Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Guiao maximized his bench, getting eight players in twin digits, and the Road Warriors will use this contest to fine-tune their game as they prepare to slug it out with the powerhouses in the league.“It was exactly what we expected, a hard game for us,” Guiao told reporters. “We will take this win how hard it came,” he went on. “We’re trying to build chemistry and we need to improve on a lot of things.”The 6-foot Ravena, a former college star with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, played just under 30 minutes and hit all five of his two-point attempts and 7-for-10 overall. His pro debut completely overshadowed that of his dad’s, former San Miguel Beer swingman Bong, who had just two points against Pepsi.Bong eventually went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1992 over Vergel Meneses.SCORESNLEX 119 — KIA 115ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX trailed big at the start as the Picanto played with so much purpose after being maligned for all of the offseason with questionable manpower movement, and the Road Warriors needed a critical four-point play from the veteran Larry Fonacier with 66 seconds left to gut out the win.Magnolia got 30 points from Paul Lee in the nightcap, with a 108-95 victory over Alaska putting the Hotshots in the company of the Road Warriors and three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer as opening match winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter having just five full practices with the squad in his return from an MCL injury, Lee hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts, making all but two of eight triple tries, in leading the undermanned Magnolia crew.Calvin Abueva had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Alaska. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In search of a franchise player ever since taking over and overhauling the NLEX Road Warriors at the start of last season, coach Yeng Guiao has now found one in Kiefer Ravena.Coming up three rebounds short of a triple double, Ravena’s 18 points and 12 assists helped the Road Warriors pull out a 119-115 decision of KIA Picanto as NLEX—although in quite a rocky manner—got its Philippine Cup bid off on the right foot Wednesday night at San Juan Arena.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX 119—Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.KIA PICANTO 115—Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.Quarters: 36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115MAGNOLIA 108 — ALASKA 95MAGNOLIA 108—Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.ALASKA 95—Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.Quarters: 21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eala yields Jr Orange Bowl crown to top-ranked Czech foelast_img read more

Unrestricted access to oil rigs necessary – EPA Chief

first_img– says unannounced visits by regulators should not be preventedThe need for regulators to be able to make unexpected visits to operations of oil and gas operators was emphasised by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director, Dr Vincent Adams.EPA Director, Dr Vincent AdamsAdams made this pronouncement on Monday during a seminar for capacity building in the oil sector. He acknowledged that they do not have the requisite local standards in place yet to really monitor operators.However, Adams noted that what they have done is adopt international standards for environmental protection. One such standard is unfettered access to oil rigs and other vessels, which Adams noted is important for oversight of the sector.“There should be no prevention or stiff arming of Government employees or people who provide oversight and go on that rig, at any time. Of course, it’s our responsibility when we go, not to interfere or interrupt the work. But we should not be prevented from visiting the site at any time, including unannounced visits”.While this is the optimal situation, Guyana’s model Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) included a seven-day notice before regulators could visit operations. This PSA model is currently under review.The Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel that recently arrived in Guyana’s watersAccording to the EPA Director, it is important to guard against complacency in these types of environments. In fact, Adams noted that on site, Government representatives are even more effective when it comes monitoring oil companies, their environment, health and safety practices and compliance with the law.“Environment, health and safety is something (intangible). That’s why we take it for granted. We tend to get complacent. We measure it by, oh nothing has happened over the past year. So we go, we celebrate. A million hours have passed without any incident. Every day you come to work, tell yourself something could happen”.“In my experience, we have always found that our members on site found 90 per cent of the precursors. A lot of time, we only realise that there is an issue or we judge our system when something happens. We should be judging our systems based on the things we find before something happens. When something happens, it’s too late”.Adams further noted that the National Oil Spill Plan is still being developed in a multiagency collaboration led by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). The oil spill prevention strategy has been in development for some time. Previously, Government had promised it would be completed by mid-year.Guyana’s last taste of an environmental disaster was a cyanide spill in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Since Exxon announced its oil find in the Liza-1 well in 2015, a pertinent question has been the capacity of the relevant agencies to protect the environment in case of an oil spill. It is a topic that has regularly been raised at public lectures.Previously, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara— Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services. The service was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future.A study by the EPA had found that while an oil spill was possible, factors such as the location of ExxonMobil affiliates’ operations, combined with the region’s water temperature, would minimise the effects.On the side of the Government, it is understood that efforts have been underway to train and build capacity in the Natural Resources Ministry. When it comes to the oil spill contingency plan, a workshop was organised in March of this year to work on the draft. CDC Head Colonel Kester Craig was recently quoted saying that the long overdue plan was almost complete.last_img read more

