Pentagon will test firefighters’ blood for PFAS. But then what?

Starting this fall, the Department of Defense will test every military firefighter’s blood for a class of chemicals tied to health problems. But the testing leaves out veterans, and the results may be of little use for individuals. One of those veterans, former military firefighter Dan Casson, was surprised to be diagnosed with multiple kindsContinue reading “Pentagon will test firefighters’ blood for PFAS. But then what?”

Warming could open U.S. for more ‘murder hornets’

Reports of bugs nicknamed “murder hornets” in the United States generated a lot of buzz as well as new legislation this week — and climate change could make the problem worse. Vespa mandarinia is the scientific name for the Asian giant hornet, which measures up to 2 inches long and delivers a powerful sting. These hornetsContinue reading “Warming could open U.S. for more ‘murder hornets’”

Congress insists on returning to work, but how?

Manuel Quiñones, Bev Banks and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters The Senate is back on Capitol Hill today and the House may return next week, but leaders are still figuring out the logistics of working during the pandemic. Senators have already scheduled a series of in-person hearings, taking advantage of larger meeting rooms to secure social distancing. “IfContinue reading “Congress insists on returning to work, but how?”

Virus worries halt curbside recycling programs

Dozens of towns and cities across the country have suspended parts of their recycling programs in response to the pandemic. Curbside pickup and electronics recycling have halted in several municipalities as the novel coronavirus has made working conditions less safe and companies have prioritized regular trash pickup. Centre County, Pa., temporarily stopped curbside recycling servicesContinue reading “Virus worries halt curbside recycling programs”

Food Dumped During Pandemic Comes with an Emissions Price Tag

Videos showing floods of milk rushing down the drain circulated on social media this month, vividly illustrating the agriculture industry’s losses during the novel coronavirus pandemic. After businesses and schools closed in response to social distancing measures, large-scale farms lost their normal customers and many had to throw out food. The breakdown of those dumpedContinue reading “Food Dumped During Pandemic Comes with an Emissions Price Tag”

Firefighters: Is our chemically treated gear making us sick?

After he retired from decades of work as a firefighter, Air Force veteran Jeffrey Hermes received devastating news: He had an “aggressive” form of prostate cancer, despite no family history of the disease. Now he’s worried about his exposure to harmful chemicals from both the firefighting foam he used and the very gear he woreContinue reading “Firefighters: Is our chemically treated gear making us sick?”

How lawmakers use technology to reach constituents

Social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic has transformed how congressional lawmakers connect with constituencies. Senate and House offices are discovering different ways to stay in touch with community leaders and other voters. House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is hosting conference calls with different constituencies and changing how his office addresses casework. “ObviouslyContinue reading “How lawmakers use technology to reach constituents”

'Into the unknown': Navy plans PFAS tests at Md. base

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — Despite the Navy’s assurances, residents near an air base by the Chesapeake Bay are worried about whether chemicals are contaminating their water. The military looms large in St. Mary’s County, where Navy, Marine Corps and Army banners hang in a cafe near Naval Air Station Patuxent River and residents rely onContinue reading “'Into the unknown': Navy plans PFAS tests at Md. base”

Veterans lobby Congress to fully fund conservation program

Veterans asked for full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in meetings with congressional offices yesterday. As volunteers from the Vet Voice Foundation popped in and out, some lawmakers decided to sign on to the LWCF bill. “I met with Sen. Martha McSally, who’s my senator from the great state ofContinue reading “Veterans lobby Congress to fully fund conservation program”

Conservative activists look to embolden GOP allies on climate

Nearly 100 conservative activists visited 76 Republican congressional offices yesterday to discuss a topic that some GOP members often avoid — climate change solutions. Volunteers from Citizens’ Climate Lobby spent a day on Capitol Hill to highlight the importance of climate action from Republicans. “It would mean a lot to hear that leadership coming fromContinue reading “Conservative activists look to embolden GOP allies on climate”