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September 25
Links of Interest: Colorado Man Diagnosed with "Popcorn Lung" Awarded $7.3 Million in Damages
A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…

“Popcorn lung.” A man from Centennial, Colo., who was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn lung,” was awarded $7.3 million in damages by a federal jury. Wayne Watson reportedly contracted the disease from eating two to three bags of microwave popcorn each day for a decade. Read more.
 
EPA’s Superfund list. EPA has added another 12 sites to its Superfund list of hazardous waste sites in the U.S. and proposed that an additional 8 potentially be added to the list as well. Read more.
 
Carcinogens. According to The Daily Climate, the heat and drought in the Midwest make for prime conditions for Aspergillus ear rot, a fungus that produces the carcinogen aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is toxic to livestock and farmers are being warned to look out for the toxin. 
 
Bio-based chemicals. A small group of manufacturing facilities has begun making chemicals from sugar rather than petroleum in bio-based chemical production. Most of the facilities are producing chemical intermediates such as isobutyl alcohol, glucaric acid, succinic acid, acetic acid, and farnesene. Read more in Chemical and Engineering News.
 
Chronic kidney disease. The Center for Public Integrity has published several articles on the chronic kidney disease epidemic that has affected thousands in Sri Lanka, India and Central America in agricultural regions:
Combustible dust. OSHA recently revised its Web page on combustible dust to make the page more user-friendly. The Web page includes general information on the explosion hazards of combustible dust as well as information on OSHA guidance, standards and enforcement related to combustible dust.
 
FACOSH. OSHA announced that the next meeting of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will be held on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
 
Nanotechnology. According to leading Chinese researchers, China should “carry out more extensive safety studies and improve regulatory oversight of synthetic nanomaterials.” Read more in Nature.
 
Chevron refinery. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a surveillance video showing the smoke from the Aug. 6 accident at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. Watch the video on CSB’s website.

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