More news leaves Americans no better informed

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ knowledge of national and international affairs has changed little in two decades despite the emergence of 24-hour cable news and the Internet as major news sources. People surveyed in February were slightly less able than those polled in 1989 to name the vice president, their state’s governor and the president of Russia but slightly more able to answer other questions correctly about national politics, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Of the 1,502 adults survey in February, 69 percent correctly answered Dick Cheney when asked who was the vice president, compared with 74 percent who correctly responded Dan Quayle when the same question was asked in 1989. Two-thirds correctly named their state’s governor in February compared with three-fourths who got that right in 1989. However, nearly half — 49 percent — correctly answered that Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House now, compared with 14 percent who in 1989 correctly named Tom Foley as speaker. Three-fourths — 76 percent — knew that Democrats control the House compared with 68 percent who answered that correctly in 1989. In the latest survey, 93 percent correctly identified Arnold Schwarzenegger either as California’s governor or an actor and Hillary Clinton either as a senator, presidential candidate or former first lady. Nearly two-thirds, 65 percent, correctly identified Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, 62 percent identified Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and 61 percent identified Sen. Barack Obama correctly. Only 15 percent correctly identified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Nearly nine in 10 — 88 percent — were aware of President Bush’s plan to increase troop levels in Iraq, and a third knew that the new minimum wage proposed in Congress would be $7.25 an hour. The most knowledgeable — the 34 percent of those surveyed who could answer 15 or more of 23 questions correctly — were four times more likely to say they enjoyed keeping up with the news “a lot” than those who answered nine or less questions correctly. More than half of those in the most knowledgeable category listed as news sources cable TV shows such as the “Daily Show,” the “Colbert Report” and the “O’Reilly Factor,” major newspaper Web sites, the “PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and National Public Radio. More than 40 percent of the most knowledgeable group said they regularly get information from news magazines, local daily newspapers, CNN and Web sites Google and Yahoo along with and TV news sites on the Internet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wypych Of Men’s Soccer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgWypych scored a golden goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime session to lift the Drake men’s soccer team past CSU Bakersfield, 1-0, Sunday, Aug. 28. Wypych’s header came from five yards out off a cross from freshman Antonio Sanchez that provided the game winner and gave the Bulldogs their first win of the season. Wypych was selected to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and All-MVC First Team in 2015. This is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award for Wypych, who owns a 3.57 grade point average in international relations. To qualify for MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Wypych was honored with Missouri State volleyball student-athlete Lily Johnson. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.center_img ST. LOUIS – Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, presented by Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday, Aug. 30.  Wypych was honored for his performance during the period of August 22-28. Drake plays at Omaha Friday at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE HERE TO STAY! MALIN HEAD DOLPHINS PUT ON ANOTHER DISPLAY

first_imgMALIN Head’s dolphin pod has been there for at least FOUR WEEKS and look as if they are there to stay.They have been more active in recent days – sparking a rush to the coast by locals and visitors.But some locals say the dolphins look as if they are there to stay. “I first saw them about four weeks ago,” said John Doherty.“They’ve been more lively in the past few days right enough. Looks like they’ll be around for the rest of the summer.” LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE HERE TO STAY! MALIN HEAD DOLPHINS PUT ON ANOTHER DISPLAY was last modified: June 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dolphinsMalin Headlast_img read more

Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known figures in knitting will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide tonight in celebration of National Women in Enterprise Day.Knitwear Designer Edel MacBride, who is based in Stranorlar, will be stitching together the story of her business for tonight’s show.Over the past 30 years, Edel has brought a love of textile, craft and cultural tradition to her fashion collections. She is passionate about wool, especially local and Irish spun products but her pieces have a modern appeal and are collected internationally.Tonight’s Nationwide will look at some of Edel’s creations, which are crafted to the highest quality, as well as looking at her business story, which will no doubt be full of interesting yarns and twists.Tune into Nationwide on RTE One at 7pm to see the programme.Donegal knitwear designer to feature on Nationwide business special was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Edel MacBrideNational Women in Enterprise DayNationwidelast_img read more

