Farmworkers Face Highest Risk of Pesticide Poisonings, EPA Worker Protection Standards Failing

  (Beyond Pesticides, December 8, 2008) A new study by a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researcher finds the pesticide poisoning incidence rate among U.S. agricultural workers is thirty-nine times higher than the incidence rate found in all other industries combined. The study, “Acute Pesticide Poisoning Among Agricultural Workers in the United […]

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U.S. Chemical Company Challenges Pesticide Ban

  http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/peterson_nafta-10-22-2008 by Luke Eric Peterson Published October 22 2008 The issue of free trade was largely a non-issue during our recent federal election. However, the North American Free Trade Agreement might have garnered a few headlines if the Feds had disclosed that U.S. chemical giant Dow signaled in late August that it is gearing […]

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Initiative Improves Pest Management in Boston’s Public Housing

  (Beyond Pesticides, September 16, 2008) Responding to grassroots pressure highlighting the impact of pests and pesticides on public health, the Boston Public Housing Authority (BHA) is promoting integrated pest management (IPM) through its Healthy Pest Free Housing Initiative Project (HPFHI) in the city’s public housing facilities. The program, which was launched after the Committee […]

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EPA Drops Value of an American Life

  By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Posted: 2008-07-10 20:51:11 Filed Under: Health News, Nation News, Science News WASHINGTON (July 10) – It’s not just the American dollar that’s losing value. A government agency has decided that an American life isn’t worth what it used to be. The “value of a statistical life” is $6.9 million in […]

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Chemical Law Has Global Impact E.U.’s New Rules Forcing Changes By U.S. Firms

  By Lyndsey Layton Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 12, 2008; A01 Europe this month rolled out new restrictions on makers of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems, changes that are forcing U.S. industries to find new ways to produce a wide range of everyday products. The new laws in the European […]

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Fed Launches Organic Lawn Management in Capitol Region

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 9, 2008) The General Services Administration (GSA) has begun using organic fertilizer on the grounds of all its federal buildings in the National Capital Region. The region, which is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, includes the District of Columbia, as well parts of Virginia and Maryland. According to the U.S. […]

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Researchers Looking For Alternatives to DEET

  (Beyond Pesticides, May 28, 2008) Researchers have begun preliminary work to find suitable and safe alternatives to the widely used mosquito repellent DEET. Several possibilities have been identified, which repel mosquitoes for longer periods of time, but their safety for use on humans still needs to be investigated. Researchers, with funding from the Department […]

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Chemical Industry’s Influence at EPA Probed

  By Lyndsey Layton Washington Post Staff Writer Washington Post – Friday, April 4, 2008 A congressional committee is investigating ties between the chemical industry and expert review panels hired by the Environmental Protection Agency to help it determine safe levels for a variety of chemical compounds. Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), chairman of the […]

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EPA exempts some pesticide use

  H.JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Tue, Nov. 21, 2006 WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that pesticides can be applied over and near bodies of water without a permit under the federal Clean Water Act. The decision brought immediate criticism from an environmental watchdog group and from a senator involved in environmental issues. […]

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Appeals Court Upholds EPA Pesticide Rule Allowing Ozone-Depleting Pesticide

  (Beyond Pesticides, August 31, 2006) A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a pesticide rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2004, saying that the regulation does not violate the Clean Air Act even though it may conflict with an international environmental treaty signed by the U.S. that phases out the use […]

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