3 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of enforcement actions to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour by Administrator Michael Regan last fall. The agency will conduct unannounced inspections of chemical plants, refineries and other industrial sites suspected of polluting air and water and causing health problems to nearby residents, Regan said. And it will install air monitoring equipment in Louisiana's “chemical corridor” to enhance enforcement at chemical and plastics plants between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The region contains several hotspots where cancer risks are far above national levels. The EPA also issued a notice to the city of Jackson, Mississippi, saying its aging and overwhelmed drinking water system violates the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The order directs the city to … [Read more...] about EPA acts on environmental justice in 3 Gulf Coast states
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To the uninitiated, the neti pot may seem like yet another wellness trend. After all, the teapot-like vessel was popularized in the United States by the celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, who called it a “ nose bidet ” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and has been criticized for promoting unproven supplements and health products . Rinsing warm saltwater through your nose — in one nostril and out the other — as an antidote for a variety of woes like sinus inflammation, congestion and allergies may seem strange and possibly scary; especially if you’ve heard about its links to rare but deadly brain-eating amoeba infections . But according to ear, nose and throat doctors, nasal rinsing, which traces back thousands of years to the Ayurvedic medical traditions of India, is an unusual example of a practice that is at once ancient, trendy and evidence-based. And, it’s safe and inexpensive to boot. It has a “very, very high level of evidence, randomized controlled trial evidence, that … [Read more...] about Do Neti Pots Really Work?
Photo: Eein Schaff/POOL/AFP via Getty Images In a rare presidential press conference last week, one subject was posed repeatedly to Joe Biden: inflation. “How long,” The Wall Street Journal ’s Ken Thomas asked, “should Americans expect to face higher prices when they’re at the grocery store? At the gas pump?” After talking through the ways his administration hopes to break through supply-chain bottlenecks for goods like semiconductors, Biden got to energy prices. “That gets a little more complicated,” he said. He noted the Department of Energy’s November announcement that it would release 50 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve onto the market, but he went on to emphasize that controlling inflation ultimately isn’t the responsibility of the president or Congress. “The critical job of making sure that the elevated prices don’t become entrenched rests with the Federal Reserve,” he said, through raising the federal funds rate. Although hegemonic, Biden’s … [Read more...] about To Fight Climate Change, Bring Back State Planning