Two-Part Series: Firefighters and cancer
State Laws Favor Workers’ Comp Benefits for Firefighters With Cancer. Cities and Counties Keep Denying Them.
The denials are happening even though all 50 states have laws or programs that presume at least some cancers in firefighters are work-related, in theory making it easier for them to qualify for benefits.
Toxic Firefighting Foam Persists in U.S. Despite Calls for a Ban
The evidence continues to mount that a widely used firefighting foam may be linked to high rates of cancer among U.S. firefighters. Why is the foam still in firehouses?
Rio Grande Valley Is at Epicenter of Alzheimer’s Spike Among Latinos
A stretch of South Texas is struggling with a crisis many parts of the nation could someday face: the increase in cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The state’s response has been uneven at best.
El Valle del Río Grande se encuentra en el epicentro del aumento del alzhéimer entre los latinos
Texas, con un superávit presupuestario de 33,000 millones de dólares, gasta mucho menos en esta devastadora forma de demencia que otros grandes estados.
LNG Export Terminals Pose a Growing and Invisible Threat: Air Pollution
Residents around existing LNG facilities in Louisiana already notice the smell and irritants from nearby terminals. With more under construction, air quality is poised to worsen.
What Would Life Be Like With MS and No Insurance or Help?
After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Lisa Doggett received first-rate care because she had health insurance and a good job. But what if she hadn’t?
medicaid expansion project: ‘the holdouts’
A Daughter Asserted Kansas’ Failure to Expand Medicaid Cut Her Mother’s Life Short
The Republican-led House and Senate are not keen to broaden eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.
Infrastructure Law Raises Hopes of Alaskan Tribal Villages Without Running Water. But Will the Effort Fall Short?
The federal Infrastructure Law set aside funds to improve clean-water delivery systems for Alaska’s rural tribal communities. But barriers loom, from construction challenges to lack of funding for operations.
To Protect Her Twin Baby, Texas Woman Was Forced to Seek Abortion Care Out of State
The story of Ashley Brandt underscores the impact state abortion bans can have on patients confronted with severe fetal abnormalities.
For Children’s Hospitals, a ‘COVID in March 2020’ Moment
An inside look at how pediatric hospitals are being overwhelmed with victims of respiratory illness.
Workers Keep Dying in Trenches. It’s a Symptom of America’s Tepid Commitment to Worker Safety.
OSHA said 22 workers had died in trench cave-ins during the first six months of this year, compared to 15 in all of 2021.
Stealth Impact of Climate Change: Deteriorating Mental Health
Climate change has caused more intense wildfires, floods, hurricanes and inflicted other forms of tangible harm. But an oft-overlooked consequence is worsening mental health.
toxic texas air
Why Do So Many Chemical Releases in Texas Go Unpunished?
In some cases, these “emissions events” aren’t illegal. In others, state regulators give polluters the benefit of the doubt.
As Alarm Over Plastic Grows, Saudis Ramp Up Production in the US
President Biden is in the kingdom this week to strengthen ties, consistent with ‘American values.’ Meanwhile, a US-Saudi joint venture on the Texas coast is pumping out toxic chemicals and greenhouse gases.
A Texas County Wants to Punish Polluters. The State Won’t Let It.
Residents of eastern Harris County have grown tired of almost-daily chemical leaks and the occasional catastrophe. A new generation of county officials is trying to help them, even as state leaders undercut their authority and restrict voting access.
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The Titans of Plastic
Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction.
Lots of Things Drive Violence in Prison. Add Heat to the List.
To keep our cool in this record hot summer, most of us are probably choosing to spend more time in air-conditioned spaces. For many people in Georgia prisons, that simply is not an option.
Protect Water or Advance Green Energy
The green economy creates a tug-of-war in Northeast Minnesota, where companies seeking mining rights for critical minerals challenge those trying to protect pristine waterways.
Texas Abortion Providers Feel ‘Ignored’ by the Biden Administration
After the state’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban went into effect last year, the president promised a ‘whole-of-government’ response that experts say has not materialized.
Small Plant, Big Polluter
Thanks to a loophole in the Clean Air Act, William Koch’s Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, puts out 10 times as much lung-damaging sulfur dioxide as its industrial neighbors. People who live nearby have asked the state for help, to no avail.
Koch-Owned Plant Finds Legal Ways to Pollute
A clean energy company that once operated at William Koch’s Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, claimed in a lawsuit that Oxbow manipulated sulfur dioxide emissions to avoid spending millions on pollution controls. Oxbow said it complies with the law.
While ExxonMobil Touts Net-Zero Promise, Its Huge Plastics Complex in Texas Goes Online
The same day ExxonMobil announced its ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, word spread that its mammoth plastics manufacturing complex in Texas had begun production. The plant could pump more than 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.
Flaring at Gulf Coast Plastics Plant Alarms Neighbors, Signals Growth in Polluting Projects
Environmental advocates fear that Gulf Coast residents are poised to suffer from new energy projects expected to add 50 million tons of greenhouse-gas pollution in coming years.
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Young and Dying: Veterans Are Getting Brain Cancer and Struggling to Get Benefits
A joint investigation by Military.com and Public Health Watch found that glioblastoma, while rare, has struck hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Many must fight for health care and compensation.
Cancer Cases in Kids Are Rising. Some Experts Blame Toxic Chemicals.
While death rates for childhood cancer victims are going down, incidence rates are going up. Are environmental exposures at fault?
Iowa’s Toxic Brew
Iowa copes with the climate-chemical reaction that can play havoc with drinking water.