- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Companies sued for calling bottles biodegradable

LOS ANGELES | The California attorney general’s office has sued three companies over allegations that they misled consumers and violated state law by marketing plastic water bottles as biodegradable.

It is illegal to label a plastic food or drink container as biodegradable under California law when such materials can take thousands of years to break down if at all. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’ office says it’s the first government action to enforce the environmental marketing law.


The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, names Enso Plastics, a Mesa, Ariz., bottle maker, along with companies that sell the water, including Aquamantra, of Dana Point, Calif., and Balance Water, of West Orange, N.J.

Enso did not return a call for comment. Officials of Balance Water and Aquamantra say their bottles are biodegradable, but the labeling will be removed.

ILLINOIS

X-rays found useless to stop lung cancer deaths

CHICAGO | Routine chest X-rays do not prevent lung cancer deaths, not even in smokers or former smokers, according to a government study challenging a once common type of screening.

In the study of more than 150,000 older Americans, those who had four annual chest X-ray screenings were just as likely to die of lung cancer as participants who didn’t have those tests.

The results from the National Cancer Institute-funded research confirm smaller X-ray studies. They follow another big study from that institute favoring a newer, more sophisticated imaging test. That found fewer lung cancer deaths among current or former heavy smokers who had special CT imaging scans versus those who had chest X-rays.

CT scans provide much more detailed images than X-rays, and while no major medical group recommends any type of routine lung cancer screening, several are preparing new guidelines.

MISSOURI

Campus drug testing awaits judicial ruling

ST. LOUIS | A Missouri college’s comprehensive drug-testing plan for students will stay on hold after a ruling by a federal judge.

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