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newsies 1- july '97

  FYI, to subscribe to greenpeace's various listserv's, incl. the global news
  headlines (immed. below) that i periodically remind people they snip after
  the 1st sentence or less (for int'l copyright reasons, but gp is working on
  getting a bit more leeway):
  send command 'lists' to:  majordomo@xs2.greenpeace.org
  (add the command 'help' to get a list of commands, incl. how to subscribe,
  if you're unfamiliar w/ the majordomo automated listserv software).  -tony
  July 6, 1997
  FROM GREENPEACE, Greenbase Project
  <<< TOXICS >>>
    2 (Olympics) Australiam government to investigate contamination
  claim SYDNEY, July 6 (AFP) Claims that highly toxic dioxins had
  been dumped at the 2000 Sydney Olympics site would be seriously
  investigated, Environment Minister Robert Hill said Sunday.
    3 [2] FDA stops use of dioxin-tainted livestock feed  WASHINGTON,
  July 3 (Reuter) The Food and Drug Administration Thursday barred
  further sale and distribution of poultry feed that was tainted with
  dioxin, a dangerous chemical compound.  The FDA said the levels of
    4 AP Worldstream July  05, 1997 HEADLINE: Sixty-seven people sent
  to hospital after  chlorine leak DATELINE: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
  Sixty-seven people were rushed to the hospital following
  a chlorine  leak at a water treatment plant at a village
            OPPT NEWSBREAK      Thursday, 3 July 1997
            Today's "Toxic News for the Net" brought to you by the OPPT
            "Addenda [Around the Nation]."  Washington Post, 3 July 97, A10.
                 Times Beach, Missouri, which was abandoned and leveled
                 because of dioxin contamination, will be turned into a park
                 dedicated to U.S. Route 66, the highway running from Chicago
                 to Los Angeles that served as a major east-west link until
                 the 1950s, when the interstate highway system covered parts
                 of it and bypassed the rest.
            "A Sanitary History of Household Bleach [Etcetera]."  Washington
            Post Home, 3 July 97, 22.
                 A timeline of the evolution of household bleach, from 5000
                 B.C. when Egyptians relied on the sun to whiten their
                 garments, through the early 1900s when the Electro-Alkaline
                 Co. (now the Clorox Co.) made sodium hypochlorite bleach, to
                 today's environmental debate over reducing dioxin, a
                 chlorine byproduct.
            "Children's Health Declaration, Chair's Summary from G-7
  Environment Ministers Meeting in
            Miami," Bureau of National Affairs - International Environment
  Reporter Current Reports (May
            14, 1997): 498-501.
            G-7 Environmental Ministers released a declaration on children's
  health during a recent meeting in
            Miami.  The declaration acknowledged that children are exposed to
  numerous health threats from
            a wide variety of environmental hazards, and specified "items for
  action" which could "benefit
            most from collective effort by the Eight."  The action items were
  environmental risk assessments
            and standard setting, children's exposure to lead,
  microbiologically safe drinking water,
            environmental tobacco smoke, emerging threats to children's
  health from endocrine disrupting
            chemicals, and impacts of global climate change to children's
  health.  The declaration stressed the
            importance of sharing information, collaborating on research and
  developing cooperative
            strategies to deal with these threats.
  ** [note:  epa's proposed rule on this just arrived, see separate post from me.]
  EPA Report Details Impacts of Air Toxics On Great Waters,
  Proposes Plan of Action.  Daily Environment Report, July 1, 1997,
       EPA Administrator Carol Browner was expected to submit a
  report to Congress yesterday detailing the deposition of air
  toxics to the nation's surface waters.  The June 30 deadline for
  the letter to Congress was part of a settlement reached in May
  with environmental organizations (Sierra Club v. Browner, DC DC,
  No. 96-1680).
       The document, titled "Deposition of Air Pollutants to the
  Great Waters - Report to Congress," calls for more regulation to
  protect the country's great waters (the Great Lakes, Chesapeake
  Bay, Lake Champlain, and some coastal areas) from air pollution.
  The agency is required under court order to make a final decision
  on what future control measures will need to be taken by March
  15, 1998.
       According to Eric Ginsberg of the Air Quality Strategies and
  Standards Division of the EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and
  Standards, the agency's findings support the conclusion that the
  deposition of air toxics to surface waters is happening.  The
  agency has not yet found a strong cause and effect relationship
  linking the pollutants to the damage that is being seen in these
  environments, however.
       Ginsberg cited several examples of progress that is being
  made to reduce the deposition of air toxics to the waters.  An
  agreement between Canada and the US, for example, is expected to
  reduce the amount of mercury deposited to the Great Lakes by 50
       Howard Fox, a Sierra Club attorney, accuses the EPA of being
  slow in addressing this problem.  Under Section 112(m) of the
  Clean Air Act, the agency was required to prepare a report on the
  problem three years after the 1990 amendments were adopted, and
  biennially after that.  EPA was also required to make a decision
  as to whether new regulation would be needed to resolve the
  problem by November 1995.
       Fox said that there was enough evidence on the issue at this
  time that EPA should move immediately to address the problem.
  No Further Rules Needed to Protect Great Waters From Air Toxics,
  EPA Says. Daily Environment Report, July 2, 1997, ppA-4-5.
       EPA does not need to set additional regulations to protect
  certain surface waters in the United States from toxic air
  pollutant deposition, according to a agency report entitled
  _Deposition of Air Pollutants to the Great Waters-Report to
       The report concluded that while deposition of 15 "pollutants
  of concern" into the nation's surface waters is still a problem,
  the provisions concerning toxics in the Clean Air Act give the
  agency enough authority to deal with the problem.
       The report stated that provisions contained in Section 112
  of the Clean Air Act, which set technology based standards for
  the sources of 188 air toxics, "are adequate to prevent serious
  adverse human health effects and serious or widespread
  environmental effects as a result of atmospheric depositions of
  [hazardous air pollutants] emitted by stationary sources."