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  • Coal emissions under fire for impact on health

    A MERRIWA vet and cattle farmer says it’s time governments took the cumulative impact of heavy metal emissions from coalmines and power stations on people’s health seriously. A long-term study of heavy metal levels in  cattle might be the answer, Ted Finnie said. ‘‘Particulate matter emissions from coalmines is known to contain relatively high levels […]

  • The Trouble With That Noxious Haze At The Illinois Nuclear-Fuel Plant

    The main threat from uranium hexafluoride, the gas that leaked at a Honeywell plant in Metropolis IL on Sunday night, does not derive from its radioactivity, but from its chemical toxicity, according to studies of people who have been exposed accidentally and animals who have been exposed intentionally. “The carcinogenic hazard from radiation exposure is […]

  • Reports differ on injuries at Metropolis nuclear plant following leakage of Uranium hexafluoride

    Conflicting reports have circulated among Metropolis, Illinois, residents concerning the Sunday, Oct. 26, uranium hexafluoride leak  at the Honeywell plant at about 7:35 p.m. Although a plant news release quickly stated that no injuries have been reported and the leak was contained to plant property, a resident  told HNN Thursday night, Oct. 30, of leaving […]

  • Micronucleus and sister chromatid exchange frequency in endemic fluorosis

    Introduction Although widespread in occurrence, fluorine (as fluoride ion, F-) does not have any known physiological requirement. It is generally accepted, however, that long term over-intake of fluoride may cause skeletal as well as dental fluorosis. Many studies on other toxic effects of fluoride have been made, including whether it alters human genetic material and […]

  • Extended follow-up of cancer incidence in fluoride-exposed workers

    Workers at the cryolite mill in Copenhagen, Denmark, are unique because of their exposure to high levels of fluoride dust and their virtual lack of exposure to other occupational toxicants or carcinogens (1,2). We previously reported the cancer morbidity from 1943 through 1987 for 422 male cryolite workers employed for more than 6 months at […]

  • Canada: Anti-Fluoride In Drinking Water: Litigation Update

    Will citizen group litigation and the threat of personal liability stop fluoridation of drinking water in Ontario? In our earlier blog post, we described a threat by an advocacy group called Concerned Residents of Peel to End Water Fluoridation (Concerned Residents) against Peel municipal councillors. The group threatened the councillors with personal liability if they […]

  • Dear HHS: Science Dictates Fluoridation Must End

    The federal government has proposed that water fluoride levels be lowered to 0.7 parts per million to stem the growing incidence of dental fluorosis (discolored and/or pitted teeth), which now affects 41% of adolescents ages 12-15. However, this “lowered” level of fluoride is still too high, and will not protect millions of American children from […]

  • PFASs. Environmental Toxins Discovered in Polar Bear Brains: Chemical Danger for Wildlife

    Polar bears are in trouble–and not just from climate change. Researchers have found that environmental toxins are seeping into the brain tissue of these charismatic mammals, potentially causing unforeseen side effects as they enter the Arctic food chain. PerFluoroAlkyl Substances (PFASs) and precursor compounds have been used a wide variety of commercial and industrial products […]

  • Arsenic in Drinking Water: Costly Change Could Lower Levels

    In early August, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to decide on a petition to change the source of fluoride in U.S. drinking water. Currently, the source of fluoride in most public water supplies is fluorosilicic acid, according to government records. The petition calls for the EPA to instead require the use of pharmaceutical-grade sodium […]

  • Bangalore: A cocktail of toxins

    Chemical analysis of water samples collected as a part of ground water monitoring, carried out by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), has thrown up worrying results. Besides nitrate, fluoride, salinity being above normal levels, fluoride and radon gas have emerged as the new ingredients in the city’s ground water above permissible levels. “We have […]