Clean Hands Report: Americans Get a B- on Hand Hygiene

U.S. citizens appear to be embracing hand hygiene more than in past years. But not all of us are cleaning our hands as often as we should – especially with the threat of the H1N1 flu virus.

U.S. Orders More Vaccine from Pharmaceutical Companies

MedImmune, Sanofi Pasteur get orders for 56 million more doses of the vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.

Vented Stoves Improve Women's Health in Mexico

The National Institute of Public Health study followed 500 households and found that families that used the Patsai stove experienced better lung function than those that did not.

Agency Joins WHO in Detailing Radon's Cancer Risk

Radon inhalation accounts for up to 14 percent of lung cancers worldwide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is joining the World Health Organization's first global call-to-action on cancer risk from radon in homes.

More PM2.5 Posed Risks to Taxi Drivers, Study Says

Researchers tested taxi drivers before, during, and after the 2008 Beijing Olympics for their heart rate variability in response to varying levels of particulate matter pollution.

Pesticide Label Changes Prompted by Salmon Protection

EPA said it will ask pesticide manufacturers to voluntarily include new information on product labels, including buffer zones, limits on application and fish mortality reporting requirements.

Illinois Professor Creating a Toxics Sensor for Chemists

Kenneth S. Suslick and colleagues have developed an optoelectronic nose for the detection of toxic industrial chemicals.

DOE Awards PNNL $6.8 M for Marine, River Power Studies

Researchers will look into how fish and marine mammals are affected by water power devices and whether this power production could create "dead zones."

Competitive Birding Venues Include Superfund Site, Landfills

Bird enthusiast suggests there is something wrong with identifying and counting birds on polluted landscapes.

'Safe Room' Offers Better Air Quality during Wildfires

A room air cleaner with a HEPA filter can provide a better environment for people who suffer from emphysema, allergies or asthma during fire season.

U.S., Illinois Want Power Co. to Install Pollution Control

Midwest Generation allegedly modified its coal-fired power plant in Illinois without installing and operating the required pollution control equipment.

Two Manufacturers Answer for No General Duty of Care

Two manufacturing companies will pay civil penalties and take corrective measures to settle Clean Air Act violations resulting from explosions at two plants in 2002 and 2003 in Louisville, Ky., and Pascagoula, Miss.

Scientists Use Zinc Powder Water to Make Nanorods

Researchers in Saudi Arabia say their process is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Washington OKs Spill Contingency Plans for 13 Oil Operators

The approved readiness plans are the first to fully satisfy Washington's new oil spill contingency rule updated in 2006.

NEMA Web Site Has Lamp Drop-off Recycling Information

Earth911.com has partnered with the association to provide more information to visitors of LampRecycle.org.

EPA Data Show U.S. Has 584 Coal Ash Impoundments

The agency shares data on coal ash sites, including ownership, location, hazard potential, and dates of last regulatory or company assessment.