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Unregulated Danger? Mom, Toddler Burned by E-Cigarette Explosion
A mother and her toddler suffered horrible burns after she says an e-cigarette exploded, and now the family is filing a lawsuit against the store that sold her the device.
Paige Kadella is a Southern California mother who said she was trying to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes to improve her health, so she turned to vaping, or using an e-cigarette.
She says the decision turned into a consumer safety nightmare that’s gone unregulated for too long.
There are lots of studies about lithium ion batteries because of the potential dangers they pose.
From hover boards to cellphones to vaping devices, these small powerful batters have resulted in hundreds of reported injuries, but when it comes to powering e-cigarettes there's no regulation, no laws related to the safety of these batteries.
us_CA  public  explosion  environmental  batteries 
28 minutes ago by dchas
Lead found in 32 toys being sold for Christmas
Toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warned the public on the adverse effects of dangerous chemicals, particularly lead, which were found in 32 out of 100 of the sample toys it obtained from the local market.

Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition expressed grave concern that none of the samples, including a fidget spinner with 198,900 parts per million (ppm) of lead, provided a list of chemicals that make up a toy nor text or graphic warnings.

He urged the concerned agencies to take drastic actions in removing the toxic toys out of the market especially as the Christmas shopping is starting to peak.

The authenticity of the findings was further strengthened as the recent study was done in collaboration with IPEN Chemicals in Products Program.
Philippines  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
yesterday by dchas
Consumer group warns of 'dangerous' slime products
(CNN)A consumer advocacy group is warning parents of what it calls "dangerously high" levels of a chemical called boron in popular slime toys marketed to children -- although an expert disputed the findings and said the warning is overblown.

The warning was contained in the annual report by the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. The "Trouble in Toyland" safety survey was published Tuesday ahead of the major holiday shopping season.
The group noted "toys are safer than ever before," but that more work needs to be done to make them safer. PIRG's report highlighted the potential hazards of slime, toys with possible choking hazards and ones that could violate children's privacy by sharing data.
"With hundreds of new toys hitting the market every year, our survey of only 40 toys suggests there may be other potentially dangerous toys slipping through existing protections or worthy of further investigation," the group said.
The group singled out six popular slime products for what it described as containing "dangerously high boron content." Boron is a nonmetallic element, and compounds of it, such as borax, have been used in products for decades, ranging from detergents to roach poison. The US PIRG Education Fund said it found that "significant concentrations of boron, as high as 4,700 parts per million (ppm) in popular slime toys."
public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
yesterday by dchas
Kansas officials warn: Read labels and do not mix household chemicals
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management launched a chemical safety outreach campaign on social media for November. They want to educate people about the safety of household chemicals.

Safety advocates warn to be especially careful with chlorine bleach. Mixing it with ammonia or acid results in a chemical reaction that creates a toxic gas.

The effects of that gas could include irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. But with higher levels of exposure, you risk chest pain, difficulty breathing, vomiting, pneumonia, and even death.

If you’re cleaning in an enclosed space like a bathroom, it won’t take long for that toxic gas to overwhelm you.

Here’s the take away message: read the label before you use a cleaning product and don’t mix household chemicals.
us_KS  public  discovery  environmental  cleaners 
4 days ago by dchas
Some Senate Republicans Urge Trump to Nominate Leader for Chemical Safety Board
WASHINGTON—Some Senate Republicans have urged President Trump to nominate a chairman to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an agency Mr. Trump has tried to eliminate.

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works made the appeal in a letter to the White House last month, which The Wall Street Journal reviewed on Wednesday. It adds the Senate to a chorus of voices in government and industry calling for the president to support the agency.

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is a tiny agency of fewer than 40 employees that investigates the causes of oil spills, well explosions and chemical plant accidents. It was among the first agencies Mr. Trump targeted for elimination after taking office, but Congress has maintained its annual funding of at least $11 million.

