Record-high tainted water leak at Fukushima plant

– leaked water contained an extraordinarily high 230-million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substances, consisting mainly of strontium 90. NHK — Feb 21 The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says 100 tons of water containing record high levels of radioactive substances overflowed from a storage tank. Tokyo Electric Power Company officials on…

Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the U.S., researchers have reported. They published their findings on parabens, which have been linked to…

Study adds lung damage to harmful effects of arsenic / lung damage comparable to decades of smoking

Contact: John Easton john.easton@uchospitals.edu 773-795-5225 University of Chicago Medical Center A new study confirms that exposure to low to moderate amounts of arsenic in drinking water can impair lung function. Doses of about 120 parts per billion of arsenic in well water—about 12 times the dose generally considered safe—produced lung damage comparable to decades of…

RNA-interference pesticides will need special safety testing

Contact: Tim Beardsley tbeardsley@aibs.org 703-674-2500 x326 American Institute of Biological Sciences A new technology for creating pesticides and pest-resistant crops could have effects on beneficial species that current toxicity testing will miss Standard toxicity testing is inadequate to assess the safety of a new technology with potential for creating pesticides and genetically modifying crops, according…

Record cesium level detected in fish caught near Fukushima nuclear plant: 7,400 times above safe limits

Kyodo Online: Mar 16, 2013 Last Modfied: Mar 16, 2013 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught in waters near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, equivalent to 7,400 times the state-set limit deemed safe for human consumption. The greenling…

Man-made chemicals cited in health scourges -UN report : “a global threat that needs to be resolved,”

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:59 GMT Reuters * Childhood cancers, male sperm count cited * Action said needed to avert global threat * Product labels may not identify components By Robert Evans GENEVA, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Man-made chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge…

Anti-snow chemicals used in Moscow take 1.3bn years to dissolve – report ( include K-40 (kalium-40) )

Published: 7 February, 2013, 18:19 Edited: 7 February, 2013, 18:19 Toxic and even radioactive elements have been found in de-icing substances used for clearing Moscow streets from snow, according to data gathered by a group of activists. City authorities deny the allegations. ­De-icing chemicals have never enjoyed public affection in Russia. They are mostly associated…