Archives for the day of: October 12, 2010

From the Montreal Gazzette:

A Montreal breast cancer action group wants consumers to stop buying “pink ribbon” products and instead give money directly to organizations that fund breast cancer prevention research.

“I am offended and tired of companies slapping pink ribbons on their products, when their products continue to contain known, suspected or potential carcinogens,” Carol Secter, a board member of Breast Cancer Action Montreal, said at a news conference Wednesday.

The group contends that the Pink Ribbon campaign mainly benefits corporations, many of which still sell products with ingredients linked to cancer.

These companies, the group contends, donate an undisclosed fraction of their pink ribbon profits to research, and most of that research is dedicated to searching for a cure, or for breast cancer treatment. Only about 5 per cent of the money collected for breast cancer goes to research into prevention of the disease.

“None of us are saying that research on treatments or finding a cure is not important. But the money going there is out of proportion with the percentage that goes into finding the root causes of breast cancer,” Sector said.

Meanwhile, researchers are increasingly pointing to environmental causes of breast cancer, such as toxic ingredients in cosmetics or traffic-related air pollution.

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Crain’s New York Business: Pols, activists want 700 city schools tested for PCBs – On the heels of recent tests that recorded high levels of PCBs in three city schools, a coalition of elected officials, labor unions and community groups Thursday demanded the U.S. EPA and Department of Education test 700 schools they say could be contaminated with the toxic chemical. . . . After high levels of PCBs were found in caulk in some city schools, the DOE and EPA earlier this year entered into an agreement under which local education officials conducted a pilot study of five schools. Three of the sites turned up PCB air levels significantly above EPA-recommended levels. Read more here.

Louisville Courier-Journal:Environmentalists claim Kentucky coal mines faked water data – Robert Kennedy Jr. and other environmentalists claim three surface coal mining operations in Eastern Kentucky falsified pollution data, failed to submit reports or exceeded permit limits on more than 20,000 occasions in the last two years. . . . The groups want the companies to be fined as much as $740 million and criminal prosecution of anyone who might have falsified the reports. International Coal Group called the allegations “scurrilous,” while officials identified in public records as representing Frasure Creek Mining did not return phone calls. The mines’ discharge reports routinely repeated the same figures for a variety of pollutants, the environmental groups claim. “In one case, we noticed that all 42 of the reported pollutant levels of first quarter of 2009 were exactly the same as the second quarter,” said Donna Lisenby of Appalachian Voices, which conducted the study. In some, the reports were signed and dated in advance of the date of the tests, she said. Read more here.

Louisville Courier-Journal: EPA opposes 11 Kentucky coal mining water permits -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blocking nearly a dozen water discharge permits sought by coal mines in Kentucky, saying they fail to protect eastern Kentucky waterways. It’s the first time in about 20 years the federal agency has made such a move in Kentucky, but it is similar to actions that it’s made in other Appalachian states, where regulators are complaining that the EPA is overstepping its bounds. Read more here.

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