Science Can Be Wrong for Decades, Centuries

first_img The reason for sex:  Were you taught in school that the purpose of sexual reproduction is to promote genetic diversity?  Incorrect, says Henry Heng, Ph.D., associate professor at Wayne State University, according to an article in Science Daily.  It’s for maintaining the genome and a species’ identity.  With colleague Root Gorelick, Heng argued in the journal Evolution that previous scientists were dead wrong—for over a century.  “For nearly 130 years, traditional perceptions hold that asexual reproduction generates clone-like offspring and sexual reproduction leads to more diverse offspring,“ the article said, quoting Heng responding, “In reality, however, the relationship is quite the opposite.” Plate tectonics:  How long has plate tectonics been around?  Since the 1960s at least.  Now, PhysOrg is announcing, “New force driving Earth’s tectonic plates discovered.”  California scientists are proposing that a moving mantle plume drove the Indian plate into the Himalayas.  It is doubtful this new model, though, will resolve “long-standing debates about how powerful geological forces shape the planet.” Racked up about antlers:  How long have hunters prized the racks on their deer?  “Emerging from the heads of most cud-chewing mammals, headgear inspire an almost mystical and certainly majestic aura,” an article on PhysOrg began.  “But, scientists say, we know shockingly little about them.”  Consider the variety of headgear on mammals: longhorn cattle, giraffes, bighorn sheep, moose, reindeer, caribou, pronghorns, mountain goats.  The accessibility of these mammals to science would lead one to think they are well understood, but the article includes videos of Edgar Byrd Davis admitting, “This is one of those things where you’d think we’d know more, but we don’t.”  Newt for precedent:  For 250 years, scientists believed there was a limit to how many times an amphibian could regenerate tissues, such as limbs and eyes.  This week, PhysOrg posted a press release with the headline, “Overturning 250 years of scientific theory: Age, repeated injury do not affect newt regeneration.”  Sure enough, “Scientists have been wrong for 250 years about a fundamental aspect of tissue regeneration, according to a University of Dayton biologist who says his recent discovery is good news for humans.”  Dr. Panagiotis Tsonis decided to test the old belief with experiments.  He found that even after 18 times, a newt’s regenerated eye lens was just as good as the first.   “His findings overturn long-accepted theories proposed by regeneration scientists that age and repeated amputation negatively affect regeneration.”  New Scientist also wrote about this scientific upset. Nuclear winter:  In 1983, Carl Sagan and other scientists proclaimed, with the authority of science, that a nuclear war would cast the planet into decades of darkness and cold.  Sagan scared government officials with the prospect of “the extinction of Homo sapiens”.  This week, Russell Seitz in a letter to Nature claimed, “Nuclear winter was and is debatable.”  He quoted skeptical scientists at the time who “regarded this apocalyptic prediction as an exercise in mythology.”  One from MIT said, “Nuclear winter is the worst example of the misrepresentation of science to the public in my memory.”  The skeptics, though, were outshouted by a media sympathetic to Sagan.  Dramatic visualizations on TV of the last humans freezing to death in the dark clinched the story. Pi throwing contest:  What could be more sacred in science than pi, that famous constant we memorized as 3.1416?  Believe it or not, some mathematians want to toss it.  They want two pi, claiming that a new constant named tau, equal to 6.28, would be more useful.  Read about it on PhysOrg, “Math wars: Debate sparks anti-pi day.”  It is true that 2 pi shows up in many equations.  Pi day (March 14) would be replaced by Tau Day (June 28) if US mathematicians Bob Palais and Michael Hartl get their way.  A critic feels this is not a question of error,  just preference: “It’s not a question of right or wrong, but a matter of opinion,” said Patrick Speissegger from McMaster University in Canada. “Philosophically speaking, changing the constant from pi to tau makes no difference.”  The dispute does show, however, that some concepts we assume are out there in the world may actually be in our heads. Health myths:  Arguably, scientists are not to blame for old wives’ tales, unless they promoted them.  Medical Xpress announced, “New book by Indiana University physicians slays health myths we all thought were true.”  Scientists can’t make a clean escape, though.  “The authors admit that even they believed some myths prior to investigating the science, or lack of science, behind them.”  