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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "El Salvador":

"… fforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mysterious kidney d …"

"… untry to target glyphosate for its alleged role in chronic kidney disease. El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly approved a ban on 53 agrichemicals including glyp …"

"… ling herbicide — will have repercussions beyond the island’s borders. El Salvador recently elected a new president, Salvador Sánchez-Cerén, and proponents …"

"… t, Salvador Sánchez-Cerén, and proponents of the pesticide ban passed by El Salvador’s legislature last year hope the former guerilla commander will sign a p …"

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.

'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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… years since the “chemicals of concern” list landed at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The list, which the Environmental Protection Agency wants to put out for …"

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 "Cancer":

"… we are doing so at our own peril.”Jeanne Rizzo, president of the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based group that has pressed for more research into …"

"… he same time, Keith and Brophy convinced officials at the Windsor Regional Cancer Center to begin collecting work histories of Cancer patients. This led to …"

"… uto industry.The new study, funded by groups including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region, examined a population twice as large and featur …"

"… d them from becoming so ubiquitous in the environment.”The President’s Cancer Panel, an advisory committee in the United States attached to the National …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "toxicologist":

"… have not advanced with the state of the science.”Nevertheless, for most toxicologists, Birnbaum said the report does not offer a big shift from what they are d …"

"… ses that are triggered by fetal exposures.“Some people keep slamming the toxicologists. But you can’t paint everyone with the same brush,” Birnbaum said.How …"

"… rted to support these cannot be validly extrapolated to humans," Kamrin, a toxicologist, wrote in the International Journal of Toxicology in 2007.But vom Saal and …"

"… erative and Developmental Biology, told Environmental Health News.But many toxicologists subscribe to “the dose makes the poison” conventional wisdom. In othe …"

'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 "Bisphenol A":

"… hasn’t released the EPA list, the office has indicated that it includes Bisphenol A, found in many plastic products and believed to interfere with the hormone …"

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 "Tim Davis":

"… y suspect.”In some cases, health problems have been immediate and stark. Tim Davis, an Alabama lawyer, sued a lindane manufacturer, pharmacist and doctor aft …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Atrazine":

"… difficult for someone to put a thumb on the scale” to slant the outcome.Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. An estimated 76 …"

"… stating to farmers who are heavily dependent on the inexpensive herbicide. Atrazine poses “no harm” to the general population or to drinking water supplie …"

"… those considered “relevant to the assessment of Atrazine.”‘Not Just Atrazine’EPA spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara said the list was not exhaustive and …"

"… grams, brought up the number of studies during congressional testimony. “Atrazine is one of the most well-examined pesticides in the marketplace,” she sai …"

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

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marilynn Desmond":

"… it in internally, but they didn’t lick it off, it burned their skin,” Marilynn Desmond said. “My response to that is they’re trying to shift the blame from t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… ticide issues.The screening program will determine officially which of the chemicals commonly used in pesticides may interfere with the endocrine system, the n …"

"… h, metabolism, and even mood. Animal studies have shown that some of these chemicals can cause developmental and reproductive problems, and scientists worry ab …"

"… r registration reviews that take place every 15 years.The agency picked 73 chemicals for initial screening based on their frequent presence in food, water, and …"

"… , not surprisingly, on why. Environmentalists want the testing to begin on chemicals they already strongly believe to be endocrine disruptors, while the indust …"