Washington Post: Environmental justice issues take center stage.

The winding Mataponi Creek looks clear in the sunlight, with marsh grasses lining its banks. But some of the coal ash waste from a nearby power plant is also coursing through its waters, and residents are worried it is contaminating their well water.  The area around the Brandywine ash storage site – where waste from Mirant Mid-Atlantic’s Chalk Point plant containing carcinogens and heavy metals ends up – is a fairly rural community, with residents who are far from politically active and have little leverage with elected officials who might act on the matter. . . . The controversy over toxic coal ash waste in this corner of Prince George’s County – and fights for greater coal ash regulation from Alabama to Puerto Rico – highlights an issue that has been around for decades and is again in the spotlight: environmental justice.  More . . .

Associated Press: Cadmium, lead found in drinking glasses.

Drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and the Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz” exceed federal limits for lead in children’s products by up to 1,000 times, according to laboratory testing commissioned by The Associated Press. The decorative enamel on the superhero and Oz sets — made in China and purchased at a Warner Brothers Studios store in Burbank — contained between 16 percent and 30.2 percent lead. The federal limit on children’s products is 0.03 percent. The same glasses also contained relatively high levels of the even-more-dangerous cadmium, though there are no federal limits on that toxic metal in design surfaces. More . . .

Associated Press: US probes lead in kids’ drinking glasses.

Federal regulators launched an investigation on Monday into lead levels in themed drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters, declaring them children’s products subject to stricter standards than those intended for adult collectors.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said it was collecting samples of all glasses cited in an ongoing Associated Press investigation into dangerous metals in children’s merchandise, generally those containing the more dangerous toxin cadmium. The company that imported the Chinese-made glasses depicting the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and characters from The Wizard of Oz, such as Dorothy and the Tin Man, announced it would voluntarily recall them, despite its insistence that they were marketed to adults. More . . .

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