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EnviRN News: It’s Finally Here! The GreenRN iPhone App
June 13, 2012, 12:36 pm
Filed under: News

Dear Nurse Colleagues,

We are so excited! It’s been along time in the making, but we think you’ll find it was worth the wait. Our new (free) iPhone app for nurses is here, GreenRN.

The GreenRN app provides tips for nurses three times a week to educate and inspire you about environmental health. It also offers ways to positively affect your patients and yourself. With our app, nurses will receive quick snippets of useful environmental health information such as ways to green your nursing practice, environmental chemicals of concern and how they impact human health, and ways to reduce exposures.

GreenRN also provides more in-depth information based on the tip of the day for nurses that want to delve deeper into the topic as well as links to vetted web resources. Tips and resources can be accessed anytime once they have been published and tips can be saved in your favorites folder for easy access. You can download GreenRN at

Please share with your nursing colleagues and students. We hope it will become your go-to source for environmental health information on the go! Happy app’ing!

Katie Huffling
Director of Programs


OMB Watch: Attacks On Clean Air Standards Now Target The Expected Health Benefits Of Rules
June 13, 2012, 12:32 pm
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Posted on June 12, 2012

Clean air protections are under attack yet again. While opponents of these standards continue to target rules through anti-regulatory legislation, new arguments criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) analyses of air pollution reduction benefits have emerged. These efforts to undermine clean air standards ignore the purpose and legal mandate of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by focusing on the costs to businesses instead of the health benefits of cleaner air, despite evidence that the benefits of these rules outweigh their costs.

The 112th Congress has consistently voted to weaken environmental and health protections, earning the label of “the most anti-environment House in history.” According to data compiled by the House Energy and Commerce Committee minority staff, the House majority has voted 77 times to dismantle the CAA. A number of statutory provisions that would block EPA’s authority to issue certain regulations under the CAA have passed in the House. Meanwhile, the Senate will soon vote on a resolution introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) that would nullify EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants.

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EcoWatch: Top 10 GMO Foods To Avoid
June 13, 2012, 12:28 pm
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The most recent converts are hailing a new technique developed by researchers to extend the shelf life of tomatoes and other crops from the traditional 15 days or so to a full month. This is accomplished by suppressing two enzymes (A-Man, B-hex) which accumulate during the ripening process. Backers say this modification can decrease waste and increase efficiency, and it’s a process that genetically alters the product. There have been reports that some animals have died shortly after consuming GMO tomatoes.


Cotton is considered a food item because its oil can be consumed. According to recent Chinese research, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton is capable of killing bollworms without the use of insecticides. The production of Bt cotton has been linked to drastic depletion of soil nutrients and lower crop yields.


Canola oil must be chemically removed from the seeds, then deodorized and altered, in order to be utilized in foods. They are among the most chemically altered foods in our diets.


Aspartame is an artificial sweetener found in a number of products and accounts for as much as 75 percent of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (This is not a GMO)


One-fifth of dairy cows in the U.S. are given growth hormones to increase milk production. Scientists are concerned that the increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1) from hormone-treated cows may boost the risks of colon and breast cancer in humans. In 2008, Hiland Dairy stopped using milk from dairy farmers who injected their cows with growth hormone.

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Detroit Free Press: Before You Eat Michigan Fish, Do Some Research
June 13, 2012, 12:23 pm
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The fish from many of Michigan’s Great Lakes and inland waters are so laden with PCBs, mercury, dioxins and other chemical toxins that they shouldn’t be eaten by children or women of childbearing age. And some fish from some of our waters shouldn’t be eaten by anyone of any age.

That’s incredibly sad. And what’s sadder is that the State of Michigan hasn’t done much to make it possible for you to learn about it.

A dozen years or so ago, you were handed a Fish Eating Advisory when you bought a fishing license. Not anymore. The brochures are now printed by the Michigan Department of Health, and a spokesperson said there’s no longer any money to hand them out wholesale.

You can call and ask for one, which will be mailed to you, or you can get it online from the Health Department or the Department of Natural Resources. But don’t people have to know that such a report is available before they’ll ask for it?

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EcoWatch: Water Sales To Fracking Industry Stopped In Southern Ohio
June 13, 2012, 12:19 pm
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The Muskingum Water Conservancy District (MWCD) announced today that it is halting water sales to the oil and gas industry pending the completion of a U.S. Geological Survey water availability study and the revision of its water supply policy.   The MWCD cited concerns presented by members of the public and environmental groups as reason for the announcement.   The MWCD’s announcement follows a June 2 rally and protest on the steps of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse in New Philadelphia, Ohio. At the rally led by the Southeast Alliance to Save Our Water and the Buckeye Forest Council, concerned citizens came out in force to protest a potential decision by the MWCD to sell millions of gallons of public water to fracking operations.

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OEC: FREE Educational Forums On Hydraulic Fracturing In Ohio
June 13, 2012, 12:15 pm
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Learn about the current state of laws and science on high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and how it affects you and your community.

Representatives from the Ohio Environmental Council and special guest speakers also will discuss air, land, and water quality concerns.

Free food and beverages provided.

Please join us for one or more of these forums: Date Time Location

June 21  3 – 7 p.m.  Reed Memorial Library, Ravenna

June 23 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Stark County District Library, North Branch, Canton

June 27 3 – 7 p.m.  Columbiana Public Library

June 27 4 – 8 p.m. First Congregational United, Mt. Vernon

June 30 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Newark Public Library

July 7 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. St. James Episcopal Church, Zanesville

July 10 3 – 7 p.m.  Coshocton Public Library

July 12 4 – 8 p.m.  New Philadelphia Public Library, Main Branch

July 19 4 – 8 p.m.  Youngstown Public Library, Main Branch

July 21 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Carroll County District Library, Carrollton

July 25 4 – 8 p.m. Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County, Schiappa Branch, Steubenville

Details at

FREE to attend but please RSVP to (614) 487-7506 or

Questions? Contact Melanie Houston at


CHEJ: Phthalates From Vinyl Flooring Found In Babies
June 13, 2012, 12:10 pm
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A major new study by researchers in Sweden found that phthalates released from vinyl/PVC flooring are getting into the bodies of babies. Scientists found higher levels of certain phthalates in babies who had PVC flooring in their bedrooms.  “While phthalates have been banned in toys, they’re widespread in many other products in our homes and schools.

This new study underscores the need for the government to ban phthalates and vinyl in our schools and homes,” said CHEJ’s Campaign Coordinator, Mike Schade. “Phthalates are getting into the air and dust inside our home and schools, and as a result, into our bodies.”

Studies have found phthalates associated with a wide range of health problems including asthma, birth defects, developmental problems in children, and more.