Bucks County, PAtheintell.com

Mask up in Bucks? County 'has no plans' to require masks for vaccinated residents

Calls for vaccinated Americans to wear masks send the wrong message to the public and Bucks County will not recommend or require face coverings, officials said. "Part of the motivation for people to get vaccinated has been eliminating the need to wear masks in order to be safe from the worst effects of the coronavirus or to keep from spreading it to others," read a statement released by county commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia, Bob Harvey and Gene DiGirolamo.
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Nassau County, NYNewsday

Nassau's water lesson for the nation

Long Island American Water, a local subsidiary of a massive multinational corporation, has been gouging Nassau County’s residents for years. With the company’s most recent rate hike, bills went up by almost a third. In response, Long Islanders turned outrage into organizing to demand public control over the water system.
Mckeesport, PAmonvalleyindependent.com

Water advisory continues for section of McKeesport

A portion of McKeesport’s Lower 10th Ward remains under a drinking water warning. The part of the neighborhood still under a “do not use” advisory is near the site of a fire that occurred July 16. Elevated levels of constituents from firefighting foam are still present, MAWC spokesman Matthew Junker...
Trenton, NJPosted by
NJ Spotlight

Will a larger Trenton-Mercer Airport choke region with flights?

County officials forecast modest rise in flights, but critics predict more will come. A planned expansion of Trenton-Mercer Airport will result in only a few dozen extra flights a day over the next 15 years, Mercer County officials say. Opponents, however, pointing to four new taxiways and a much bigger terminal building, say that the county and the Federal Aviation Administration are planning a bigger expansion without saying so.
Congress & CourtsEWG

EWG applauds food chemical safety review bill

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Working Group applauds new legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to meaningfully review the safety of food chemicals. The Food Chemical Reassessment Act of 2021, introduced today by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), would create an Office of Food Safety Assessment within the...
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Cleantech Company 374Water Touts PFAS-Eliminating Technology That ‘Makes Toxic Sludge Turn To Water’

So-called toxic “forever chemicals” are a concern across the United States. A recent analysis by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found nearly 30,000 sites where man-made perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are likely used or discharged into water. A North Carolina company called 374Water also recently announced an agreement with...
Wayland, MAWicked Local

Wayland updates water treatment plan

The town of Wayland issued a statement July 22 regarding the status of ongoing efforts to address PFAS in the town’s water supply. On June 30, the Board of Public Works held a public meeting to deliberate the various options related to the treatment of PFAS at the town’s Happy Hollow wellfield location. Before taking a vote, Town Administrator Louise Miller, DPW Director Tom Holder and a representative from the town’s engineering firm of Tata & Howard, Ryan Neyland, each presented the pros and cons of the various PFAS treatment options. After careful consideration of all options, the board members voted for a treatment option that, once implemented, will allow the town to operate the Happy Hollow wellfield with nondetectable levels of PFAS.
Dearborn, MIDearborn Press & Guide

Debbie Dingell update July 26

FEMA, SBA, and state and local officials have opened Disaster Recovery Center’s in Southeast Michigan, including at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn (16301, Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126) and the Eaton Senior Recreation Center in Dearborn Heights (4900 Pardee Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125). To find a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center near you, visit https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.

The 'Forever Chemical' That Will Impact the Insurance Industry for Years to Come

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, have served as a key component in numerous industrial and consumer products for decades. These “forever chemicals,” which have been associated with environmental contamination and adverse health outcomes, have garnered steadily-growing attention from regulatory authorities, the plaintiffs bar, and, by extension, the insurance industry. Bottom-line impacts could be huge. Some have already suggested that PFAS are the “next asbestos.”

ERMI and CIC launch environmental captive insurance program

After 30+ years in the environmental insurance industry, Chris Bunbury (pictured) and his team at Environmental Risk Managers, Inc. (ERMI) may have just “cracked the code” on what insureds are looking for. ERMI, an environmental insurance wholesaler, has teamed up with CIC Services, a risk management consulting firm specializing in...
Public HealthNEWS10 ABC

Tonko: $40M in local grants support community health research

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — On Friday, Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko sent out a list of local public health organizations being awarded a combined $40,151,464 in federal grant money. The funding will go toward mental health services, PFAS research, emergency preparedness, and studies on treatments and prevention for different diseases, including COVID.