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EPA To Review Health Risk From Popular Weed Killer

October 18, 2008  ·  By HM&M


The Environmental Protection Agency said recently it is “re-evaluating the health effects of a popular weed killer that has been found in drinking water supplies,” to determine if further restrictions are needed to combat health concerns (Dina Cappiello, AP for Find Law, 10/7). Atrazine, a herbicide commonly used on corn and other crops has been linked to causing “low birth weights, birth defects, and reproductive problems,” even at low levels.

Research has shown that “runoff after rain storms can wash the chemical into streams and rivers, where it can enter drinking water supplies.” As a products liability attorney in Chicago, I am concerned about the potential reproductive risks associated with consumption of even very low levels of Atrazine and am hopeful that the EPA will act swiftly to minimize any potential health hazards.

October 18, 2008

Ill.Consumer Advisory: Five Million Unrepaired Fords, Lincolns & Mercurys Pose Serious Fire Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging owners of certain Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a corrective repair. According to a NHTSA press release, these vehicles contain a defective cruise control switch that could lead to a fire at... Read More

October 18, 2008

City of Chicago Has Laws In Place To Make Winters Easier On Handicapped

Snowy sidewalks make city life difficult for the Chicago's handicapped population. Unfortunately there are no Chicago laws that require owners of private property to remove snow from private walks and drives however, under the Chicago City Code, landlords are required to keep emergency exits accessible. Clearing snow and ice from building doors and steps fall... Read More

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