In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo, Lauren Woehr pours bottled water into her 16-month-old daughter Caroline's cup at their home in Horsham, Pa. In Horsham and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. EPA testing between 2013 and 2015 found significant amounts of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Horsham, Pa.) -- Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household. Tim Hagey, manager of a … [Read more...] about Toxins turning up in dozens of public water systemsYou may also be interested in…
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HORSHAM, Pa. -- Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking about the water his family unknowingly drank for years that was tainted by the same contaminants, and the pancreatic cancers that killed wife Betty Jean and two others in his household. Tim Hagey, manager of a local water utility, recalls how he used to assure people that the local public water was safe. That was before testing showed it had some of the highest levels of the toxic compounds of any public water system in the U.S. At "community engagement sessions" like the one in Horsham, residents and state, local and military officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly -- and decisively -- to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of the chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and … [Read more...] about Toxins turning up in dozens of public water systems in the U.S.
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The Wetzel County public school district in West Virginia has given some pretty strange explanations for why every school in the state has been closed for more than a week.“All schools in Wetzel County will be closed on Wed. Feb. 28, 2018, due to the stars beginning to align,” the district announced, cryptically, on the state department of education’s website.The district added an update Friday: "Lets just say it has nothing to do with weather."Funny. But no explanation was needed. Everybody in West Virginia knows what’s going on.For seven straight school days, a massive teachers strike has gripped every county in West Virginia, with teachers setting up picket lines on public roads and thronging the capitol to holler at state lawmakers.And with lawmakers unable to reach a deal on a compensation package Friday, the strike is likely to extend into next week, raising the stakes on all sides to resolve an unpredictable work stoppage that leaves thousands of children … [Read more...] about ‘The West Virginia Spring’: Teachers says soaring healthcare costs driving (likely illegal) statewide strike
By Matt Friedman ([email protected]; @mattfriedmannj) Good Thursday morning!Story Continued Below When the Democratic-led Legislature passed a bunch of gun control bills in 2013, everyone knew it was a fruitless exercise. Gov. Chris Christie was going to run for president and there was no way he would sign any of them — even one he had proposed. This time, of course, is different. The Assembly Judiciary Committee approved six bills, the most substantial of which would put in place a new system of seizure of firearms from those deemed a threat to themselves or others by mental health professionals. We’ll see if it passes the Senate, since it’s died there twice before. But if these bills reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk, there’s no question he’ll sign them — even if for now he says he “conceptually backs” them. And New Jersey’s extremely strict gun laws will get even stricter. In other news, it’s Walk to Washington … [Read more...] about GUN CONTROL advances in NJ — HORIZON uses chunk tax windfall for customers — DRUNK NEW JERSEYAN takes $1,600 Uber ride from West Virginia