California Governor Jerry Brown delighted the upbeat crowd at a reception celebrating COEH’s 35th anniversary on May 10, 2013. The special honor of the governor’s visit capped the highly successful Lela Morris COEH Symposium held at the Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.
Director John Balmes, MD, introduced Brown to guests, thanking the governor “for signing the legislation that started COEH.” Brown commanded full attention of the gathering, establishing rapport before turning on a more serious note to his personal account of the critical events in California and the nation that led to the formation of COEH in 1978, following the discovery of infertility in male pesticide workers exposed to dibromochloropropane, or DBCP. read more
An interim April 2013 investigation report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) cites the rupture of a corroded pipe as the primary cause of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond on August 6, 2012. But the CSB concluded that the catastrophe that enveloped 19 workers in an explosive vapor cloud, and caused over 15,000 area residents to seek medical care for symptoms related to exposure to the fire’s combustion products, was largely due to a management culture at Chevron that ignored preventive maintenance and safety problems. read more
Horse owners do not mind getting their hands dirty. Take grooming, for instance. Brushing the horse’s coat and spraying it with fly repellent are part of the routine. Sometimes, horse owners apply the pesticide by hand, first spraying it on their own skin before wiping it on the animal. Soon, however, we will know if caring for a horse has unintentional consequences thanks to research by Jacqueline Barkoski and her colleagues from UC Davis.
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