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Pacbell to Remove Toxic Underwater Cable from Lake Tahoe’s Waters 63 Tons of Lead in Long-Abandoned Telecom Lines OAKLAND, CA – AT&T’s PacBell subsidiary will pull eight miles of decrepit telephone cable out of Lake Tahoe, where it has been leaching toxic lead into the lake’s water for decades, under a settlement agreement finalized last week in federal court in Sacramento. Local divers discovered the abandoned cables years ago while removing other trash from the lake bottom, and the non-profit California Sportfishing Protection…

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When communities are threatened by toxic substances in our air, water, or the products we use in our homes, environmental watch groups utilize Proposition 65 as a tool to pressure manufacturers to take accountability for our exposure to hazardous chemicals. Public health advocates like the Environmental Health Coalition use Prop 65 to obtain justice for historically marginalized groups who have been disproportionately exposed to dangerous chemicals in their environments for decades. For the Environmental Health Coalition, the fight began with…

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Swim Caps CEH

Center for Environmental Health (CEH) finds cancer-causing chemical in Swim Cap In the fleeting moments, before the Olympic Swimmers take their marks, their brains race through all their training, mental preparation, and previous races. The last aspect of the race they should be focusing on is the swim caps on their head. This year has been a tumultuous experience for many Olympians and dedicated viewers alike. Earlier in the season, The International Swimming Federation (FINA) outlawed the use of SoulCaps…

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Workout bands have become an everyday necessity to the quarantine workout lifestyle. They are easy to use, lightweight, effective, and apparently, chemically toxic. Recent testing has shown that popular workout brands such as Adidas, Go Fit, and AmazonBasics have been selling products that have cancer-causing nitrosamines as a result of their latex processing. With the products’ increasing popularity, it is quite concerning that a tool oriented at helping your health could be harming you.  Nitrosamines are by no means a…

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Poor air quality is the biggest environmental health risk in America. But not every neighborhood is created equal. Across the country, communities of color disproportionately bear the burden of carcinogens, fine particulate matter, and chemicals in the air they breathe every day. For decades, the predominantly Latinx community of Paramount, California was exposed to the heavy metal hex chrome in their own neighborhood. Hex chrome is a chemical known to cause cancer, birth defects, and damage to virtually any vital…

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