“We encourage the president to nominate a new chair as soon as possible,” wrote committee chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.), head of the subcommittee on clean air and nuclear safety. Mr. Trump has also not nominated an acting chairman, so board member Kristen Kulinowski, appointed by former President Barack Obama, is serving as interim head. That doesn’t directly affect operations, but can make it difficult for Ms. Kulinowski to set the direction of the agency.
public  follow-up  environmental 
5 days ago by dchas
EPA releases draft safe daily dose for Chemours’s GenX chemical
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a safe daily level for people to ingest of Chemours’s GenX fluoroether surfactant and its acid. The draft number suggests drinking or eating these chemicals is safe at a level four times as high as recommended for the industrial substances perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), but that level is still extremely low.
Chemours makes and uses GenX, which it substitutes for PFOA as a polymerization aid, at a plant in Fayetteville, N.C. The chemical is the ammonium salt of hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (HFPO-DA). HFPO-DA is found in the Cape Fear River downstream of the Chemours facility as well as in nearby groundwater, rain, and treated drinking water.
EPA issued on Nov. 14 the so-called draft chronic reference dose of 80 ng/kg of body weight per day for the two fluoroethers combined. A reference dose is a maximum acceptable human exposure level likely not to cause appreciable health risks during a lifetime. The agency’s numbers are based on laboratory animal studies showing adverse effects in the liver, kidney, blood, and immune system and in fetuses.
public  discovery  environmental 
5 days ago by dchas
Hazardous Chemicals Being Disposed At Braintree High School
BRAINTREE, MA — A hazmat team will be at Braintree High School Wednesday getting rid of small quantities of hazardous waste.

School officials said benzoyl peroxide was found during a routine disposal of chemicals in the science department this fall. Benzoyl peroxide is a shock sensitive material and a common, regulated hazardous waste. Although the chemical is common in acne medication and other cosmetics, larger amounts can be explosive.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection gave the school an emergency license to stabilize and remove the chemical. Clean Harbors Environmental Services, a Norwell based waste management company, has been tasked with stabilizing the benzoyl peroxide.

After stabilization, the waste will be transported away from the school and properly disposed of at a hazardous waste management facility.
us_MA  laboratory  discovery  environmental  peroxide  waste 
6 days ago by dchas
Letter alleges feds may have known about Stewart contamination s
A new letter shows that the federal government may have known about possible radioactive contamination from Stewart Air Base contaminating Newburgh's water since the 1990s.

The 1992 letter is from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to federal Air Force officials asking them to investigate a possible radioactive contamination at Stewart Air Base, just feet away from the city's water supply at Washington Lake.

The letter contends that drums of chemicals may have been buried underground for years at Stewart and that someone reportedly saw workers in hazmat suits removing the drums from the ground.

The problem is that the city's drinking reservoir, Washington Lake, is less than a mile away.

Two years ago, the city discovered the reservoir was contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals from firefighting foam used at Stewart years ago.

This prompted officials to build a multimillion-dollar filtration water system.

City Manager Michael Ciaravino told the Mid-Hudson News that with this latest allegation of possible nuclear contamination, he doesn't have confidence the filtration system will be able to do anything.
us_NY  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
6 days ago by dchas
Following regs could have prevented barrel explosion
U.S. Department of Energy cleanup contractor Fluor Idaho has issued a report on the causes of the transuranic waste drums that blew their lids off last April at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex. And that report blows the lid off the DOE’s excuses about the accident.w

If DOE regulations and hazardous waste laws, including the state-issued RCRA permit, had been complied with, the accident would not have happened. And numerous opportunities were missed for Fluor Idaho to learn that they were playing fire — finely divided uranium more susceptible to serious oxidation than the more commonly encountered form of uranium from the Rocky Flats weapons plant called “roaster oxide.”

A fire had occurred last December when a waste container with this form of uranium was opened at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Facility. And despite this, a drum known to contain large amounts of the same form of uranium was sent to the Accelerated Retrieval Project V fabric enclosure despite its RCRA permit forbidding such material.

The drums that one by one expelled their powdery radioactive contents throughout the ARP V enclosure just hours after workers had gone home.

The first smoldering drum set off fire alarms. The fire department responded, but because of radiation monitor malfunction, they were unaware that radioactive airborne contamination inside the fabric tension membrane enclosure was far above normal. Radiological control personnel came to assist the firefighters 43 minutes after requested. The responders had inadequate knowledge of the materials in the drums which also hampered their efforts.
us_ID  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  dust  radiation  uranium  waste 
6 days ago by dchas
How to Build a Low-tech Website? | LOW←TECH MAGAZINE
"The new blog is designed to radically reduce the energy use associated with accessing our content."
science  server  energy  performance  webdev  webdesign  optimization  environmental 
6 days ago by bunnyhero
Hunters Warned About PFAS Chemicals Found In Michigan Deer
(WWJ) Just before firearms deer hunting season in Michigan comes a warning from health officials. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging hunters not to eat deer found around Clark's Marsh in Iosco County's Oscoda Township, on the northern side of the Au Sable River. 

