Toxic

A man pushes shopping carts outside of a Walmart store. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste In California

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to charges the company dumped hazardous waste in California.

05/28/2013

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ConsumerWatch: Health Expert Warns Of Toxic Chemical In California Baby Products

Many parents who wouldn’t dream of exposing their babies to toxic chemicals may inadvertently be doing just that by purchasing nursing pillows and car seats that conform to California’s current flammability standard, according to Arlene Blum.

04/26/2013

Garbage Truck. (CBS)

Central California Waste Dump Fined $300K Over 72 Unreported Spills

State toxic substances regulators have fined a large hazardous waste dump in Central California more than $300,000 for failing to report 72 small spills over a four-year period.

03/27/2013

A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Toxic Vapors Seeping Up From Underneath Google Buildings

One of Silicon Valley’s dirty secrets is coming back to haunt Google with toxic vapors.

02/22/2013

Mushrooms

Woman Survives Eating 6 ‘Death Cap’ Mushrooms In Santa Cruz

A woman who ate six “death cap” mushrooms is lucky to be alive and talking about it. But, don’t chalk it up to luck. Instead, chalk it up to the Santa Cruz hospital where she was treated – and one of the doctors who practices there.

01/04/2013

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SF Nail Salons Recognized For Switching To Non-Toxic Products

A campaign to discourage San Francisco nail salons from exposing customers and employees to the toxic chemicals common in many nail polishes and nail polish removers has started to yield some success, city officials said Wednesday.

12/13/2012

Toys identified in the annual "Trouble in Toyland" CALPIRG study (CBS)

Survey Finds Many Dangerous Toys On Annual List

The annual holiday toy risk report compiled by the California Public Interest Research Group suggests that a number of potentially dangerous and toxic toys are available this year on store shelves.

11/20/2012

Smoke rises from the scene or a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (rhabarak/CBS)

Air Quality Deemed Safe After Richmond Refinery Fire

The air quality in western Contra Costa County was determined safe after test results for 23 petroleum-related pollutants were analyzed Tuesday after a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

08/08/2012

Purses tested by the Center for Environmental Health (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Lead Still Turning Up In Purses, Wallets

Two years after nearly 200 manufacturers and sellers of women’s accessories agreed to strict limits on the the amount of lead in their products, items with the toxic metal are still turning up on store shelves.

06/21/2012

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California Study Finds Toxins In ‘Nontoxic’ Nail Polishes

Some nail polishes commonly found in California salons and advertised as free of a so-called “toxic trio” of chemicals actually have high levels of agents linked to birth defects, according to state chemical regulators.

04/10/2012

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