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 "Michigan":

"… d at many sites, and listed some in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York and Michigan as examples. However, Florida officials considered the threshold to be "ov …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… a mineral used in pesticides that has been linked by previous studies to kidney failure. For more than two years, the International Consortium of Investigative J …"

"… g evidence also points toward a possible mechanism for dehydration causing kidney failure, related to the activity of an enzyme in the kidney. “I do not think th …"

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 "kidney failure":

"… hat remains latent until its advanced stages. More than 16,000 men died of kidney failure in Central America from 2005 to 2009, with annual deaths increasing more t …"

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 "chronic kidney disease":

"… id growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastating its north central region.In September, in Mystery in the Field …"

"… in the Fields, the Center for Public Integrity explored how a rare form of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. S …"

"… re “causative factors” for the ailment – which they have named CKDu, chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology. Despite prior warnings from the WHO to reduce farmers …"

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 "the University of Iowa":

"… yard.The town of 19,000 residents is squarely middle class, situated near the University of Iowa, with 14 percent living below the poverty line, according to the 2010 cens …"

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 "state official":

"… aid she was told her phone call constituted a complaint.In January 2007, a state official told her an investigator had visited the farm “but failed to gather info …"

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 "general U.S. population":

"… — is striking in itself, given that malignant brain tumors occur in the general U.S. population at the rate of 6.4 per 100,000, according to the National Cancer Institute …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

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

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 "illegal Internet sales":

"… e said.Walt Cline, owner of Pro Pest Products, was fined several times for illegal Internet sales before he began to take note of the laws governing his business. “When w …"

"… a California man pleaded guilty to five felonies and five misdemeanors for illegal Internet sales after a yearlong investigation by the California Department of Pesticide R …"

"… own state of Nebraska as those he knows to be working consistently to stem illegal Internet sales.It is difficult to determine what regulatory action is taking place becaus …"

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 "manufacturing":

"… ves. One of the most likely new businesses for such companies would be the manufacturing of ethanol, which had its own huge set of tax breaks and other incentives …"