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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CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Last fall, after watching the death toll from opioids climb unchecked for years, Dr. Rahul Gupta, the man in charge of combating one of the worst health crises in America, decided to do something no one had ever tried. He ordered his staff to do an in-depth analysis of every person in his state who had died of a drug overdose over the preceding year—all 887 of them. Since 2014, West Virginia has held the grim distinction of having the highest overdose death rate in the country, according to Centers for Disease Control figures. In 2016, West Virginia’s death rate, according to the most recent federal data, was 52 per 1,000 people—nearly three times the national average. The next highest state, neighboring Ohio, had 39 deaths per 1,000. What West Virginia lacked, though, were the hard numbers that might point officials to a way out of a disaster that showed no signs of abating. Story Continued Below “We wanted to know who each person was … [Read more...] about The Immigrant Doctor Who’s Solving West Virginia’s Opioids Crisis
WHEELING — West Virginia congressional candidate Kendra Fershee — a lawyer and law school professor — said she believes the federal government should get out of the way when it comes to regulating marijuana. The West Virginia Legislature in 2017 approved legislation setting policy for medical marijuana use in the state, although those laws won’t become effective until July 2019. “Two studies have come showing that states that have legalized medical marijuana have fewer addiction issues,” said Fershee. “The federal government is in the way of states that want to control their own cannabis destiny, and I think the feds need to stop obstructing this because it is a safe pain management. “It’s also a revenue driver,” she said. “We need new sources of revenue the state can tax. We can’t just keep doing things the way we’ve always been doing them.” Fershee, a Democrat from Morgantown, is seeking the … [Read more...] about House Candidate Kendra Fershee: Opioid Epidemic a Health Care CrisisCOMMENTSTop HeadlinesThere’s a New Sheriff in The Village of Bethesda; Fred Thompson Appointed ChiefFacebook’s Zuckerberg To Apologize To CongressThomas Grubba Pleads Guilty in Bellaire Home Invasion KillingSuspect At Large After Robbery in WheelingU.S. Denies It Fired Missiles at Syrian BaseGorsuch Completes First Year On CourtWoman’s Past Still Haunts HerAppalachian Rhapsody: Wheeling Native Eager for Hometown PremiereCarter Taylor Seaton Examines West Virginia ‘Hippies’Suspect At Large After Robbery in WheelingNHL Playoff Format Unkind to Top ClubsChester City Council Considers Pay RaiseNewsletter