Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House’s Office of Management and Budget":

"… EPA scientists had to submit drafts of their scientific assessments to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for review. There, most assessments languished or died, according to an&nb …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House’s Office of Management and Budget":

"… ve years reviewing hundred of studies before sending a draft report to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in October 2008. EPA scientists concluded that arsenic was 17 times more …"

Long-awaited EPA pesticide protections a 'mixed bag' for farmworkers

By Ronnie Greene

After more than two decades, the EPA revised rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides, but advocates say they don't go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… to have the courage to ask for that information,” said Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project coordinator for the Farmworker Ass …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

"… esearch of the disease, created a multidisciplinary internal task force on chronic kidney disease in Central America, and pledged to help fund a national survey by El Salva …"

"… ide, including in countless areas not affected by this distinctive form of chronic kidney disease. The El Salvador sample of CKD patients from Ciudad Romero — the commun …"

Farmworkers plagued by pesticides, red tape

By Ronnie Greene

Pesticides endanger farmworkers, but thin layers of government protect them and no one knows the full scope of the perils in the fields.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… ears ago for one of America’s most grueling and lowest-paying vocations. Pesticides can endanger farmworkers, but thin layers of government protect them and …"

"… ;said, "but we still don’t have it."Language barriers add another hurdle.Pesticide warning labels are not required to be in Spanish, though eight of every 10 …"

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 "emeritus professor":

"… we have not had an opportunity to fully review this paper, Michael Kamrin, emeritus professor of Michigan State University, has concluded ‘low dose’ effects have no …"

State officials ignored scientists in approving pesticide

By Amy Standen

Calif. pesticides manufacturer finds warnings from scientists too 'excessive' to be credible

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… ne of the documents, Mary-Ann Warmerdam, who led the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation until this year, weighs a recommendation from her staff that fa …"

"… level of exposure was," said Susan Kegley, a consulting scientist for the Pesticide Action Network, a group suing the state.Department spokeswoman Lea Brooks …"

"… o ban the chemical.As part of the suit, the groups asked the Department of Pesticide Regulation to release documents explaining how the agency decided to appro …"

"… d on the peer-review panel, says the documents show that the Department of Pesticide Regulation has no way of knowing whether methyl iodide is safe."DPR has no …"

Multiple safety failures identified in chemical explosion

By Jim Morris

A new report on a 2008 explosion at a West Virginia pesticide factory offers a chilling account that raises questions about safeguards at th

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… ade name Temik — of which MIC is an ingredient. In an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency last August, the company said it would stop making ald …"

EPA cracks down on flea, tick labels in wake of Center probe

By M.B. Pell and Jim Morris

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering clearer labels for all “spot-on” flea and tick treatments applied directly to dogs’ and cats

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… pot-on products contained active ingredients from the pyrethroid family of chemicals. Over a five-year period, the Center found, the EPA received more than 25, …"

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 …"

EPA increases scrutiny of flea and tick treatments

By M.B. Pell

The Environmental Protection Agency stirred some excitement last month when it announced plans to begin “intensifying” the evaluation of spo

Europe’s new pesticide regulations leave America in the dust

By Jillian Olsen

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted last week in favor of new pesticide regulations that make America’s laws look a little

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… a’s laws look a little, well, wimpy. The European package cracks down on chemicals that pose a risk to human health or the environment, setting strict guidel …"

"… liament, which will consider the proposal in January.The new law prohibits chemicals that can cause cancer, disrupt hormones, or interfere with reproduction, w …"

"… n the pesticide is used correctly. Under U.S. law, on the other hand, such chemicals can still be approved as long as the potentially negative impacts seen in …"

"… ct this and address the increasingly strong emerging evidence that certain chemicals can interact with the physiological systems of living organisms.”So, les …"

Think twice before setting off a bug bomb

By M.B. Pell

Before setting off a neurotoxic bug bomb in your house, you might want to try a couple of less extreme measures first: maybe clean up a litt

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 …"

World wide web of pesticides can endanger consumers

By Jillian Olsen

Termites? No problem. On DoMyOwnPestControl.com, $64.99 buys a 20-ounce bottle of Termidor SC. That’s enough for anyone with a credit card

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… , a senior scientist for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and CEO of the Pesticide Research Institute. Because some products sold online lik …"