The Pump Handle will be on vacation until January 2, [...]
The Pump Handle mourns the death of Lizzie Grossman. She was a contributor to The Pump Handle for more than six years. Lizzie's first dozen blog posts featured her reporting about the Deepwater Horizon clean-up.
Former coal executive Don Blankenship is appealing to President Trump to get to "the truth" about the Upper Big Branch disaster. He's holding tight to his alternative facts in lieu of bearing responsibility for the death of 29 coal miners.
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution last night urging Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy to warn the public about risk of asbestos exposure.
Yesterday, House Republicans failed to find enough votes to pass their Affordable Care Act replacement. It was a very good day for the millions of Americans projected to lose their coverage under the GOP plan. But let’s be clear: Obamacare is not safe.
While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from January 2016: : In the midst of another national debate over gun safety regulations, some argue that higher rates of gun ownership will protect people from dangerous strangers with deadly intentions. Physician and public health researcher Michael Siegel set out to study that argument. He ultimately found no relationship between gun ownership and stranger-related firearm homicides. But he did find that gun ownership levels translated into higher homicide risks for one group in particular — women.
EPA met its first major milestone under the new chemical safety law passed by Congress this past June. It announced its list for the first 10 chemicals for which it will prepare risk evaluations. Those evaluations could lead to restrictions on use or phase-outs of chemicals that presents an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment.
Remembering Steve Wing (1952-2016): an inspiration to students, community activists, and public health colleagues
Epidemiologist and environmental justice hero, Steve Wing, said public health was ultimately about changing the world for the better. He did.
Recent pieces address Congress's failure to address Zika (by a pregnant Miami reporter), political parties' different approaches to public health, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas, and more.
The transit authorities in Washington DC and Houston TX have different attitudes and approaches to address bus drivers' needs to use access toilets during their workshifts. If I was a bus driver, I'd want a program like Houston's.