Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight

February 21, 2013

Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight

Superfund enforcement, air pollution monitoring and oversight of oil spills are all under threat from the severe budget cuts known as the sequester, which is scheduled to take effect in just over a week if the federal government does not act to avoid it.

The sequester was signed into law in 2011 as part of a raft of measures that ended that year’s crisis surrounding whether or not to raise the country’s debt ceiling. According to multiple news sources, the President and congressional republicans have thus far made little progress towards an agreement to head off the $85 billion in budget cuts that would automatically come into effect on March 1. Continue reading “Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight”

Air Pollution Linked to Attention Problems And Anxiety in Children

Last week, new research was posted online linking a type of air pollution to behavioral problems in children.

The study, from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, followed inner city children exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), a type of pollution resulting from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like diesel, gas, and coal.

Researchers measured exposure to this air pollutant while the children were still in their mother’s wombs, using two strategies: personal air monitors worn by the pregnant moms-to-be, as well as the presence of biological markers in umbilical cord blood measured after the babies were born. Continue reading “Air Pollution Linked to Attention Problems And Anxiety in Children”