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 "David Vitter":

"… and over science on toxic chemicals to the National Academy. In 2009, Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, held up the nomination of a top EPA official …"

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 "chemicals":

"… for instance, to require medical monitoring of applicators handling toxic chemicals; sets 16, not 18, as a minimum age for those handling pesticides; and elim …"

"… or Farmworker Justice. “Why you would want somebody that young applying chemicals in the workplace is beyond me,” Ruiz said. Setting the minimum age at 1 …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ng to a series of steps to combat its reach. Over the last two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing th …"

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 "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 …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… wed.Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, said the number of reported incidents connected wit …"

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 "Atrazine":

"… severity of the contamination or whether potential health threats existed. Atrazine is the most common water pollutant found in the EPA database, but that cou …"

"… determine whether a change in our regulatory position is appropriate.” Atrazine was banned in the European Union in 2003 due to its presence in groundwate …"

"… facturer, Syngenta, called the EPA’s reassessment “really unnecessary. Atrazine has been one of the most studied agricultural products in history. The EPA …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… es, and 32 percent of fungicides, according to estimates from the U.K.’s Pesticide Safety Directorate. The committee vote serves as a recommendation to the w …"

"… ould likely not hold up under the new European standards, according to the Pesticide Safety Directorate analysis. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency esti …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "injuries":

"… eight states during the period of 2001 to 2006 identified 466 illnesses or injuries related to total release foggers, also known as bug bombs. The foggers kil …"

"… cause problems and workers and homeowners need to be cautious.”Among the injuries and illnesses reported was one suspicious death involving an infant in Was …"

"… s one suspicious death involving an infant in Washington.The illnesses and injuries often occurred because people either couldn’t get out of the room before …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… taking heat from both sides, the agency has submitted a final draft to the Office of Management and Budget for review.Either way, the most common opinion heard at last week’s meet …"

World wide web of pesticides can endanger consumers

By Jillian Olsen

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… o solve one-fiftieth of the problem. Until you have that decision from the federal government that says in the U.S. you can’t do this, it’s not going to stop.”Cre …"