Health Effects

 

EPA & NMED Come to Settlement Agreement

EPA Reaches Informal Resolution of a Fifteen-Year-Old Civil Rights Complaint Against the New Mexico Environment Department EPA-NMED Civil Rights Settlement Agreement Fifteen years ago, three grassroots environmental groups and two individuals lodged a civil rights complaint against the New Mexico … Continue reading

Thirteen Years & Counting: Southeast New Mexico, Civil Rights and the EPA

Environmental Justice Denied The Center for Public Integrity has written a series of articles on the problems with EPA’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). When civil rights complaints are filed with OCR about environmental discrimination, they are supposed to investigate every complaint … Continue reading

Factory Farm Nation

2015 Edition From Food & Water Watch Manure from factory farms poses a significant risk to communities and the environment. According to the EPA, agriculture remains a major source of water pollution. And according to the GAO, “manure and wastewater from animal feeding operations … Continue reading

Confronting Climate Change in New Mexico

Action needed today to prepare the state for a hotter, drier future by the Union of Concerned Scientists New Mexico’s climate is getting hotter and drier, driven by regional and global warming trends. This means earlier springs, hotter summers, and less predictable winters. … Continue reading

Red Dust – Contamination in Northern New Mexico

A Soil Scientist’s Journey Through the Political Climate and Environmental Chemistry of Northern New Mexico by Morgan Drewniany Experiments were performed to investigate the presence of health-threatening contamination in the soils of a food producing community garden in the Pueblos … Continue reading

Legacy of Death from Building the Bomb

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’ by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for CommonDreams New investigative reporting from McClatchy has exposed the hidden legacy—and “enormous human cost”—of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, providing “an unprecedented glimpse of the costs … Continue reading

The Oil & Gas Threats Map

The Oil & Gas Threat Map shows us that oil and gas air pollution isn’t someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem. The Pollution Until very recently, there were no federal limits on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. … Continue reading

Inside America’s Atomic State

Residents of new Mexico reflect on the toxic legacy of life at the center of the US nuclear complex by Samuel Gilbert/Al Jazeera Seventy years ago last August, a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay released its 4,000kg load over … Continue reading

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Post ’71 Health Survey

The Post ’71 Survey is a health survey highlighting the severe illnesses of uranium miners, millers and transporters who worked after 1971 and are suffering adverse effects from uranium exposure. People who worked in the uranium mines before 1971 qualify for federal … Continue reading

Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation By Journal Staff on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 Don’t let Strathmore Minerals Mine Uranium in N.M. By Candace Head-Dylla In a June 22 op-ed column published in the Journal, John DeJoia of Strathmore Minerals refers … Continue reading

Ionizing Radiation and Health

Red, blue and yellow light are low energy forms of radiation. Ionizing radiation, however, damages health because of its very high energy. In delicate living cells, ionizing radiation damages molecules by knocking electrons out of their atomic orbits. Usually–but not … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Jim Madrid Tells of Witnessing the Trinity Test

Jim Madrid was interviewed by Olivia Fermi, granddaughter of Enrico Fermi, on the 65th anniversary of the Trinity atomic bomb test. Both the picture and the interview are copyrighted by her, originally published at http://neutrontrail.com/2010/07/trinity-atomic-bomb-blast-a-first-hand-account/ I’m here now in Tularosa, New Mexico … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Geneal Anderson, Chairperson of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

You’d look to the west and there would be pink. Sometimes the sun was red. I remember that, but not knowing what was happening, not knowing about the testing going on in Nevada. I was a kid, born in 1952. … Continue reading