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.

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 "Harvard University":

"… potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh found local drinking water to be contamina …"

"… ra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the Andhra Pradesh state government showed that groundwater in affecte …"

"… in some pesticides, including in brands used in India. Dr. Ajay Singh of Harvard University, one of the study’s directors, said the findings warranted closer examin …"

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.

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 "chemicals":

"… stigate and treat the disease, and promotion of stronger regulation of agrochemicals. The declaration represented a major victory for El Salvador and its heal …"

"… hether there was adequate evidence to declare the disease is linked to agrochemicals and respond by restricting their use. At the conference, El Salvador pres …"

"… zation, documented elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic contained in agrochemicals and within environmental samples from the endemic region — and found the …"

"… h El Salvador and Sri Lanka’s reports, including evidence of how the agrochemicals are entering victims’ bodies or what products are at fault. Despite the …"

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 "chemicals":

"… se tighter controls on pesticides and fertilizers amid growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastati …"

"… Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged to take action to crack down on contaminated agrochemicals.“There is a theory that pesticides and chemical fertilizer contribute to …"

"… ations will be formulated to require suppliers and distributors of all agrochemicals to comply with quality standards.”A committee of government ministers is …"

"… kera. Wijesekara, whose office oversees imports and permitting of agrochemicals, said Sri Lanka had already taken a significant step earlier this year: es …"

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 "chemicals":

"… ctories where the soil and groundwater are polluted with arsenic and other chemicals.Asbestos sprayed for almost six miles from a shuttered textile mill in Spr …"

"… be exposing themselves to an increased risk of cancer.“There are so many chemicals in our society, and having these highly toxic sites is clearly a hazard an …"

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 "Labor Department":

"… rds, and any violations were caused by the workers.On August 23, 2010, the Labor Department conducted an on-site investigation — leading to a skirmish. Two Fish Far …"

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 "Columbia University":

"… — Richard Neugebauer, an epidemiologist on the medical school faculty at Columbia University — analyzed data obtained from the Illinois State Cancer Registry for the …"

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

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

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

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

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

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 "Michigan":

"… and unsuspecting consumers, said Brian Rowe, pesticide section manager at Michigan’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. Vendors and customers ar …"

"… he United States. Representatives from ePestSupply.com declined to comment.Michigan is one of the few states that does conduct Internet investigations, and la …"

"… ume that EPA is taking care of it.”Creger identified Colorado, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, and his own state of Nebraska as those he knows to be working …"

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 "Congress":

"… ilhofer contributed to this report. …"

"… , legislative backers have sworn to revive it early in the 2004 session of Congress.Not surprisingly, the well-connected oil and gas industry—which has been …"

"… he latest version of the energy bill were pegged at about $23.5 billion by Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. There is also another $5.4 billion in gra …"

"… “Unfortunately, that appears to be the only way to get something through Congress these days.”Fouled water, no foulOne of the most controversial provision …"