Award-winning resource benefits communities near busy roadways

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More people will learn about the health impacts of living near busy roadways, thanks to a Jan. 10 award for the interactive infographic, ” Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution.” The Transportation Research Board (TRB), part of the prestigious National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, recognized the entry from the NIEHS-funded Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Southern California (USC). TRB recognition brings national attention to the infographic, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

NTP supports first study of BPA levels in U.S. factory workers

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A new study, supported by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), is the first to look at occupational exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) among manufacturing workers in the United States.

Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) led the study, which appeared Jan. 1 in the journal Annals of Work Exposures and Health. NIOSH is one of the member agencies of NTP, and the study was conducted as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two agencies.

Chemical risk assessment keeps pace with emerging science

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Advances in science and technology open the door to new approaches for assessing the risks posed by chemicals in the environment, according to a Jan. 5 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Using 21st Century Science to Improve Risk-Related Evaluations” considers recent progress in exposure science, toxicology, and epidemiology, and provides recommendations for applying those advances to risk assessment.

Conference: Nurturing Sustainable Communities From the Ground Up

February 23, 2017, Detroit, MI

This event will explore the intersection between the physicality of public space; the ways in which we practice commerce and the ways in which we develop diverse and inclusive communities. What does it take to achieve sustainable, healthy communities, so that our environment, business and culture combine to support human flourishing?

“Nurturing Sustainable Communities from the Ground Up” will follow the three tracks of the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – and will include plenary presentations by subject matter experts; a panel question and answer, and breakout discussions, using a facilitated small group dynamic.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the presentations and panel discussions, and then contribute their ideas for achieving sustainable Detroit communities. The topic is especially relevant and important to SE MI businesses (large, small, and start-up), property owners, community groups, developers, municipal governments and other stakeholders concerned about the transformation to healthier communities.

The event will feature City of Detroit Planner Maurice Cox as keynote speaker.

Top download from any federal site right now is Park Service report on climate change

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According to data from, which tracks Web traffic on all .gov websites, several pages related to climate change have been extremely popular in the week since President Trump’s inauguration.

As of Friday morning, a National Park Service report about the agency’s “Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy” was the most downloaded document from a government website. Thousands more people wanted to download that document than those who downloaded the form to apply for passport renewal or any of the Internal Revenue Service documents required to file tax returns.

Canadian scientists were followed, threatened and censored. They warn that Trump could do the same.

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White House officials have denied trying to censor public research bodies. Their counterparts in Canada denied the same several years ago — as scientists in that country reported that government minders were following them around, listening in on them and threatening them for speaking out of turn in public.

Now, some who worked in government during former prime minister Stephen Harper’s years in power are warning Americans to expect their own regime of censored science.

Flint residents seek $722M over water crisis

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More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages.