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    Discover Magazine reports on the U.S. Army's plans to incinerate millions of aging weapons filled with lethal nerve and mustard gas 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah; looks at the potential dangers involved in burning the chemicals, November 1993. # Grossman Shulman
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    In These Times (Chicago) looks at the Clinton and Gore Administration's lack of action on hazardous waste; the use of incinerators as a means of disposal continues, despite a campaign pledge to support a moratorium on incinerators; reports on a federal study that acknowledges a link between health problems and exposure to toxic chemicals, May 3, 1993. # IL Moberg EPA Waste Technologies Industries WTI Burke
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    Metro Times (Detroit) reports on the dangers of chlorine and chlorine-based chemicals; looks at how chlorine has become a part of every American's every day life, and why it will adversely affect life on earth for generations to come; finds that the chlorine industry is slowly changing its ways, and how the debate over chlorine will test the role of the government in environment protection, Feb. 10 - 16, 1993. # MI Paulsen paper Dow Occidental Greenpeace
  • POISONED CATCH

    CNN investigates the growing scientific concern about toxic chemicals that build up in fish and humans that eat fish. Fish, more than any other food source are repositories for chemical waste.
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    Consumer Reports investigates the health hazards of fish and seafood; finds that 40 percent of the fish tested were contaminated with human and animal waste and chemicals, making them unfit for human consumption, yet the fish were for sale to the public; gives reasons why fish are contaminated and how to spot a questionable product, and looks specifically at tuna, February 1992.
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian finds that when the Presidio, an army base in San Francisco Bay, is added to the state's park system, it will be so contaminated with chemicals and hazardous waste that it may have to be placed on the EPA'a superfund list; details the various problems facing the base and soon-to-be park, July 31, 1991.
  • Denying Paternity: Monsanto Case Shows How Hard It Is to Tie Pollution to a Source; PCBs Taint Site Where Firm Used to Produce Them, But It Doesn't See a Link; The Deadlock on Dead Creak

    Wall Street Journal shows how hard it is to prove who is responsible for pollution by outlining a case involving the Monsanto Co., which successfully won a law suit brought by the Illinois EPA by claiming it was a "coincidence" that the chemicals found in a river matched those used in a nearby Monsanto plant; argues that such successful defenses will mean that taxpayers will pay for more of cleanup costs.
  • SERIES ON SHERIFF AND TOXIC WASTE DUMPING

    KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) finds that the county sheriff's office is using inmates from the county jail to illegally dump hazardous waste and chemicals in a remote area behind the jail, a scheme designed to save the sheriff's department $50,000 in hazardous waste disposal costs, June - September 1991.
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    Family Circle (New York) reports on the danger to human health posed by lawn chemicals and pesticides, which can cause nerve damage, respiratory ailments, skin irritations, burns, miscarrages and death; lawn-care companies are negligent and the EPA is behind in its pesticide review process, April 2, 1991.
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY

    WFLA-TV (Tampa, Fla.) finds that county road crews were being exposed to potential cancer-causing chemicals without their knowledge, and they were disposing of the chemicals in an illegal manner, November - December 1991.