Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

By David Heath

Study by the National Institutes of Health found levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in mice.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… rs in history. Extrapolating from those studies, scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have tentatively concluded that arsenic is a serious p …"

"… pears to be safe,” Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, said in a statement …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "commissioner":

"… rs, the mayor officiated at the wedding of an ACC lobbyist. In Maine, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, was an ACC lo …"

"… in food packaging. Then, in July, Gov. Paul LePage, who appointed Aho as commissioner, vetoed the bill over the objections of protesting parents. D.C. red tape …"

"… ironmental Protection in early 2011; that September, Gov. LePage named her commissioner. Aho has long touted her connection to business. Her official bio&nbs …"

"… blic Integrity, exploring Aho’s dual roles, sought an interview with the commissioner. Aho declined the request, but a spokeswoman said Aho had been an attorney …"

'Chemicals of Concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape

By Jim Morris

The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House OMB.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… de the authority that Congress gave EPA.” …"

"… day marked a dubious milestone. It has been three years since the “chemicals of concern” list landed at the White House Office of Management and Budg …"

"… olybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. The EPA wants to highlight these chemicals because “they may present an unreasonable risk to human health and/or th …"

"… st time for the OMB to conclude its review of the EPA’s proposal to list chemicals of concern,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said in a statement to the C …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… in Scotland. “They’re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Low doses of some chemicals tied to health effects

By Marla Cone

Scientists see links to infertility, heart disease and other disorders from exposure to small amounts of hormone-altering chemicals

'Chemicals of concern' list stuck at OMB

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

A proposed EPA list of 'chemicals of concern' has been under review by the White House budget office for 638 days

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… regulation of named chemicals could follow.In the more than 35 years since Congress passed the law, known as TSCA, the EPA hasn’t used its power to flag che …"

"… CA, which has faced fierce criticism from environmental groups and some in Congress as out of date and ill equipped to address risks from the vast array of in …"

"… m the vast array of industrial chemicals now in use. Perennial attempts in Congress to overhaul the law have failed.Soon after taking over as EPA administrato …"

A crawling issue: Head lice treatments worse than the pest itself?

By Jeremy Borden

Parents routinely use dangerous pesticides to treat their children for head lice

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alabama":

"… n some cases, health problems have been immediate and stark. Tim Davis, an Alabama lawyer, sued a lindane manufacturer, pharmacist and doctor after a six-mon …"

EPA says new rules coming for chemicals in dyes, detergents

By Jim Morris

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would issue new rules for three chemicals used in dyes, flame retardants, laund

Excerpts from this story referencing "cancer":

"… aners and food packaging.The primary health concern with benzidine dyes is cancer, the EPA said. The chemical HBCD, it said, persists in the environment and …"

Weighing safety of weed killer in drinking water, EPA relies heavily on industry-backed studies

By Danielle Ivory

Agency says company's evidence 'scientifically more robust' than independent research

U.S. Congressman renews attempts to ban controversial herbicide atrazine

By Danielle Ivory

Rep. Keith Ellison tries for second time to warn public of atrazine

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scientific Advisory Panel":

"… hormone and reproductive systems of humans and amphibians.The EPA’s Scientific Advisory Panel is scheduled to meet next week to discuss the human health effects of …"

Cities sue manufacturer of weed-killer found in tap water

By Danielle Ivory

Federal lawsuit seeks funding to remove atrazine from water supply

New EPA scrutiny for Atrazine reflected in Center’s database complaints

By M.B. Pell and Jim Morris

After years of fielding complaints about the ubiquitous weed-killer and water pollutant atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency has de

In reversal of Bush policy, EPA launches new study of atrazine’s health effects

By Danielle Ivory

EPA plans to look into atrazine's potentially harmful effects, such as birth defects and low birth weight

EPA announces intensified evaluation of spot-on pet treatments

By M.B. Pell

Back in December, our story, Pets and Pesticides: Let’s Be Careful Out There, reported that an alarming number of deaths had been linked to

Big increases in mercury and other toxic releases

By Marianne Lavelle

Almost 4.1 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released to the environment in the United States in 2007, according to new data from the E

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster in India and the release of chemicals from a West Virginia plant the following year.You can search the TRI data here and the EPA’s …"

Pets and pesticides: Let's be careful out there

By M.B. Pell and Jillian Olsen

Last June Diane Bromenschenkel applied a flea-and-tick product to her English pointer, Wings, so the dog wouldn’t get ticks while hunting ph

EPA’s hormonal ups and downs

By Jillian Olsen

Warning: the following contains an actual example of environmental advocates agreeing with the chemical industry. Both sides say that the En