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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

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

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 "India":

"… disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combination of factors inclu …"

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 "Bisphenol A":

"… ld have effectively required $1 billion companies to disclose their use of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that some studies suggest can impact the brain and …"

'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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… a year. What’s so threatening about the chemicals of concern list? The American Chemistry Council, a trade group, did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement t …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticides":

"… with recommendations for the regulations, said Sri Lanka’s Registrar of Pesticides, Dr. Anura Wijesekera. Wijesekara, whose office oversees imports and …"

"… lishing limits of detection for nine toxins including cadmium and arsenic. Pesticides and fertilizers containing more than the permitted amounts of these chemic …"

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 "Adam Finkel":

"… also deep dissatisfaction with workplace regulation in the United States. Adam Finkel, former director of health standards programs for OSHA, said the vast majo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheriff":

"… in which four or five members of a single household had the disease. Rezvi Sheriff, who began practicing in the 1970s as Sri Lanka’s first nephrologist and …"

"… ey doctors, calls it a recent phenomenon.“In the last 20 years or so,” Sheriff said, “we have noticed it.”Researchers developed a succession of theor …"

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 "OMB":

"… functional system for regulating toxic substances — remains stuck in the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).The proposal has s …"

"… rogressive Reform. “OIRA is a politicized place where rules go to die.”OMB spokeswoman Meg Reilly said in an emailed statement that the office doesn …"

"… equire additional time for consideration of public comment and analysis by OMB and all the affected agencies.”Since OIRA received the proposal on May 1 …"

"… ent, transparent criteria by which these chemicals are selected. ... It is OMB’s job to closely review the proposed action and consider any negative ec …"

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 "toxic chemicals":

"… organization for groups that seek to eliminate some of the world’s most toxic chemicals. “But they’re still allowing it to be put on your child’s head.”Li …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… one month later so members can campaign ahead of the November election. …"

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 "National Academy of Sciences":

"… decisions on atrazine. Absent are studies published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Nature. Many works by independent …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… atabase produced by the Center in 2008 as part as of our Perils of the New Pesticides investigation.Last week, an EPA advisory panel began assessing the latest …"

"… f the advisory group are planned for later this year.The Perils of the New Pesticides project includes a tool that allows the public to search 15 years of prev …"

"… teve Owens, assistant administrator over the EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, said in a statement that the agency “will take a …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… drinking water exceed the maximum contaminant level set by the EPA.” …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticides":

"… blished similar findings in December. …"

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 "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… n 2007, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory. That’s a five percent overall drop from the prior year, but the release …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… om Hartz, Sergeant’s, Farnam, and Bayer — are approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and they are readily available at grocery stores, specialty pet ret …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… have on hormones surfaced from both sides at last week’s meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, a panel of manufacturers, scientists, and regu …"