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Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks.
Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.
Puerto Rican families draw water from Superfund site.
Past water tests at the site have shown the presence of potentially harmful industrial solvents.
Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives.
Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found.
Report spotlights nitrate contamination in drinking water across the US.
Some recent research suggests that, over the long term, drinking water with nitrates at just half the U.S. limit raises cancer risks for children and adults.
Cleanup from California fires poses environmental and health risks.
In California, the road ahead to cleanup and the safe return to properties will probably not be smooth or fast. Think of the environmental cleanup after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, as debris and dust swirled through Lower Manhattan.
Gulf of Mexico oil spill may be largest since 2010 BP disaster.
The Delta House floating production facility southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil making it the largest spill in more than seven years, even though it’s a fraction of the millions of barrels ejected in the 2010 incident.
Nearly half of the 102 Superfund homes in East Chicago tested by EPA had lead paint. Whose job is it to remove?
An agency spokesperson said they have no plans to remove it because such activity is outside the authority of the agency's Superfund program.
Lead poisoning plummets thanks to cleaner petrol.
Lead poisoning in expectant mothers has fallen dramatically since lead was finally phased out of petrol in 2006.
Senior adviser admits failure to eliminate hunger.
Suggesting a new regulatory authority for food safety standards, Senior Advise Ministry of National Food Security and Research Malik Zahoor on Monday admitted the failure of the state to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.
Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria.
Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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