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800 Scientists and Professors Fight Back Against Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli

Beth Adelson, May 19, 2010

GAP coalition partner Union of Concerned Scientists has released a letter signed by 800 scientists and professors in Virginia that urges Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to drop his inquiry into publicly funded work by a climate scientist formerly employed by the University of Virginia.

Climate Scientists Begin to Fight Back

, May 07, 2010

It looks like scientists are pushing back against global warming denialists who have hijacked the debate over climate change.

Disturbing BP Oil Spill Details Just Keep on Coming

, May 03, 2010

Even though we thought it was impossible to top the barrage of troubling news that emerged last week about the oil spill (still going on!) that followed the explosion, fire and sinking of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon, even more disturbing information has come out since our last blog on the topic.

Worker Exposed to Mustard Agent at Umatilla

Dylan Blaylock, March 23, 2010

Late last week, a worker at the Umatilla Chemical Depot was apparently exposed to mustard agent, causing a blister. It is believed to be the first time that a worker at the plant, against which GAP has been involved in numerous lawsuits, has been exposed to the dangerous chemical agent.

Common Chemical Changes Sex in Frogs

Dylan Blaylock, March 02, 2010

In the past few years, many investigative reports have focused on the steady decline of water quality from agricultural runoff. One particular exceptional piece on this topic is Frontline’s Poisoned Waters piece from last year.

Massive Polluting in Waterways Not Illegal

Dylan Blaylock, March 01, 2010

This front page piece from the NYT details how recent decisions by the Supreme Court have severely damaged efforts to hold corporations accountable for dumping toxic chemicals and other serious pollutants into America’s waterways.

Vermont Nuclear Whistleblower Vindicated by NRC

, February 23, 2010

Over the weekend, an anonymous whistleblower told a member of the Vermont Public Oversight Panel that a recent leak of radioactive chemicals from a nuclear power plant in that state is not the first it has experienced.

Obama’s Push For Nuclear Energy Presents Several Problems

, February 17, 2010

President Obama announced an $8.33 billion federal loan for construction of a nuclear reactor in Georgia yesterday.

Concerns Over New Calls for Nuclear Power

, February 01, 2010

President Obama and his administration are trying to win over Republicans and moderate Democrats on climate and energy legislation by signaling his support for nuclear energy plant production. However, the support for nuclear reactors has angered many liberals and environmentalists, who do not believe nuclear energy, in its current form, is safe.

Burning of Dangerous Mustard Agent Continues

Dylan Blaylock, June 17, 2009

On Friday, June 12, GAP argued in court against the burning of mustard agent at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. The burning could elevate the risk of cancer in humans, especially children and adolescents whose immune systems are more vulnerable to dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately, the issue was not resolved and the burning will continue until the hearing resumes.

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