New battlefront for petrochemical industry: benzene and childhood leukemia

By Kristen Lombardi

Jarrett McElheney grew up near a cluster of petroleum storage tanks. His parents believe benzene in drinking water gave him cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chemistry":

"… he API has financed additional work of his on benzene, as has the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main lobby. In a deposition taken last …"

A dozen dirty documents

By Kristen Lombardi and Jared Bennett

Twelve documents that stand out from the Center's new archive

Excerpts from this story referencing "Benzene":

"… 0 summary of the API’s research strategy, drafted by the group’s  Benzene Task Force, explains that the research program “is designed to protect m …"

"… rs of “personal injury claims,” an email exchange among members of the Benzene Health Research Consortium urges deletion of  “the reference to leg …"

Benzene and worker cancers: 'An American tragedy'

By Kristen Lombardi

Previously secret documents illuminate a 10-year effort by petrochemical titans to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ican tragedy.” Five million Americans at risk Benzene emissions in the United States have declined sharply since 1987, when federal regulators set the occupati …"

"… ng block.” Benzene ranks 17th among the top 20 chemicals produced in the United States, according to the federal government. The petrochemical industry’s deca …"

Internal documents reveal industry 'pattern of behavior' on toxic chemicals

By David Heath and Jim Morris

A new archive created by the Center and two universities will feature a trove of previously secret industry documents on toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… year we reached out to William Baggett Jr., a lawyer in Lake Charles, Louisiana, who had acquired more than 400,000 pages of documents from a decade-long …"

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.

EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

By Douglas P. Guarino

Federal agency abandons phosphate-mining clean-up, leaving more than 100,000 residents at risk of exposure to cancer-causing radiation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… nmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste …"

"… 0-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa. However, Florida officials have long argued that the affected area need not be cleaned up i …"

"… , critics say. In a joint statement to Global Security Newswire, the Florida health and environment departments say they have no plans to examine the s …"

"… monitoring is not necessary. The statement, provided to GSN by Florida environmental protection spokeswoman Mara Burger, suggests the EPA decisio …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease, CKD, is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pa …"

Farmworker advocates press EPA to update pesticide rules

By Ronnie Greene

Worker rights and pesticide safety advocates are in Washington this week, urging updates to the EPA's Worker Protection Standard.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earthjustice":

"… rift of pesticides into farmworkers’ homes, schools, and playgrounds,” Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law organization, said in a statement this we …"

"… vels.” Such groups have long pressed for reform. In 2011, for instance, Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice sent then-EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a 31-page …"

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.

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 "reporter":

"… ’s Director General of Health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, told a CPI reporter he would share the technical report, but the WHO then indicated it would n …"

EPA's 'Brownfields' program coming up short

By Gwyneth Shaw, Beverly Ford and Evelyn Larrubia

Thousands of polluted properties remain despite $1.5 billion in federal assistance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… er.Despite about $1.5 billion in federal grants and loans doled out by the Environmental Protection Agency over 19 years, hundreds of thousands of abandoned and polluted properties …"

"… despite close to $60 million in brownfield-related grants and loans by the Environmental Protection Agency -- including $12 million aimed directly at removing or containing pollutan …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… no one knows the full scope of the environmental perils in the fields.The Environmental Protection Agency administers a Worker Protection Standard meant to regulate pesticides and …"

Brain cancer trial may influence science on toxic chemical

By Jim Morris

A McCullom Lake, Ill., plant, operated by Rohm and Haas, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., is at the root of a potentially groundbreaking la

Excerpts from this story referencing "Allen Blakey":

"… ical were released into the air, down sharply from 773,826 pounds in 2000. Allen Blakey, a vice president with the Vinyl Institute, a trade group, said the reduct …"

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 "Agriculture":

"… ientists funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the EPA scrutinized a  Syngenta-funded Canadian study  …"

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 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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ad been linked to spot-on pesticide products for pets. This afternoon, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed there was cause for concern. The agency announced that it would int …"

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 "Environment":

"… tandards, according to the Pesticide Safety Directorate analysis. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 46 million pounds of 2,4-D are used her …"

"… se. A study released by the European Centre for Agricultural, Regional and Environmental Policy Research in September predicted at least a 20 percent jump in the …"

Dangerous disease, dangerous remedy

By Jillian Olsen

On the night of September 10, low-flying planes blanketed parts of Nassau County, New York, in a fine mist of Scourge, a mosquito-killing pe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticides":

"… on this subject, check out the Center’s recent project Perils of the New Pesticides, along with our other blog coverage. …"

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 "Pesticide":

"… ting consumers, said Brian Rowe, Pesticide section manager at Michigan’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. Vendors and customers are now linked b …"

"… Jim Wright, regulatory supervisor at the Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation, which enforces South Carolina’s Pesticide regulations. “We …"

"… and ant killer Tengard SFR, said Susan Kegley, a senior scientist for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and CEO of the Pesticide Research Institut …"

"… scientist for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and CEO of the Pesticide Research Institute. Because some products sold online like Tengard SFR are …"

Contaminated, but still not off-limits

By Joaquin Sapien

High levels of likely carcinogen found at New Jersey brook that the EPA calls safe for recreational use

The politics of energy: Oil and gas

By Kevin Bogardus

WASHINGTON, December 15, 2003 — The sweeping energy bill now pending in Congress offers a geyser of new tax breaks and other government good

Excerpts from this story referencing "Billy Tauzin":

"… ommittee negotiation session in November, DeLay, along with Representative Billy Tauzin of Louisiana and Representative Joe Barton of Texas, slipped a provision i …"