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 "Maine":

"… right. It’s not their body. It’s not their decision.” …"

"… re doing. You’re poisoning your kids,” Brennan lamented in her thick Maine accent. “I felt bad for not knowing it.” Brennan is not alone. Urine …"

"… om Columbia University gave IQ tests to about 270 grade-school children in Maine. They also checked to see if there was arsenic in their tap water at home. …"

"… They also checked to see if there was arsenic in their tap water at home. Maine is known as a hot spot for arsenic in groundwater. The researchers found …"

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 "World Health Organization":

"… ths increasing more than threefold since 1990, according to an analysis of World Health Organization data. In El Salvador, CKD has become the leading cause of hospital deaths …"

"… there, conducted by the Sri Lankan health ministry in partnership with the World Health Organization, documented elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic contained in agrochemic …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… rs must promptly report the chemicals they spray.It took the worker, and a Tennessee legal services lawyer helping her, six months to learn precisely what chem …"

"… 2010 in the tomato fields outside the city of Newport, in a patch of east Tennessee where the mountains touch the clouds and road signs warn of falling rock, …"

"… state. South Carolina, another major agricultural producer, reported zero. Tennessee: 3.Florida, the nation’s second-biggest agricultural state after Califor …"

"… five years to help train clinicians working with farmworkers.A conflict in TennesseeWorkers who speak up sometimes find themselves immersed in conflict.In Newp …"

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

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

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 "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 "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

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 …"

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 "United States":

"… product, which is extremely toxic to fish and bees, almost anywhere in the United States. Representatives from ePestSupply.com declined to comment.Michigan is one …"