Victory for the salamander!

Good news for those concerned about the destructive effect of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline…

The US Forest Service has just rejected the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) route over Shenandoah Mountain in Virginia and Cheat Mountain in West Virginia, citing protection of sensitive resources, including the Cow Knob Salamander, the Cheat Mountain salamander, the West Virginia Northern flying squirrel, and red spruce ecosystem restoration areas in WV.

Protect Salamanders.... leave dead trees where they are

That’s good news! But remember the micro habitats in back yards are just as important to salamander survival.    Please leave areas untouched by human hands.  Allow leaf litter and dead trees to remain where they fall.  They are food and shelter for many small animals.



1916 Symposium on Occupational Disease in the Chemical Industry

Europe became more aware of the dangers chemical workers faced in the early 1900’s and the US soon followed.   In a 1916 Symposium on Occupational Disease in the Chemical Industry attendees discussed the toxicity of coal-tar products.  These poisons were absorbed through the skin, through open sores, and from fumes.  Dr. Alice Hamilton was a pioneer in the field of “Industrial Hygiene” and explicitly warned of the poisonous effect of “Benzene and Toluene and their many derivatives” on munitions workers, emphasizing that these “materials are dangerous from the poisonous side as well as the explosive.” By the 1930’s 23 workers had developed “an acneform eruption on the face and body.”  Many became infected and were discharging puss.  That all of these men were working with chlorinated diphenyls wasn’t lost on researchers.  One patient in particular, an African American, exhibited other disturbing symptoms including “lassitude, loss of appetite, and loss of libido.”

As concern for the health of workers grew, industrial hygienists gave “little consideration to the effluent and air pollution leaving the factories”51IPpxCUqNL._UY250_ (1)


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