Posts Tagged ‘ EHHI ’

Petition would ban wood smoke

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

Among car exhaust, factory fumes and coal-fired power plants, there is one source of air pollution that Connecticut residents know little about: emissions from residential wood smoke. Earlier this month, The American Lung Association of the Northeast, the Sierra Club of Connecticut and Environment and Human Health, Inc. submitted a legal petition to the Connecticut

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EPA moves to regulate new wood stoves … beginning in 2015

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

“These standards are forward looking,” according to Nancy Alderman, “and therefore do not address the outdoor wood furnaces that are presently in use and are harming so many people in so many northern states. States, including Connecticut, will need to do something about these polluting devices – as the new standards do not address those in use – and there are so many people and families presently being made sick from neighbors’ outdoor wood furnaces.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

“Now, finally, the EPA is retracting assuring people of the safety of these fields,” EHHI Executive Director Nancy Alderman said in a news release.

Now, she said, maybe people will finally believe us about the dangers of synthetic turf, even though hundreds of towns have spent millions of dollars installing exactly these kinds of fields for their residents, including children, to play on.

Enter the search term “turf” in the search box on this page for more stories about artificial turf and towns that have spent millions installing them for children and others to play on.



Turf may be synthetic, but health issues are real: Students begin asking questions

Jun 14th, 2013 | By

Greenwich High School students are right to question the health and safety of the synthetic turf field that has been installed in their school and in so many other schools throughout this state and the country.



FORUM: Keep fracking waste from coming into Connecticut by Nancy Alderman, via the NHRegister

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Although natural gas burns much cleaner than other fuels, there is a problem with the extraction of it from the shale deposits. The extraction methods, called fracking, are poorly regulated and therefore are causing many serious environmental and human health problems. Click on this Headline for more on this story from Nancy Alderman.



Compromise tanning bill has passed the CT Senate unanimously: a note from Nancy Alderman

May 17th, 2013 | By

Environment and Human Health, Inc. — along with just about every health organization in CT – as well as a lot of very dedicated individuals — worked to pass a ban on tanning bed use for minors. CT legislators did not want to ban tanning beds for all minors – and so a compromise Bill

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A warning about outdoor wood furnaces from EHHI

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

The phone calls are coming in to Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) once again from people whose neighbor’s have installed outdoor wood furnaces (OWFs) over the summer — and they are just now starting them up. People cannot believe that neighbors are allowed to smoke them out of their homes 24/7 – but that, in fact, is the case in CT and in many other states.



CT Indoor Tanning Law Not As Strict As Other States

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

Nancy Alderman, of Environment and Human Health writes: 1. With Connecticut having tanning laws less strict than other states (see article in the New Haven Independent that researched this http://c-hit.newhavenindependent.org/health/entry/ct_indoor_tanning_law_not_as_strict_as_other_states     2. With the CT state legislature not getting last year’s tanning Bill out of the Public Health committee;     3. Now we

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Fracking in Connecticut? Summary of July 24, 2012, meeting in New Haven

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

Summary of the “Fracking” Meeting held by Environment and Human Health, Inc. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Yale School of Forestry for all those people in CT who were, and are, interested in the fracking issue for Connecticut.



Report Calls for More Responsible Management of Cell Phones to Protect Children and Pregnant Women

Feb 1st, 2012 | By

EHHI has released a new report calling for tougher standards to regulate cellular technologies—especially for children and pregnant women.

This report is the first part of a project researching the health effects of cell phone use. John Wargo, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Risk and Policy at Yale and lead author of the report, said, “The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women….” Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.



CEQ’s Wagner calls for outdoor furnaces moratorium

Feb 15th, 2011 | By

Testifying before the General Assembly’s environment committee, Council on Environmental Quality Executive Director Karl Wagener said a “moratorium” should be enacted until the state Department of Environmental Protection issues updated regulations.



OWF Opponents Seek Ban; Maynard ‘taken aback’ by bill; NY says ‘keep ’em clean’

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

A Bill that will ban outdoor wood furnaces will be a Committee Bill before the Environment Committee of the CT State Legislature this session. The Bill will exempt farmers and their farm houses from the proposed ban. Read more inside!



EHHI planning pre-legislative session educational lawn pesticide brochure

Nov 11th, 2010 | By

EHHI will produce an educational brochure in time for the 2011 legislative session to help legislators and individuals learn about Connecticut’s (and 41 other states’) lawn-care pre-emption regulation.



Research shows outdoor wood furnaces are health hazard

Oct 25th, 2010 | By

EHHI’s new report shows that current regulations for outdoor wood furnaces are not sufficient to protect human health. Wood smoke contains many of the same toxic compounds that are found in cigarette smoke. A house 240 feet from OWF had 12 times the levels of PM 2.5 as the houses not near an outdoor wood furnace and 8 times the levels of the EPA air standards.



Hamden, No. Haven move to ban outdoor furnaces

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

Hamden and North Haven are taking steps to ban outdoor wood-burning furnaces because of their potential impact on public health and the environment. The Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday and then act on an amendment to the zoning regulations that would ban the furnaces. The meeting will take place

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‘Artificial turf contains carcinogens and toxins’: Study

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL: Synthetic turf fields have been installed at schools across the country, and the findings of a new artificial turf study show that these fields contain chemical carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory toxins and skin and eye irritants.

The Synthetic Turf Council says that there are more than 5,500 artificial turf fields installed nationwide.

Due to the growth of this industry and because so many students play on artificial turf, the Connecticut DEP studied potential health effects of the fields and the results are reported on here.



Turf Study’s Risk Estimates Modified to Avoid Alarming Public

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) was astonished to learn that despite the significant health and safety concerns shown in the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Artificial Turf Study, the state agency was urged to re-frame its press release so as not to alarm the public. Unbelievably, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), which

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