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On March 20, 1991, the Supreme Court decided the case of United Auto Workers v. Johnson Controls. In this case, the Court, unanimously but with factions, held that private sector policies banning women’s work with potentially hazardous materials was a discriminatory act. This upheld the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and was an important moment […]

Historicizing Flint

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On February 6, 2016

If you are looking for some good long reads this Saturday, check out this forum on placing the Flint water crisis in historical context, featuring some of our leading environmental historians, as well

Lead in Baltimore

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On February 2, 2016

Flint is not the only American city where governmental failures and mendacity have exposed people to lead. Baltimore has certified houses as lead-free that are not in fact so. When people in Baltimore

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Republican Public Health Policy

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On August 18, 2015
I’d like to remind the voters (non-voters really) of Maryland of what a good job they did last year by electing Larry Hogan governor. Because Alabama or Maryland, there’s no real difference among Republicans on issues like public health. Everywhere, they like to blame public health problems on the poor. Take Hogan’s Secretary of Housing, […]

Lead and Fracking

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On August 20, 2013

Industry fought against all evidence that lead exposure hurt people since at least 1767. Robin Russell-Jones rightfully compares that to the battle against fracking today, with industry saying that th

Battery Recycling

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On May 31, 2013
As I’ve said before, the recycling business can be pretty nasty. We say something is “recycled,” which really means “I think I did something good and now I don’t have to pay attention to my role in the consumer chain.” But the reality is that once we put stuff in those nice green bins that […]

Lead

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On April 22, 2013

Dylan Matthews’ list of ways to reduce violence without gun control starts with one that cannot be stated strongly enough. The decline of lead exposure over the past decades is probably the sing

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