General Interest - Environmental Health
Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, & biological factors external to a person, & all the related factors impacting behaviours. It encompasses the assessment & control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease & creating health-supportive environments.
Asthma & Air Pollution in PA
Please see this resource (PDF) including background information on this issue, strategies to address it, pertinent agencies, & additional resources.
Photo right: Breathe Cam - North Shore: Clear vs. Haze day
The Quick Environmental Exposure & Sensitivity Inventory (QEESI©) was developed as a screening questionnaire for multiple chemical intolerances (MCI). Learn more (PDF)»
Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance – An Emerging Theory of Disease?
By Dr. Claudia S. Miller, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 105, Supplement 2, March 1997. Read article»
Abdiciton / Addiction Connection
Sometimes in science, as in politics, connections arise that may at first glance appear to be strange bedfellows. That might be the natural first impression of a potential association between chemical intolerance & addiction. But although the conditions are manifested by behaviors that appear to be polar opposites--substance avoidance (or abdiction, as some are beginning to call it) by the chemically intolerant, & compulsive substance use by the addicted--there is evidence to suggest that, biologically, they may actually have much in common. Learn more»
Chemical Exposures: Low Levels & High Stakes, 2nd Edition
By Nicholas A. Ashford & Claudia S. Miller. View book»
There Will Be Gas
August 2, 2009 — Pittsburgh-Post Gazette
A look at Western Pennsylvania's other natural gas drilling booms (and busts) - by Joel A. Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History & Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Article
Testimonial before the U.S. House of Representatives
April 30, 2009
Testimonial by Dr. Volz to the U.S. House of Representatives on water resources & environment. Testimonial (PDF)
Women's Health & the Environment - New Science, New Solutions
September 25, 2008 — Pittsburgh Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Remarks of Conrad (Dan) Volz, DrPH, MPH, Air & Water Science Panelist, “Science that Bridges the False Divide Between Ecological & Human Health-Ecological & Human Health Risks from Coal Combustion Products.” Presentation (PDF) | Talk (PDF)
Portland, Oregon’s Planning Document for Declines in Oil & Gas Availability
March 2007 — Peak Oil Task Force. Planning document (PDF)
The Impacts on Water Quality from Placement of Coal Combustion Waste in PA Coal Mines
Introducing a Call for Common Sense: The Pennsylvania Minefill Report - by Earth Justice & Clean Air Task Force. Report (PDF) | YouTube video
Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook
The EPA is announcing the availability of a final report titled, 'Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook' (EPA/600/R-06/096F). It provides updated information on various physiological & behavioral factors used in assessing children's exposure to environmental contaminants. The document is available electronically through the NCEA website or you may access it directly here.
14th Annual Heinz Awards
October 21, 2008
The 14th Annual Heinz Awards has named Thomas FitzGerald, 53, founder & director of the Kentucky Resources Council its 2008 recipient in the Environment category. The Heinz Awards recipient receives a medallion inscribed with the image of Senator John Heinz on one side & a globe passing between two hands on the other. The medallion symbolizes the partnership, continuity & values carried on to the next generation. The hands also suggest passing on the stewardship of the earth to future generations. A $250,000 award for unrestricted use also goes to the recipient. The Heinz Awards are given by the Heinz Family Foundation. Learn more»
Chronic Illness Linked to Coal Mining Pollution
March 27, 2008
ScienceDaily — Pollution from coal mining may have a negative impact on public health in mining communities, according to data analyzed in a West Virginia University research study. Read more (PDF)»
Environmental Forum on Emerging Contaminants
January 24th, 2008
PA Department of Environmental Protection - A landscape perspective on antibiotic resistance, Brown & Wohl; The relationship between Channel Catfish Estrogenicity Index & the density of combined of combined & sanitary sewer overflows & metal contamination in Southwestern PA fish, Volz et al.