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A look at the type of chemicals and pollution found at contaminated sites

OTTAWA - The Parliamentary Budget Office has released a new report on the cost to clean up federal contaminated sites. Here's a look at the type and number of contaminants that have been found in surface and ground water, sediment, soil and the air: Metal, metalloid, and organometallic: 7,858 PHCs (petroleum hydrocarbons): 6,726 PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon): 5,253 Petroleum hydrocarbons and PAH's: 1,799 BTEXs (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xzylene): 866 Other: 762 Other organics: 520

GE misstated chemical injury to NY's Hudson River: federal trustees

(Reuters) - General Electric Co has understated or misstated the environmental harm of its chemical dumping into New York's Hudson River, federal officials alleged on Monday. The company's recent report to New York state officials failed to mention harm done to fish, waterfowl and groundwater, the Federal Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees said in a letter to the company that the trustees made public.

Evoke Pharma's inhaled gastro drug better than oral generic

(Reuters) - Evoke Pharma Inc said its inhaled version of a generic gastrointestinal drug was found to be superior in managing symptoms of bowel disease compared with the existing oral treatment, sending its shares up 45 percent. The results of the mid-stage study, published in a medical journal, tested an intranasal formulation of generic metoclopramide in 89 diabetic gastroparesis patients dosed four times a day for 6 weeks.

Quebec's environment minister announces inspection program of 1,300 PCB sites

MONTREAL - Quebec's environment minister has announced a new inspection program will be carried out on known PCB sites in the province. Yves-Francois Blanchet says priority will be given to 60 licensed PCB sites, which will be checked between now and April 2014. The inspections will be carried out on 1,300 sites around the province over the next five years. "All real and potential sites on Quebec's territory will be visited to be checked to ensure that they conform to existing rules when it comes to PCBs," Blanchet said.

Class action lawsuit against anti-obesity drug Meridia can go ahead: B.C. court

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the anti-obesity drug Meridia can go ahead. Six people were fighting for the right to launch a class action against drug makers Abbott Laboratories and generic manufacturer Apotex, arguing the drug caused them dire health effects, including heart attacks and a stroke. Justice Robert Johnston agreed the six met the test of whether a case should be considered a class action.

Quebec government steps in to clean up illegal PCB site

MONTREAL - The Quebec government has stepped in to clean up a PCB dump in a Montreal suburb after the company illegally storing the dangerous material failed to do so. Reliance Power Equipment Ltd. had been given until last Thursday to provide an action plan to secure the site and remove the PCBs. Toxic materials have been present for years on the property in suburban Pointe-Claire, but were only detected in March after a spill of about 1,000 litres on the property.

Montrealers surprised to learn they live next to a PCB dump

MONTREAL - It was a "huge surprise" to Richard Dore when he learned this week that the company behind his suburban home had been storing toxic materials for years. "We bought it in 2009 and obviously we were not aware of these things behind the house," the 50-year-old father of two teens said Friday. "It's a good thing that we're not selling our house right now because it would be worth nothing."

High levels of toxic PCBs found in mongoose near U.S. bases in Okinawa

Japanese researchers have detected high levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls in mongooses found near two U.S. military bases in Okinawa in a recent study. The team of researchers from Ehime University and Okinawa's Meio University told Kyodo News the source of the pollution was likely to be transformers or other products containing PCBs, and said further studies are necessary given that nearby residents and other creatures could have been contaminated as well.

'Suspicious' death in France after medicine alert

MARSEILLE/PARIS (Reuters) - French police are investigating the death of a 92-year-old man as "suspicious" after he was given medicine that may have been wrongly labeled as a diuretic drug, a police representative said on Sunday. The man's death on Saturday was two days after France's pharmaceutical watchdog ANSM asked pharmacies to take off the shelves 190,000 boxes of the diuretic furosemide supplied by Israeli drugmaker Teva, saying that they may contain the sedative zopiclone.

FDA says Merck drug helps treat insomnia but may cause daytime drowsiness and driving issues

WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators say an experimental insomnia drug from Merck can help patients fall asleep, but it also carries worrisome side effects, including daytime drowsiness and suicidal thinking. The Food and Drug Administration released its review of the company's sleep aid, suvorexant, ahead of a public meeting on Wednesday. The pill works by temporarily blocking chemical messengers that keep people awake.
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