Health

Turf field concerns addressed at NJ planning board meeting

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

A new artificial turf field is replacing the grass field at West Milford High School in New Jersey. The new facility on McCormick Field will be in place and ready for play in early October In accord with findings of a study by four Connecticut state agencies the Planning Board, Environmental Commission and Engineer Paul

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N.J. DEP toughens sulfur rules to improve air quality

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

A new maximum sulfur content standard of 500 parts per million for home heating oil and lighter grade fuel oil will take effect on July 1, 2014, and a second phase of more stringent standards to reduce sulfur to 15 parts per million will take effect on July 1, 2016. That is down from current

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CT DPH Launches Environmental Health Tool

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network allows users to take a closer look at environmental health data to better protect the health of the people of Connecticut In continuing efforts to protect the health of the people of Connecticut from environmental hazards, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today the launch of its

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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.



Rockland County, NY, sewage money being shipped to CT?

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

New York’s Orange County is paying to truck solid waste to Connecticut after technical problems at the Harriman sewage plant forced a Rockland County recycling facility to turn away the sewage. Officials at the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority said that giant containers of sludge from Harriman failed to contain enough “solids” to be

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NRG Montville’s coal ash still polluting

Aug 27th, 2010 | By

Coal ash buried at the NRG Energy power plant property is continuing to pollute groundwater and soil with arsenic, beryllium and other heavy metals at levels higher than those considered safe, a study released Thursday by three environmental groups shows.

The NRG plant was the only Connecticut site among 39 listed in the report from the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club about the dangers of coal ash wastes to groundwater and surface water supplies, Judy Benson of The Day reports.



Excess deer population has its costs

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

The region’s overpopulation of deer cost Fairfield County towns more than $170 million a year in health care costs from tick-borne Lyme disease, car repairs and landscaping, according to a groundbreaking report bound to spark further debate on the issue of suburban hunting. via Excess deer population has its costs – Connecticut Post.



Lyme disease finds new foothold inland | Boston Globe

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

Lyme disease, the tick-borne ailment once primarily a scourge of the Cape and Islands, is now rampant in swaths of Massachusetts where locally acquired cases were rare a decade ago. In Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties, the number of patients diagnosed with the bacterial disease surged more than fourfold between 2000 and 2009, according to

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Group Raising Funds For Field Upgrades

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

MADISON, Conn. — Strong Field at the Surf Club in Madison could use an upgrade far beyond what the town can afford, but now a group of citizens has come forward with a multimillion-dollar plan and a way to raise the funds. Strong Field is in a unique spot. It’s situated on Long Island Sound,

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Lyme watchdog group fights on multiple fronts

Aug 17th, 2010 | By

Some medical experts go so far as to dispute the very existence of chronic Lyme disease, according to Dr. Kotsoris. One consequence of this controversy is less than robust funding for research that could offer answers and solutions to the burgeoning number of Lyme disease sufferers. According to recent statistics from the Centers for Disease

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Deer hunting moves to new parcels

Aug 14th, 2010 | By

RIDGEFIELD — There will be a half-dozen new plots of town-owned land where bow-hunters will take down deer this winter, as the effort to decimate a too-large deer herd moves into its fifth year.The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve hunting on six new sites. Because the town’s Deer Committee has dropped six

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Connecticut lab says Gulf seafood safe thus far

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Tests by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven on shrimp and finfish from areas of the Gulf of Mexico affected by the BP oil spill have shown contaminants in the seafood are below levels deemed harmful to humans. via Connecticut lab says Gulf seafood safe thus far | The Day.



Study: Artificial Turf Poses ‘No Elevated Health Risk’ (update)

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Updated with the following story from the Ridgefield Press: A new study of artificial turf fields containing crumb rubber infill conducted by four state agencies shows that health risks are not elevated from playing on the fields, the State Department of Environmental Protection said late Friday. However, higher contaminant levels at one indoor field indicate

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Geese Are Likely Culprits In Eight-Day Closure At Eichler’s Cove

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

Eichler’s Cove, Newtown’s only public fresh water beach, will be closed at least through Friday according to the local Health District. With no substantial runoff or known failing septic systems in the area, health and wetland officials suspect a significant population of Canada Geese nesting in the area for the highest bacteria counts on record

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Could lobsters be our canary in the coal mine?

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Coal miners once carried canaries into the mines knowing any toxic gas leaking into the shafts would first overcome the small birds, providing a warning. Could lobsters in Long Island Sound and elsewhere along the southern New England coastline be providing our warning? Researcher Hans Laufer fears that is the case. via The Day –

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Asbestos removal at Old Lyme High School starts

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Old Lyme – Asbestos-abatement work began Monday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and continues through Aug. 27. via The Day – Asbestos removal at Old Lyme High School starts | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Organization funds the fight to end Lyme disease epidemic; Plans fundraiser, April 2, 2011, in Stamford

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

“It’s all in your head” is what some Lyme disease patients hear when they tell doctors about their persistent fatigue, pain, and cognitive problems.”Lyme disease can present in myriad ways,” says Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, neurologist and medical advisor to Time for Lyme, a Greenwich, CT-based research, education and advocacy group. “The result is that it

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Well-intended / Let your weeds grow

Aug 6th, 2010 | By

onsider local plants that will thrive with little or no care and free a weekend or two from pushing the spreader around the yard. Or free the funds from the gardener and chemical manufacturers. Use herbicides, pesticides and fungicides only as a last resort. via Well-intended / Let your weeds grow – Westport News.



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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Wellness: Raw Milk Rules

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By

Advocates for unpasteurized milk and its health benefits take on the opposition. Winton Pitcoff offers a detailed list of reasons he’s a fan of raw milk, beginning with perhaps the most basic one: “Well, it tastes really good. You start there.” via The Valley Advocate: Wellness – Wellness: Raw Milk Rules.