environmental health

Two Opposing Views on Fluoridating Portland's Drinking Water

The first commentary, by Rick North, encourages voters to defeat the ballot measure because of health concerns, lack of effectiveness and higher costs, while the second commentary, by Claudia Colen and Dr. Teran Colen insists the science is clear that fluoride doesn't have any negative health or environmental impacts and is a safe and effective option.

OPINION – APRIL 19, 2013 -- On May 3, ballots will be sent to all Portland voters asking them to vote on fluoridation. The last day to vote will be May 21.

Activists Push to Halt Coal Exports, Coal Burning

Local health, environmental and clean energy groups participate in a screening to hear about the struggles of activists in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia

November 8, 2012 -- The fight to keep coal trains from passing through Oregon on their way to ports overseas was put in a national context at a free screening of the documentary, The Last Mountain, at Portland's Bagdad Theater last week.

New Fish Consumption Standards Could Benefit Oregon Water Quality

Public invited to comment on state's toxic reduction strategy

March 5, 2012 -- Health experts often say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; could the same be said of pollution?

That seems to be the thinking behind revisions of environmental toxic standards underway throughout the Northwest. These revisions include broad policy approaches, like a toxics reduction strategy currently out for public comment in Oregon, and more targeted initiatives, such as standards adopted late last year that make the state a model when it comes to water quality and human health.

Environmental Health Conference Focuses on How Toxic Chemicals Influence Obesity

Known as obesogens, these chemicals influence weight gain by disrupting hormones that drive appetite and physical activity

February 17, 2012 -- Next time you struggle to put down that extra slice of pizza or get off the couch you might not feel so guilty about your lack of motivation, but new research suggests you may want to consider the role the environment may have played in your eating habits.

Foundry Neighbors Make Good, Agree on Air Toxics Reductions

Deal avoids litigation over ESCO emissions but exposes concern about statewide air quality regulation

December 8, 2011 -- Cutting down on toxic chemicals is nice, but a coalition of environmental health advocates and the historic industrial operation they challenged to slash cancer-causing emissions are congratulating themselves for avoiding a situation that's toxic in a different way: years of acrimonious litigation.

Just because the air has cleared in a tony Portland neighborhood, though, don't expect much praise for the way Oregon regulates air pollution and its impact on environmental health.

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