA of ignoring its own findings that chlorpyrifos poses specific risks to children, infants and developing fetuses. The Hill.

Trump's alarming environmental rollback: what's been scrapped so far.

July 6, 2017

Unlike the travel ban or healthcare, Trump has faced few obstacles in sweeping away what he has called “job-killing” environmental rules that address problems such as climate change, water pollution and smoggy air. The Guardian.

Court blocks EPA effort to suspend Obama-era methane rule.

July 6, 2017

Dealing a legal blow to the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. New York Times.

Septic systems are a major source of emerging contaminants in drinking water.

July 6, 2017

A new analysis shows that septic systems in the United States routinely discharge pharmaceuticals, consumer product chemicals, and other potentially hazardous chemicals into the environment. Phys.org.
[See the study: Review of organic wastewater compound concentrations and removal in onsite wastewater treatment systems]

Call for nominations: EPA Science Advisory Board.

July 5, 2017

Nominations are sought for several Science Advisory Board committees.

Call for nominations: EPA's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

July 5, 2017

Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a three-year term and serve as Special Government Employees who provide independent expert advice to the agency. Nominations are sought by July 27, 2017.

US EPA issues final TSCA framework rules.

July 5, 2017

The release of the documents comes on the one-year anniversary of passage of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—and on its statutory deadline for actions that must be completed within a year of the law's passage. Chemical Watch.
[See the EPA's Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA]

Call for proposals: Health Disparities and Alzheimer's Disease.

July 5, 2017

Health-disparities research related to AD should include the study of biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors that influence population level health differences. Research approaches of interest include 1) improving recruitment and retention of populations underrepresented in AD research; 2) identifying priority factors or locating pathways and mechanisms that create and sustain AD health disparities; 3) addressing the challenges faced by informal/family caregivers from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are associated with the growing population of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease; and 4) understanding the disparities in access to and utilization of formal long-term supports and services for those with dementia. The next application deadline is October 5th.

Call for proposals: Education and Health: New Frontiers.

July 5, 2017

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship. The next funding deadline is October 5th.

Call for proposals: Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants.

July 5, 2017

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings. The next deadline is October 5th.

Call for proposals: Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings.

July 5, 2017

This funding opportunity announcement encourages interdisciplinary research aimed at promoting health, preventing and limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities across the lifespan for those living or spending time in non-traditional settings (i.e. playgrounds and nursing homes). The next application deadline is October 5th.

Call for proposals: Developing Healthy Places.

July 5, 2017

Through this focus area, The Kresge Foundation is accepting proposals for its Healthy Housing and Neighborhoods Initiative. This is an open grant opportunity for organizations working to address policies, systems change and communication to connect health and housing; policies that promote healthy housing and mitigate the impacts of substandard housing; and innovative investments that connect community development, health and housing. There is no deadline.

Call for proposals: Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings.

July 5, 2017

NIEHS is interested in supporting investigator initiated scientific meetings that will advance the field of environmental health sciences. NIEHS wishes to stress that it supports all mechanisms listed on the webpage, not just large conferences. The maximum amount of support that may be requested is $25,000. Letters requesting permission to submit a conference application are due by November 1st.

Call for proposals: Partners for Places.

July 5, 2017

Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. The closing date is July 31st.

Call for proposals: Climate Program Office 2018.

July 5, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office expects to award 90 grants for projects that address challenges in the areas of 1) weather and climate extremes, 2) climate impacts on water resources, 3) coasts and climate resilience, 4) sustainability of marine ecosystems, and 5) changing atmospheric composition and its impacts. The closing date is September 11, 2017.

New resource: EDC Fact Sheet.

July 2, 2017

TEDX's one-page fact sheet Understanding Endocrine Disruption is a brief non-technical overview of endocrine disrupting chemicals, how we are exposed to them, and how they affect our health.

Call for proposals: National Priorities: Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water.

July 2, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing to (1) identify communities that are at a high risk of experiencing the adverse health effects of lead in drinking water; (2) identify opportunities to mitigate these risks; and (3) conduct educational and outreach efforts so that water system managers and the general public are aware of these risks and opportunities. Proposals are due by August 15, 2017.

Air pollution exposure may hasten death, even at levels deemed 'safe,' study says.

June 30, 2017

At a time when the Trump administration is moving to delay and dismantle air quality regulations, a new study suggests that air pollution continues to cut Americans' lives short, even at levels well below the legal limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Los Angeles Times.

Don't like how your government tracks air pollution? Do it yourself.

June 30, 2017

Concerned about what they saw as deficiencies in official monitoring, German citizen scientists developed a tool for measuring airborne particulates that anyone can build. Ensia.

Chemical companies' 'voluntary' clean ups are little more than corporate spin.

June 30, 2017

Spare us the spin about voluntary actions in the name of corporate responsibility. If chemical companies want credit for doing the right thing, here's an idea: Adopt a policy of not putting products on the market unless you can prove they are safe. Environmental Working Group.

Lead astray: new evidence links children with higher lead exposure to school suspensions and juvenile detention.

June 30, 2017

 Using relevant data for 120,000 children born 1990-2004 in Rhode Island, the study found strong evidence linking those with higher exposures to lead with a substantially increased probability of school suspensions and juvenile detention. Atlanta BlackStar.