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 "House":

"… rs reviewing hundred of studies before sending a draft report to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in October 2008. EPA scientists concl …"

"… s greater than any other toxin regulated by drinking-water laws. The White House at that point had become a nemesis of EPA scientists, requiring them to cl …"

"… ey were cherry-picking the data.” In August 2010, 15 Republicans in the House and Senate made that very argument in a letter to then-EPA Admin …"

"… ess to derail the EPA’s assessment. In July 2011, language appeared in a House Appropriations Committee report ordering the EPA to take no action on its …"

Lauded public health researcher also worked for industry, revealing entanglements of science

By David Heath

A late UC Berkeley dean pushed public health reforms — while also working for industry, revealing the deep reach of corporate science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… of a town of 142 families a few miles from the borders of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dixon charged $10 or $20 for his brake jobs. Sometimes he accepted a …"

The mess gets worse at Hanford’s nuclear site

By Rebecca LaFlure

A scientific dispute over cleanup of one of the most polluted sites in the country threatens to ensnare the Energy Department’s leaders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ground, leak-prone steel tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State. But progress has been slow, the project’s budget is rising by bi …"

"… years ago, DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Washington agreed to start turning the waste into glass by 2011. But in 2010, the dea …"

"… tel in January 2012 without comment. Then, Judge Lonny Suko of the Eastern Washington U.S. District Court dismissed his lawsuits against DOE and URS partly beca …"

"… . In her complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Busche said that she was seen as a “roadblock to meeting deadlines.” …"

Are civilian nuclear plants vulnerable to terror attacks?

By Rebecca LaFlure

A new report underscores post-9/11 concerns that U.S. nuclear facilities could be tempting targets for attacks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… lity  meets or exceeds federal security requirements. David Moncton, director of MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, said MIT's device is small, keeps n …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… won the endorsement of nine Senate Republicans, along with the influential American Chemistry Council, a trade group.  A council spokesman called it “a balanced, compre …"

'Chemicals of Concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape

By Jim Morris

The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House OMB.

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… nd can seriously harm American innovation and jobs.” Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said publication of the list would not …"

EPA adds safeguards to spotlight conflicts on scientific panels

By David Heath and Ronnie Greene

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new steps Friday to help reveal potential conflicts of interest in scientific review panels.

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… ence at the agency,” Perciasepe said in a statement. Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, has been outspoken about industry influ …"

How industry scientists stalled action on carcinogen

By David Heath

Tens of millions of Americans drink tap water tainted with chromium. But industry pushback has made it hard for the EPA to regulate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… onent, the company where Paustenbach served as vice president and its most senior scientist, was being paid by an industry group focusing attention on the blue-ribbon …"

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

By David Heath and Ronnie Greene

An EPA panel appointed to study hexavalent chromium included scientists who had consulted for industry in lawsuits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… er, an independent consultant who once worked at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, a North Carolina research institute formed in the 1970s by leade …"

"… of pharmacology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences who had conducted numerous studies on the metal. Patierno, now th …"

Asbestos deaths bring 16-year sentence

By Jim Morris

In a case followed around the world, two former business executives were convicted in Italy of manslaughter in 3,000 deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… disregard for human life and call it routine business,” Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, said in an email …"

'Chemicals of concern' list stuck at OMB

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

A proposed EPA list of 'chemicals of concern' has been under review by the White House budget office for 638 days

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… rm regulation of toxic chemicals.Big chemical companies seem most worried. ExxonMobil, for instance, argued that two of its chemicals used to make plastics flex …"

EPA agrees to reveal secret identities of potentially risky chemicals

By Chris Hamby

EPA reveals identities of potentially risky chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… tiality] claims is no longer going to be allowed,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy group.In a sta …"

Congress ponders corn ethanol tax credit as production of plant waste ethanol lags

By Jim Morris

A 2007 federal law envisioned a bright future for cellulosic ethanol, an environment-friendly fuel made of wood chips, switch grass, corn st

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… nual “$6 billion giveaway to the oil companies,” said Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists.The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard …"

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 "chemical":

"… Freund, 49, has brain cancer, which he blames on careless practices at a chemical plant just north of his home. He’s among 17 current or former residents …"

"… ies, including McCullom Lake Village.”To be sure, proving a link between chemical exposure and cancer is difficult, especially in the courtroom, where many …"

"… Rohm and Haas is “very, very significant because vinyl chloride is a bad chemical,” said Rena Steinzor, a law professor at the University of Maryland and …"

"… an ingredient in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and a byproduct of some chemical processes — and brain cancer. Experts for Rohm and Haas argue that the l …"

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 "National Science Foundation":

"… dustry-funded research always reliable? A pair of scientists funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the EPA scrutinized a   …"

Did the FDA miss signals on a troubled heart drug?

By Jeanne Lenzer

It has been a rough eight months for the drug maker Actavis, Inc. and its powerful heart drug, Digitek. Following repeated Food and Drug Adm

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… e group is currently analyzing the data and, according to Thomas J. Moore, senior scientist with ISMP.Other outside experts remain concerned. Jerome Hoffman, a profes …"

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 "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 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 …"

Closing in on human cloning

By M. Asif Ismail and Agustín Armendariz

The federal government is funding research in primate cloning technology. Why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior scientist":

"… technology in primates was recorded in Oregon in 1997, when a team led by senior scientist Wolf produced sibling rhesus monkeys from cloned monkey embryos. The break …"