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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Monsanto":

"… anka’s government has placed on hold its decision to ban the top-selling Monsanto herbicide glyphosate based on the weed killer’s alleged role in a deadly …"

"… kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registra …"

"… uncement, Sri Lanka’ government-sponsored Pesticide Technical Committee, Monsanto and agrochemical industry groups have objected — and the ban has been pl …"

"… or of these heavy metals to the kidney,” Jayasumana told ICIJ in March. Monsanto disputes the idea that glyphosate is uniquely suited to bond with heavy me …"

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 "Environment":

"… olve the epidemic,” said Dr. Catharina Wesseling of the Program on Work, Environment and Health in Central America (SALTRA), a leader of CKD research in the re …"

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 "Monsanto":

"… found in urine samples of some sick patients. Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto, but the patent has expired so numerous companies now sell glyphosate prod …"

"… the patent has expired so numerous companies now sell glyphosate products. Monsanto said it currently sells glyphosate products in Sri Lanka but did not confi …"

"… ucts in Central America. Dr. Daniel Goldstein, a Senior Science Fellow at Monsanto, said “glyphosate does not cause renal failure.” He said he was aware …"

"… lves. In an interview in San Salvador, Rodriguez reacted with surprise to Monsanto’s position that glyphosate does not threaten the kidneys. “Ah, Monsan …"

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.

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

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.

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 "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… In 2007, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ranked vinyl chloride as the No. 4 chemical of concern at Superfund sites …"

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 "House Energy and Commerce Committee":

"… about how the agency is doing its work. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees environmental regulators, told the Investigative Fund, “ …"

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 "Environment":

"… plaints about the ubiquitous weed-killer and water pollutant atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to take a closer look at the product, used …"

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

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 "West Nile":

"… yrethroid resmethrin. It was the first time in a decade that concerns over West Nile virus prompted the county to conduct aerial spraying. The problem, though, …"

"… broad pesticide spraying are uncertain. A department information sheet on West Nile states: “There are no studies examining whether the use of Scourge to co …"

"… health effects in humans.”Given the risks, are the chances of dying from West Nile encephalitis too slim to justify the aggressive chemical response? Last ye …"

"… chemical response? Last year, the Centers for Disease Control recorded 124 West Nile-related deaths nationwide; the worst year was 2002, with 284 fatalities. F …"

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 "North America":

"… said Susan Kegley, a senior scientist for the Pesticide Action Network of North America and CEO of the Pesticide Research Institute. Because some products sold on …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… Spiegel said.PCBs are considered a probable carcinogen by the EPA and the World Health Organization (WHO). Those same agencies have found that asbestos causes mesothelioma, a …"

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 "energy":

"… ustin Armendariz and Aron Pilhofer contributed to this report. …"

"… ongress offers a geyser of new tax breaks and other government goodies for energy companies and related industries. Although the 1,200-page bill stalled out …"

"… compiled by the Center for Public Integrity.In many ways, the $30 billion energy legislation is a classic example of money, influence and hardball politics …"

"… bill seems to contain something to benefit just about every sector of the energy industry that bothered to ask. There were billions of dollars of subsidies …"