This comes after the state took samples from 128 deer across Michigan to test for perfluoroalkyl substances -- industiral chemicals known as PFAS. One of those deer, taken near Clark’s Marsh, came back with elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) which is a type of PFAS.

Angela Minicucci of the MDHHS said these chemicals have been found to have contaminated many sources around the state.

"In water, and we are also finding them in other animals," Minicucci told WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites. "We found them in fish, and now we've began teasting (for) them in deer. 
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
7 days ago by dchas
Consumer 3D Printers Release Alarming Amount of Toxic Particles, New Study Reveals
With all the discussions surrounding single-use plastics and their impact on the environment (and eventually our health), some popular gadgets escaped scrutiny, even though they can produce quite a lot of toxic, potentially harmful substances.

New studies conducted by UL Chemical Safety and Georgia Institute of Technology concluded with some alarming reports: desktop 3D printers release hundreds of different compounds during the printing process, with plenty of toxic ones in the mix.

A puff of formaldehyde, folks?

When printing, the extruder that layers thermoplastic or nylon-based material to create a 3D print emits extremely small particles (UFP or ultrafine particles) carrying various toxic compounds.
us_GA  public  discovery  environmental  plastics 
7 days ago by dchas
Safety shortcomings found in 68% of inspected Finnish small workplaces
Inspections in nearly 400 small industrial workplaces, car and motorcycle repair shops and laundries across Finland have found "significant shortcomings" in chemical safety measures aimed at protecting workers.
Some 68% of the 396 workplaces inspected did not have an appropriate chemical risk assessment in place, according to a recent report from the country's Occupational Safety and Health Authority. Risk assessment was "totally missing" in 33% of workplaces and "inadequate" in 35%, it added.
Almost half of those inspected, 47%, had difficulty in providing a list of chemicals to workers while 30% had problems with material safety data sheets. In 29% of the inspections, a workplace survey concerning chemical safety was not available to employees.
Finland  industrial  discovery  environmental 
7 days ago by dchas
Building BabyLegs (surface water trawl) @ Public Labs
Created with baby’s tights, soda pop bottles, and other
inexpensive and easy to find materials, Babylegs can
be used to skim the surface of water in rivers, streams, and oceans for floating marine microplastics by hand or from a boat. This instrument is called a surface trawl.
environmental  green  water  babylegs  marine  trawl  sensor  diy  publiclab.org  publiclab 
8 days ago by cyberchucktx
Unhealthy air conditions persist due to Camp fire smoke
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Health and air quality officials in Lake and neighboring counties have issued new warnings about hazardous air conditions due to the deadly Camp fire burning in Butte County.

The Camp fire began early Thursday, and has since resulted in nine confirmed fatalities, the destruction of 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures, and the burning of 90,000 acres in and around the towns of Paradise and Magalia.

Lake County Air Pollution Control Officer Doug Gearhart said that smoke from the Camp fire had caused conditions ranging from unhealthy to very unhealthy.

Conditions had cleared in some areas, resulting in the Lake County Quality Management District’s most recent forecast putting air quality conditions in the “unhealthy” range for most of the north county and “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive individuals” in the south county.
us_CA  public  fire  environmental  other_chemical 
9 days ago by dchas
Multiple agencies for fire safety?
The investigation into the fire that ravaged a plastic manufacturing unit at Manvila recently has thrown up confusion regarding the jurisdiction of the Factories and Boilers Department and the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services over enforcing fire safety regulations.

Besides recording the inadequacies in fire-fighting capabilities, the Kerala Fire and Rescue Services has found that the company had failed to obtain the requisite fire safety clearance.

A. Hemachandran, Director General, Kerala Fire and Rescue Services, said the company that had begun functioning in 1998 was yet to apply for a no-objection certificate (NOC).

“With fire safety provisions of the National Building Code being incorporated in the Kerala Municipal Building Rules and Kerala Panchayat Building Rules, it is mandatory for industrial buildings to obtain NOCs from the fire force. The Factories and Boilers Department should take the initiative in insisting on the fire safety clearance whenever industrial units sought their annual clearance,” he said.
India  industrial  discovery  environmental  plastics 
12 days ago by dchas

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