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EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Pesticide ‘Puts All Chi...

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops. WASHINGTON — A leading organization of pediatricians warns that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s refusal to ban a widely used pesticide threatens the health of children, developing fetuses and pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Environmental Working...

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the...

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing materials, from cotton to synthetic fibers. And while the environmental consequences aren’t always clear, consumption is growing....

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses ...

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers. The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of...

Trump may shrink EPA, but effects in Ohio to be de...

President Donald Trump’s first few weeks have left Washington disoriented and environmentalists worried. The president’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a close ally of the fossil-fuel industry who says that scientific climate-change evidence is “far from settled” and that the agency’s staff and budget should be shrunk. In Congress, things are just as...

Unsealed Court Documents Suggest Monsanto Ghostwro...

Monsanto suffered a major setback Tuesday when a federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that call into question the agrichemical giant’s research practices and the safety of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, the world’s most-produced weedkiller. The documents counter industry-funded research that has long asserted Monsanto’s flagship product—used by home gardeners, public park gardeners and...

Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on S...

A scanning machine illuminating a bottle of Roundup, a weed killer, as it moved along a production line at a facility in Antwerp, Belgium, owned by Monsanto.Credit Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents By  DANNY HAKIM MARCH 14, 2017 nytimes.com | March 14, 2017 The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides  by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams | Study accuses agro-chemical industry of ignoring scientific studies on toxic impact while pushing ‘myth’ that pesticides are aiding world hunger Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its “systematic denial of harms” while, at the same...

Study Links Childhood Cancer and In-Home Pesticide...

 WASHINGTON – A new study by Harvard researchers provides disturbing evidence that children’s exposure to household insecticides is linked to higher risks of childhood leukemia and lymphoma, the most common cancers in children. The analysis also found an association between use of outdoor herbicides to lawns and gardens and higher risks of leukemia. “It is very troubling, albeit not surprising, to see additional scientific...

Does PEX Piping Affect Drinking Water Quality?

Researchers find that popular PEX plumbing may harm the water coming from the tap in your home. Plastic pipes generally are cheaper, lighter and easier to install than metal plumbing. So they’re the perfect choice for your home, right? Not so fast. Homeowners who installed a popular plastic pipe may want to filter water or flush their piping, say researchers studying cross-linked polyethylene piping, also called PEX...

Gov. John Kasich proposes water quality reforms to...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans would have to be notified within two days of unacceptable lead levels in their drinking water, under a proposal Gov. John Kasich plans to submit to state lawmakers. The proposed changes come months after the village of Sebring failed to notify its residents within 30 days of high lead levels in the water there. The water was tested in September 2015, but residents weren’t notified until...

12 lead advisories in Ohio: we can and must do bet...

Since the news broke of lead contamination in drinking water in Sebring, Ohio, the OEC has been diligently working on the issue. In less than a month, we’ve developed legislative concepts to fix the problems in the federal lead and copper rule using state law, and we’ve been sharing these proposals with congressional and state lawmakers. Last week, OEC’s Kristy Meyer met with the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ)...

10 of 14 Ohio water systems failed to alert reside...

Ten of the 14 water systems in Ohio that had advisories for lead contamination in effect last week had not properly notified people that their drinking water was tainted, a review of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records shows. And although those notifications were generally supposed to take place in October or November, it wasn’t until last week in most cases that the EPA issued violations. Most of the systems...

What the Science Says About Long-Term Damage From ...

Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Mich., where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may not show up until long after the cameras have left town. Lead intoxication or poisoning is somewhat of a misnomer. The levels of lead in the water in Flint in the last year or so will probably not lead to many seizures,...

Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Fli...

In Sebring, Ohio, routine laboratory tests last August found unsafe levels of lead in the town’s drinking water after workers stopped adding a chemical to keep lead water pipes from corroding. Five months passed before the city told pregnant women and children not to drink the water, and shut down taps and fountains in schools. In 2001, after Washington, D.C., changed how it disinfected drinking water, lead in tap water at...

10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flin...

News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the...