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Stuff National: “Rats chew through water pipe causing thousands of dollars in damage”

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Brian Turner has a rat in his ceiling and he’s not sure what to do.

This month the rodent, or rodents, repeatedly chewed through tough plastic water pipes in his roof causing water to flood his New Plymouth home.

Turner’s had to call in a plumber to fix the leaks but the cost to repair the damage to his ceiling, carpet, wallpaper and warped door frames is set to reach an estimated $8000.

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U.S. News & World Report, “Blasts from Transformer Fire Rock Toronto Financial District”

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TORONTO (Reuters) – Explosions from a transformer fire rocked Toronto’s financial district for hours on Monday afternoon, prompting police to close off a section of the downtown area as heavy smoke billowed up from subway grates.

The blast shut down several blocks along King and Bay streets during evening rush hour but a Toronto police spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported, and police and fire trucks were on the scene.

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Plastics News: Formosa Shuts Down Texas PVC Facility After Leak

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A feedstock leak has caused Formosa Plastics Corp. USA to shut down its PVC resin production unit in Point Comfort, Texas.

Almost 170 pounds of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) were released from a 3-inch de-gas line at the site between April 12-13, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. VCM is a feedstock used to make PVC resin.

Officials with Formosa in Livingston, N.J., could not be reached for comment on April 14. The firm also makes polyethylene, polypropylene and related products in Point Comfort.

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Study: Phthalate exposure during early pregnancy can alter hormone levels in developing fetuses

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News Medical Life Sciences – Exposure during early pregnancy to some phthalates—man-made chemicals commonly found in household plastics, food and personal care products—can have adverse impacts on developing fetuses, according to a new study led by Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, a pediatric environmental health specialist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and associate professor at the University of Washington. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that increases in exposure to certain phthalates during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with higher estrogen concentrations and lower testosterone concentrations in the fetus, thus increasing the chance of a genital abnormality in male babies at birth.

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13 Everyday Products That Are Ruining Your Skin

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Health & Fitness Cheat Sheet – Much like the thermal receipts, BPA from plastic containers can be absorbed through skin, as well as consumed through food and drink,” Seth B. Forman, MD, at Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet. “Examples of plastics contaminating food have been reported with most plastic types, including styrene from polystyrene, plasticizers from PVC, antioxidants from polyethylene, and acetaldehyde.” While this is undoubtedly scary, especially when you think about all of the edible items you consume from various forms of plastic, contamination can easily be avoided by using glass containers instead of plastic to store your food and beverages.

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PVC Pipe Break: Spokane Valley, Washington

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The Northwest part of the country is known for harsh weather conditions, requiring the use of water pipe that can withstand sudden change in temperatures and a varying climate. Unfortunately for homeowners in Spokane Valley, their plastic PVC pipe weren’t up to the task and a water main “ruptured … leaving multiple residents without water for several hours.” A spokesman for the local fire department said the cause “could be weather-related,” commenting that, “It could have been the constant cold and thawing, cold and thawing.”

Water main ruptures in Spokane Valley leaving multiple residents without water for several hours

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The Spokesman-Review – A water main ruptured early Sunday morning in Spokane Valley, leaving multiple residents without water for several hours.

Shawn Pichette, a spokesman for Spokane Valley Fire Department, said residents were without water for several hours after the pipe burst around 7 a.m., sending rock and sediment down the northbound lanes of South Pines Road near East 26th Avenue.

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