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In Thi ssue Environmental Health Science at Wayne State University The NIEHS News (p. A60) highlights the work of the Environmental Health Science Center at Detroit's Wayne State University. Far from being an academic "ivory tower," the Wayne State EHSC grapples daily with urban environmental health issues in one of the United States' most grievously polluted cities. At the Edge of the Earth Vast, wintry, and isolated, the Arctic is the hapless dumping ground for a surprisingly large array of pollutants that drift to the region from the industrialized countries farther south. The Focus article (p. A64) investigates the state of the Arctic's envi- ronmental health, in particular its impact on the region's indigenous population, and examines some possibilities for promoting sustainable development and protecting this region from further damage. American Indians and Environmental Law The Spheres of Influence article (p. A70) examines the complex situation surround- ing environmental health policy as it applies to American Indians and Indian country. After a century of treaties in which the Indians' relationship with the earth-a key aspect of their culture-has been savaged in the name of assimilation, American Indians are taking charge of determining and administering environ- mental regulations and policies on tribal lands to ensure a safer and more sovereign future. The Matter of Mercury Removing mercury from the waste stream has presented a challenge ever since the birth of the Industrial Age, when the metal first became a serious environmental health problem. Now, scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have devised a method, described in the Innovations arti- cle (p. A74), for adsorbing not only mer- cury but also many other toxic metals from a liquid waste stream. Potential for Dredging to Pollute Atmosphere Chiarenzelli and Scrudato (p. 47) suggest that a variety of soil contaminants (dioxins, dibenzofurans, chorinated pesticides, pol- yaromatic hydro

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