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Intel Briefing – December 2011


EPA takes next step to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products used in homes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step November 2 in the process to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products that do not adequately protect people, particularly young people, from exposure to toxic chemicals. The agency determined that safer rodent control products are now widely available, effective, and affordable. The products the EPA plans to remove from the consumer market are those that contain the most toxic and persistent active ingredients, products sold as loose bait and pellets and any remaining products without protective bait stations, which keep children, pets, and other animals from accessing the enclosed rodenticide bait.

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Study claims ‘significant’ number of cribs contain harmful chemicals.
A report released November 2 claims a significant portion of crib mattresses sold in the United States contain one or more potentially dangerous chemicals, despite previous efforts by manufacturers to reduce the number of harmful chemicals. The report by Clean and Healthy New York found 52 percent of mattress models surveyed were made with conventional materials, including toxic chemicals, and 20 percent of models were made without chemicals of concern but with potential allergens. Only 8 percent of models included in the report were made without any chemicals of concern or allergens.

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Oil boom leads to surging ER visits, STDs.
The explosive growth in the small towns surrounding the Bakken oil formation in North Dakota has led to a surge in accidents and patients, putting an incredible strain on local medical facilities. In Williston, North Dakota, Mercy Medical Center’s emergency room visits have increased 50 percent in the last 12 months. There are 30 percent more requests for medical services than it can accept. And along with longer waits for emergency care, doctor’s offices and health care clinics are so booked that people have to wait months for appointments. Even sexually-transmitted diseases have risen to a record high in the area.

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