June 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday released the Clean Power Plan proposal at the direction of President Barack Obama. The plan will, for the first time, cut carbon pollution from existing power plants in an effort to protect public health and fight climate change without ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US on Thursday became the first country to ratify the Minamata Convention, which seeks to bring down emissions and releases of mercury, prompting praise from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). There are currently 93 signatories to the convention, but the US is the only country to have ...[read more]
April 18, 2013
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday considered California's ban on psychotherapy practices intended to convert gay teenagers into straight teenagers. The three-judge panel heard arguments on whether the First Amendment right to free speech extends to the controversial ...[read more]
April 14, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On April 14, 2006, Judge Robert Collins of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release internal documents pertaining to the controversial Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR). The goal of the CAMR was to permanently cap and ...[read more]
January 20, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
More than 140 nations gathered in Geneva for a UN forum agreed on Saturday to a legally binding treaty addressing the use of mercury, a metal that is infamous for its detrimental effects on health and the environment. The treaty, named the Minamata Convention on Mercury for a city in Japan that ...[read more]
August 5, 2012
by Jerry Votava
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday denied a motion filed by Apple requesting that the court sanction Samsung Electronics, and declare an immediate victory in the patent infringement trial. Apple filed the motion with Koh, accusing Samsung of " ...[read more]
March 12, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 12, 2010, a panel of three special masters sitting in the US Court of Federal Claims rejected three compensation actions brought by families of autistic children claiming that their disease was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden thiomersal. This was the second of two cases, ...[read more]
December 6, 2011
by Sarah Posner
More than 20,000 children are subjected to harsh and unsafe conditions while working in Malian gold mines, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. Children reportedly carry heavy ore from the mining shafts and are exposed to mercury inhalation, which causes severe health problems. The gold ...[read more]
March 12, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 12, 2010, three special masters sitting in the US Court of Federal Claims rejected three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden ...[read more]

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