Public health

Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
Will Wyoming companies get higher fines for workplace deaths?
When a worker died on the job, the company paid a $6,700 penalty, inciting new discussion on the issue.
Don’t drink the water
Don’t drink the water
Portland’s fluoridation battle shows how tricky it is to integrate science into debates that have as much to do with values as policy.
More pesticides are permeating urban streams
More pesticides are permeating urban streams
But rural rivers are getting cleaner, a new study says.
What diabetic grizzlies can tell us about human obesity
Washington’s new clean-water plan is a mixed bag
The politics of public health
The politics of public health
Environmental regulations are a favorite target in the runup to this year's election.
The Bay Area Chevron explosion shows gaps in refinery safety
The Bay Area Chevron explosion shows gaps in refinery safety
Oil refineries pose serious health hazards for nearby residents as well as workers, as the recent explosion in Richmond and other incidents, like one in Sinclair, Wyo., have made clear.
Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India
Coal-export schemes ignite unusual opposition, from Wyoming to India
Ambitious schemes to build railroads and ports to ship Powder River Basin coal abroad will bring pollution and traffic to communities along the transport path, who are rising up in protest.
Western wish list for Obama
Eleven key Westerners speak with HCN about their hopes and worries for an Obama administration.