Environment http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6601/more en Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis http://ehstoday.com/environment/michigan-attorney-general-charges-five-officials-involuntary-manslaughter-flint-water-cr <div class="field-deck"> On Dec. 13, 2015, Robert Skidmore died of Legionnaire's disease. The state attorney general alleges his death could have been avoided had state and local officials alerted the public and taken action to stop the spread of the disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/michigan-attorney-general-charges-five-officials-involuntary-manslaughter-flint-water-cr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/michigan-attorney-general-charges-five-officials-involuntary-manslaughter-flint-water-cr#comments Emergency Management Environment Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000 55621 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Multiple Flint-area residents died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease in the time immediately following the switch from Detroit Water and Sewer Department to the Flint River. All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in relation to the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Mich. Skidmore died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease after many others had been diagnosed with the illness, yet no public outbreak notice had been issued.</p> Getty Images Modern Change Management: Planning for Environmental Compliance http://ehstoday.com/environment/modern-change-management-planning-environmental-compliance <div class="field-byline"> Becky Corbin, CHMM, CPEA </div> <div class="field-deck"> A comprehensive management of change process is critical to ensuring efficient and effective facility upgrades, expansions or process improvements. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Whether adding a new manufacturing line, evaluating product formulation changes or upgrading facility utilities or infrastructure, a defined process whereby all internal stakeholders participate is key to including all pertinent factors in the planning and decision-making process. One area that may be overlooked or brought into change management late in the game is environmental regulatory compliance. Environmental factors simply may not be on the radar screen of project management teams.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/modern-change-management-planning-environmental-compliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/modern-change-management-planning-environmental-compliance#comments EHS Today Magazine Environment Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:21:00 +0000 55511 at http://ehstoday.com 4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Workers in the United States spend more time in the office or on the job site than any other country, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.</p> <p>An average of 47 hours per week per employees leads to an increase in productivity, but the Economic Policy Institute says that incomes have failed to rise as productivity grows, leading to wage inequality and potential burnout if the work environment becomes too stressful.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery#comments Environment Galleries Tue, 16 May 2017 14:16:00 +0000 55071 at http://ehstoday.com Governors Urge President Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Agreement http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement <div class="field-deck"> The governors of 12 states urge the president to keep America’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following climate&nbsp;marches&nbsp;by hundreds of thousands of Americans over the weekend, 12&nbsp;U.S. governors are urging President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep&nbsp;the United States&rsquo;&nbsp;commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions&nbsp;26-28 percent below&nbsp;2005 levels&nbsp;by 2025.</p> <p>The governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House on May 3.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/governors-urge-president-trump-stay-paris-climate-agreement#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 03 May 2017 17:39:00 +0000 54791 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Under the Paris Agreement, all the world&rsquo;s major economies are taking action on climate change for the first time, including China and India, which have put forward their own commitments to cut their carbon pollution domestically.</p> Thinkstock Oil Prices, Predictions And the Problem With Predictions: Progress in EHS http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs <div class="field-byline"> Hannah Stewart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Capitalism dictates that supply is driven by demand and vice versa, meaning that the person who can predict what’s coming down the line has landed on an infinite gold mine. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lot of time and money is spent on trying to predict the future. There are organizations built around it, millions of dollars spent on it and alas &ndash; as those in the UK and United States experienced first-hand in the political landscape of 2016 &ndash; they don&rsquo;t always get it right (if I&rsquo;m going there, I might as well say they got it downright wrong.)</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/oil-prices-predictions-and-problem-predictions-progress-ehs#comments EPA Environment OSHA News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:00 +0000 54511 at http://ehstoday.com <p>How will fluctuations in the oil and gas industry around the world impact EHS?</p> American Ordnance Pays Former Workers after Violating Americans with Disabilities Act http://ehstoday.com/safety/american-ordnance-pays-former-workers-after-violating-americans-disabilities-act <div class="field-deck"> The Iowa munitions manufacturer will pay two former employees $50,000 after failing to accommodate them under the Americans with Disability Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Two security officers employed by American Ordnance left or were terminated as a result of their disabilities, according to an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCCP) audit.</p> <p>The OFCCP&rsquo;s Chicago District Office conducted an investigation after a complaint alleged the Iowa-based munitions manufacturer violated Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/american-ordnance-pays-former-workers-after-violating-americans-disabilities-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/american-ordnance-pays-former-workers-after-violating-americans-disabilities-act#comments Environment Safety Standards News Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:59:00 +0000 54041 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock The Federal Budget: What It Could Mean for Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment <div class="field-deck"> While the initial proposed budget is never the final budget, President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget has many in environment, health and safety worried. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls &ldquo;FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again&rdquo; &ndash; President Donald Trump&rsquo;s first budget &ndash; &ldquo;fairly compassionate.&rdquo; But with a number of federal programs aimed at the elderly, children, workers and the environment facing deep cuts or complete elimination, environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals and others are concerned, particularly when combined with several Executive Orders signed since Trump took office.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/federal-budget-what-it-could-mean-occupational-safety-health-and-environment#comments EPA Environment OSHA Health Safety Training Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:00 +0000 53571 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Will Cities Take Lead Role on Climate Change? http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change <div class="field-deck"> The National League of Cities vows to “preserve environmental goals that have directly improved the health, safety and welfare” of residents and communities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC) prepared to meet in Washington for their annual Congressional City Conference, NLC President Matt Zone, a city council member from Cleveland, Ohio, sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/will-cities-take-lead-role-climate-change#comments EPA Environment Health News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:10:00 +0000 53481 at http://ehstoday.com <p>National League of Cities President Matt Zone (left) sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p> National League of Cities EPA: A Change in the Climate http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/03/snowman.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 182px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />The climate has changed at EPA, and it&rsquo;s decidedly more chilly than it has been in the past. And that&rsquo;s true of most federal agencies.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m a journalist. My self-given title is editor-in-chief of the EHS Today brand. My company refers to me as a &ldquo;content director.&rdquo; But what I am, deep in my heart, is a journalist.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/epa-change-climate#comments EPA Environment EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:09:00 +0000 53451 at http://ehstoday.com The Cost of Pollution: 1.7 Million Children Dead Each Year http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year <div class="field-deck"> New Reports from the World Health Organization claims that one in every four deaths of children under age five are related to polluted environments. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Every year, environmental risks &ndash; such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene &ndash; take the lives of 1.7 million children under age 5, say two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/cost-pollution-17-million-children-dead-each-year#comments Environment Health News Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:23:00 +0000 53241 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Burmese children live in squalor in small huts without proper sanitation in the slum area of Hlaing Thaya Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese government spends only 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product on health, the lowest amount worldwide.</p> Paula Bronstein/Staff/Getty Images