Recent news reports about coal mining have pulled me back to thinking about workers—having spent the bulk of my pre-UCS career in occupational health (teaching in medical schools and working for our country’s workplace health and safety research agency, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health/NIOSH). With the critical focus on climate change and the need to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases and other dangerous pollutants from coal-burning power plants, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the health impacts coal has on the brave souls who mine it and on their families who share in their suffering. Read More
Coal Mining and Public Health: How the Coal Industry, Lawyers, and Doctors Have Betrayed Miners and Their Families
November 25th, 2013
August 29th, 2013
As Labor Day approaches, my occupational health roots always come to the fore. And today’s warnings from the National Weather Service about dangerously hot conditions in areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa beg reflection on the toll excessive heat takes on workers – and others who live in affected areas. The tragedy is that these serious heat-related health impacts are preventable. Read More
A Peek Inside the Administrator’s Inbox – Some of What’s Waiting for Gina McCarthy as New EPA Administrator
July 18th, 2013
The Senate has finally confirmed Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She starts with a very full plate. I have some personal experience with what lies ahead for Administrator McCarthy; I once directed a federal agency myself.