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 "Glyphosate":

"… l processes for its ability to form strong chemical bonds with metals. “Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney,” Jaya …"

"… ls,” said Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Affairs Thomas Helscher. “Glyphosate is actually a relatively poor chelator for heavy metals when compared to p …"

"… y metals, according to scientists and academic studies consulted by ICIJ. Glyphosate is a highly versatile chelator because its molecule includes three differe …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investigative Fund":

"… of the EPA’s office of Pesticide Programs, told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund “we have concluded that atrazine does not cause adverse effects to …"

"… o humans or the environment.” Today, EPA spokesman Dale Kemery told the Investigative Fund, “This administration is taking a hard look at the atrazine decision mad …"

"… k at the atrazine decision made by the previous administration.” As the Investigative Fund reported in a series of articles in August, …"

"… federal safety limit in drinking water in at least four states. After the Investigative Fund analyzed and published the data, the EPA posted its data online and said i …"

Water utilities lack proper filters for weed-killer

By Danielle Ivory

Many water companies not using carbon filter that removes weed-killer atrazine

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… in river water and drinking water as measured last year in Bowling Green, Ohio.Bowling Green added carbon filters to the water system in 2000. “We inst …"

"… said Kirk Leifheit, Assistant Chief of the Drinking Water Program at the Ohio EPA. “They are reporting to us needs in the billions.”The EPA only mon …"

"… st of filtering the chemical out of drinking water. Utilities in Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa are preparing to file suits in state …"

EPA fails to inform public about weed-killer in drinking water

By Danielle Ivory

An herbicide atrazine has been found in four state, at levels ten times higher than federal safety limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Investigative Fund":

"… 150 watersheds from 2003 through 2008 were obtained by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund under the Freedom of Information Act. An analysis found that yearly averag …"

"… ults — from 2003 through 2006 — and reaches conclusions similar to the Investigative Fund’s analysis of all five years of data. The group supplied an advance copy …"

"… arts per billion (ppb) annually. According to the EPA data obtained by the Investigative Fund, cities in four states — Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas — had yea …"

"… through the Freedom of Information Act.In an on-camera interview with the Investigative Fund in June, Bradbury also said that the weekly monitoring had found no spikes …"

Quiet burial of a secret agent

By Jay Mayman

DWELLINGUP, Australia, February 1, 2002 — Like the cry of a wounded bird, it rang out in the Hanoi street, high and plaintive: "Dioxin, Diox