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Fluoride: Oregon Foes File Petitions

By New York Times Published: October 11, 2012

Opponents of a plan to add fluoride to the water supply in Portland filed petitions that could put the issue to a vote. The plan was passed by the City Council last month, set to take effect in 2014, but foes said the idea was rushed and that concerns about fluoride in dental decay prevention are unresolved. A group collecting petitions, Clean Water […]

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The future of Hillsboro’s water and roads the topic of Tuesday meetings

by andrew Theen, the Oregonian HILLSBORO — Hillsboro’s roadways and water supply dominated conversation on Tuesday night as the City Council signed off on a plan for proposed roadways and heard an update from city Water Department officials about how to address future needs. The fifth-largest city in Oregon is expected to continue to grow, and expanding road capacity in the city’s north industrial area is a priority. As is addressing the city’s water supply. The Hillsboro Utilities […]

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Corrosive Waters Emerge as New Climate Threat

Sept. 30, 2012, The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News

(c) 2012, The Washington Post.

HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

“They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

This town in […]

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Study Confirms BPA Damages Reproductive Systems

September 26, 2012 Northwest Public Radio

RICHLAND, Wash. – Research in the Northwest is finding new evidence that a chemical used to harden plastics can damage female reproductive systems.

Researchers exposed pregnant monkeys to daily doses of bisphenol-A, also known as BPA. The chemical is found in plastics like water bottles and on cash register receipts.

Patricia Hunt is a geneticist at Washington State University. She says her study found BPA exposure caused two problems during pregnancy:

BPA […]

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Drinking Water in Several Oregon Schools Found To Be Contaminated with Multiple Pesticides

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 10, 2012. Traces of pesticides in drinking water were found in eleven rural elementary schools in Oregon, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released on August 30. The study shows a disturbing variety of pesticides that when combined could have dramatic impacts on the health of the children that consume this water on a daily basis. The study found traces of several different types of pesticides in the drinking water of Dixie and Fairplay, […]

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City of Portland’s fluoridation tussle boils over

By Steve Law The Portland Tribune

Portland City Council’s looming decision to fluoridate water from Bull Run Reservoir could prevent a lot of children from getting holes in their teeth.

But the speedy-quick decision is punching holes in Portland’s relations with Gresham and other communities that buy 40 percent of Portland’s Bull Run water supply.

“We really feel like we got blindsided on this issue,” says Mark Knudson, chief engineer for the Tualatin Valley Water District, the second-largest […]

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Study finds Pacific coastal water is caffeinated

Study finds Pacific coastal water is caffeinated

This coffee addiction of ours might be getting out of hand.

A study out of Portland State University found that water just off the coast of Oregon is slightly caffeinated — even though that’s not its natural state. Scientists think the water is contaminated with caffeine because of sewage seeping out to the ocean and septic runoff.

They’re calling it caffeine […]

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Poll: Water Quality Top Environmental Concern Of NW Residents

 

Poll: Water Quality Top Environmental Concern Of NW Residents

OPB | December 7, 2011 | Portland, OR

Residents of the Northwest consider water quality their top environmental concern, according to a new survey released today by EarthFix.

Results of the survey suggest residents of the region may want to focus more on their own role in polluting major waterways if they want them to be more pristine.

David Hibbitts & Midghall (DHM Research) of Portland conducted a […]

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Health concerns at Poland Springs bottling plant in Framingham

The Milford Daily News, June 12, 2011 FRAMINGHAM -Concerned about a 500 percent increase in water quality complaints, the state and town are monitoring Nestle’s Poland Spring bottling plant on Pennsylvania Avenue. State and town inspectors first visited the facility in April, looking for the cause of unpleasant taste, odor and sickness reported by some Poland Spring home and office delivery customers….. Stamford, Conn.-based Nestle Waters told officials they’ve noticed a sharp increase in complaints over the past year about […]

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Critics question source of LePage’s opposition to BPA restriction

By Steve Mistler, Sun Journal Posted Feb. 24, 2011, at 11:49 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — As Gov. Paul LePage continued to weather national fallout for recently saying women could develop “little beards” if exposed to bisphenol-A, or BPA, questions continue to mount about the motives behind the governor’s proposal to reverse a ban on the substance.

Questions also hover over the administration’s Wednesdaydismissal of Dr. Dora Anne Mills, the medical director of MaineCare and formerly the head of […]

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