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Drone testing finds some elevated pollutants at Army plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Researchers who flew a drone over the open burning of hazardous waste at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia found arsenic, lead and other pollutants at higher-than-expected levels, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press. Several government agencies collaborated on the testing last year at the Radford Army Read more…

Marc Edwards receives inaugural award from MIT

Marc Edwards, a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, is the recipient of the inaugural Disobedience Award from the MIT Media Lab, along with Mona Hanna-Attisha, Hurley Medical Center’s pediatric residency program director, for their “effective, responsible, ethical disobedience across disciplines” regarding their work on exposing widespread lead-in-water contamination in Flint, Michigan. The $250,000 award was presented July Read more…

Researchers study indoor environment and health

When we consider how indoor environments influence our health, we often think first of how those environments change our lifestyle, encouraging us to be more sedentary or less social. But there’s another way our time indoors affects our biology: by determining what substances we come in contact with. In a paper published in the journal Environmental Read more…