Myths debunked by pediatricians Aaron Carroll  and Rachel Vreeman include: (1) that vitamin C mitigates cold symptoms (advocated by Nobel laureate Linus Pauling), (2) that stretching before running is a good idea, (3) that hydrogen peroxide is a good disinfectant for wounds, (4) that air dryers clean your hands better than paper towels, (5) that eggs are bad for your heart because of high cholesterol, (6) that uncovering a wound at night helps it heal, and others.  (The tale that chicken soup helps you feel better when you have a cold, though, escaped the debunking tests, showing that myths can have a scientific basis).  Readers may want to investigate which myths had been promoted by scientists in the name of science.  Debunking a debunker:  This episode might be called Morton’s Revenge.  The late Stephen Jay Gould, in his 1981 book The Mismeasure of Man, made a big deal out of alleged data fudging by 19th century physician Samuel Morton, claiming that his cranial measurements were unconsciously biased to support Victorian values.  In a Nature editorial last month, the editors discussed a new re-evaluation of both scientists’ claims that gives the edge to the debunked rather than the debunker.  While they may agree with Gould’s politically-correct conclusions, the editors could not endorse his methods.  “At a minimum, Gould’s staunch opposition to racism, and desire to make an example of Morton, may have biased his interpretation of Morton’s data, opening Gould to charges of hypocrisy.”  Let the debunker beware.  The editors shook their heads; “it is remarkable that it has taken more than 30 years for a research group to check Gould’s claims thoroughly.” Many today still remember the catchy phrase nuclear winter and assume it has a scientific basis, but Seitz says, “This potential climate disaster, popularized in Science in 1983, rested on the output of a one-dimensional model that was later shown to overestimate the smoke a nuclear holocaust might engender.  More refined estimates, combined with advanced three-dimensional models… have dramatically reduced the extent and severity of the projected cooling”  – so much so, that the worst-case scenario has fallen “to numbers so unseasonably small as to call the very term ‘nuclear winter’ into question.”  This doesn’t mean, of course, that a nuclear bomb wouldn’t ruin your whole day, but it might do in Homo sapiens with fire, not ice. The history of science shows some wrong theories being accepted by leading scholars for long periods of time.  Ptolemaic astronomy, unquestioned for over 1200 years, is a prime example.  Not all examples are old, though.  In modern times as well, scientists are finding that theories unquestioned for decades, even centuries, were wrong.  That being so, what confidence can we have that today’s scientific beliefs will stand the test of time for the next decade or century?  A recent spate of science articles shows some long-held theories being questioned – others being tossed overboard. Many questions about these fastest-growing bones come to mind: their nature, their development, their evolutionary origins.  It isn’t for lack of trying.  “Among assumptions only recently overturned was the idea that pronghorn antelope were related to antler-wearing deer or horned cattle, goats and sheep,”  the article pointed out.  Davis took science’s claims to knowledge further into left field, saying, “Scientists get a lot of press coverage for dark matter or the Higgs boson because they are among deep mysteries that we are still unlocking. A lot of people assume that most of biology is understood, yet something as fundamental as the age-old question ‘how did the cow get its horns?’ is still not well understood.” Scientists are only human.  They cannot know everything.  Writing a scientific paper requires a literature search; it is tempting to cite a previous paper as authoritative.  After all, who has the time to independently check every detail?  This is one way that wrong ideas can be perpetuated by the scientific community.  Wrong ideas are especially dangerous when they match the political, philosophical or cultural prejudices of those involved (e.g., Freud, 10/15/2009).  As shown here, it may take centuries for someone to check out an idea and find it false.  What could be next? See also 03/17/2006, “Can Scientific Journals Perpetuate False Ideas?” and 01/09/2006, “Peer Review: Can You Trust a Scientific Journal?” and 06/23/2011, “Wrong Again: Planetologists Embarrassed.” Speaking of citing prior works uncritically and perpetuating wrong ideas, our research in these papers has frequently shown evolutionists citing Darwin’s Origin as reference #1 in their papers.  Don’t respect science because it is published in a peer-reviewed journal; respect evidence.  Don’t respect scientists merely because they are scientists; respect evidence.  Don’t follow paradigms; follow evidence.  And don’t follow your perceptions of what constitutes evidence.  Follow evidence that is evidence indeed.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pioneer Field Report: Stay the course

