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CDC Cuts Lead-Poisoning Limit For Kids

The public health honchos agreed with an expert panel that recommended in January that anything greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood for kids 5 and younger should be considered dangerous. That's half the current standard and represents the first reduction since 1991.
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What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

The U.S. Navy is in the process of renewing its permits to conduct sonar and explosive tests off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. But the recent unexplained death of a young orca who washed ashore in February has thrown a wrench in the process. Experts say injuries to the whale may indicate she was exposed to an underwater explosion or sonar testing.
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Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short

Many residents of Dish, Texas, blame the fracking operations that surround their tiny town for a host of health problems — from nosebleeds to cancer. The former mayor was so scared, he left town. But scientists who've studied Dish say there's not enough evidence to link natural gas operations to any illness.
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Environmental Outlook: "The Ocean of Life" by Callum Roberts

For this month's Environmental Outlook: protecting the world's oceans. A noted marine conservationist on how people are harming the seas with overfishing, pollution and greenhouse gases, and what can be done.

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Potomac's Status As 'Most Threatened' River Resonates In Alexandria

A new ranking calling the Potomac the most threatened river in the United States could have implications for Alexandria's big plans for waterfront development.

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Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking

Is fracking making people sick? The question has ignited a national debate. A proposed study in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve the issue. By mining more than 10 years' worth of patient records, researchers hope to better understand the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on health.

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