|Nitrates in mom's drinking water linked to birth defects in kids|
Environmental Health News - 6/27/2013. Babies whose mothers consume nitrates in drinking water have a higher risk of spina bifida, cleft palate and other birth defects, according to a large study of children in Texas and Iowa. Used as fertilizers on crops, nitrates are one of the most widespread chemical contaminants in aquifers around the world.
|EPA defends chemical testing of low-dose hormone effects|
Environmental Health News - 6/27/2013. By Brian Bienkowski - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that current testing of hormone-altering chemicals is adequate for detecting low-dose effects that may jeopardize health. This comes in response to a report written last year by 12 scientists who criticized the government’s decades-old strategy for testing the safety of many chemicals found in the environment and consumer products.