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood catches up with Pioneer Field Agronomist John Schoenhals to discuss what has been on everybody’s minds – delayed planting concerns. Stay the course is his advice to Ohio farmers at this point. Though we’re behind schedule, Schoenhals says there’s economic reasoning to not changing up the plan, which he details in the discussion below. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/190506_JohnSchoenhals_PioneerFieldReport_FullIntv.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Best Construction Details for Deep-Energy Retrofits

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. A collection of experts working on deep-energy retrofits recently attended a brainstorming session to share design tips and propose topics for further research.The conference, formally titled the “Expert Meeting for Details for Deep Energy Retrofits,” was held in Boston on March 12. The meeting was funded by the Department of Energy’s Building America program and hosted by the Building Science Corporation.Several experts — including two principals of the Building Science Corporation, John Straube and Joe Lstiburek — gave presentations. Straube discussed retrofit options for walls; Lstiburek covered roofs; and their colleague Kohta Ueno discussed basements. Paul Eldrenkamp, a remodeler from Newton, Mass., shared his experience with several deep-energy retrofit projects, while energy consultant Marc Rosenbaum shared questions designed to stimulate new approaches to reducing residential energy use.I’ve mined the published report of the proceedings for the following tips and pithy quotes.If you’re adding rigid foam to your wall, put it on the exteriorDr. Straube noted the advantages of exterior over interior wall foam. Thick walls without exterior foam usually have cold OSB sheathing. That’s bad: cold OSB is a potential condensing surface — and damp OSB can rot fast. (By encouraging drying, a ventilated air gap between the OSB and the siding can go a long ways toward reducing the risks associated with cold OSB. But adding exterior foam is the best way to eliminate the risk of condensation.)Among Dr. Straube’s points:After his presentation, Straube answered questions.Q: “Can a Larsen truss exterior wall assembly filled with cellulose insulation be used to provide significant insulation to the exterior of a structure?”Straube’s response: “With a Larsen truss, cellulose, and sheathing on the outside, the sheathing is actually colder than ambient air because of radiation transfer.” (Straube was referring to nighttime radiation transfer,… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

EPA Ordered to Speed Up New Lead Rule

first_imgA federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up the development of new rules on lead found in paint and dust in light of an “obvious need” to protect the health of children. The decision by the Ninth District Court of Appeals in San Francisco instructs the EPA to develop a new rule on lead within 90 days and put it into effect within one year. The Trump Administration had wanted six years to revise a lead standard that is now 17 years old and now widely seen as inadequate, The New York Times reported.The EPA published its hazard standards for lead in 2001, but by 2009 health advocacy groups had petitioned the government to rewrite the rules so children were better protected. In 2011, the EPA, then under the Obama administration, admitted the rules weren’t stringent enough, but the agency never got around to revising them.Scott Pruitt, the current EPA administrator, has made it a priority to revoke a number of environmental rules he believes are burdensome to business. But the court has now decided that governmental foot-dragging on lead has gone on long enough, particularly in light of numerous warnings that current exposure limits are not doing enough to protect the health of children. RELATED ARTICLES Managing Lead Paint HazardsLead-Based Paint and Green RemodelingEPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead Paint Rule “Since January of 2001, scientific research has further advanced our understanding of the dangerousness of lead,” the court wrote in its 2-1 decision, “yet the EPA’s standards have not changed.”Eight health and environmental organizations had collectively asked the court to compel the EPA to publish a new final rule within six months. “EPA does not provide an alternative timeline, other than its vague intention to issue a proposed rule in four years, and a final rule in six, a timeline we hold to be unreasonable,” the court wrote.center_img A persistent health issueOne of the advocacy groups pressing the EPA is United Parents Against Lead, which called the court’s December 27 ruling a “win for children.” The founder of the group, Zakia Rafiqa Shabazz, said that her son, now 23 years old, is still suffering from the effects of lead found in his blood when he was 2. Government inaction spanning two presidential administrations means that many more children are now “suffering the pains of lead poisoning,” she said.The Journal of Pediatrics published an article last year summing up the results of a six-year study of blood levels in millions of children under the age of 6. Overall, efforts to lower lead exposure have been working, the report said, but this study still found that 3% of tested children had elevated lead levels in their blood.Lead causes a variety of health problems in children, including intellectual deficits, poor academic achievement, and attention deficit behavior, the article notes. The effects appear to be irreversible. Government-sponsored efforts to lower exposure to lead — the removal of lead from gasoline and certain consumer products, for example — have helped reduce the blood lead concentrations in children, but lead poisoning remains a serious health concern.“Progress in reducing the burden of lead toxicity is a public health success story that is incomplete,” the Journal article concluded. The next steps are uncertainA spokesman for the EPA said that no decision has been reached on whether to appeal the December 27 ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.The Times suggests that a similar case in 2015 involving the pesticide chlorpyrifos points to another possible agency response. In that case, the appeals court ordered the EPA to take action one way or another on a request from environmental groups to ban the chemical.Pruitt denied the request, an action that apparently brought the agency into compliance with the court order. Advocates for tougher rules on lead said something similar could happen with the court’s order on lead.last_img read more