Effects of Agent Orange Continue Decades After Vietnam

  (Beyond Pesticides, August 30, 2006) Kerry Ryan, a symbol in the fight against Agent Orange, died Monday at 35 of kidney failure. Her father, Michael Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran, attributes her battle with 22 major birth defects to his exposure to the chemical while serving in the war. Mr. Ryan said, “She belongs […]

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EPA Completes Pesticide Review- Are our Children Better Protected?

  (Beyond Pesticides, August 7, 2006) August 3, 2006 marked the congressionally mandated deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) safety review of thousands of widely used pesticide products, from home lawn weed killers to insecticides used in food production. The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996 required EPA to review and reregister food […]

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EPA Pesticide Program Evaluated, Performance Questioned

  (Beyond Pesticides, August 4, 2006) The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has issued an evaluation report of the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), entitled Measuring the Impact of the Food Quality Protection Act: Challenges and Opportunities, in time for EPA’s August 3, 2006 final tolerance approval deadline for 231 food […]

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Unions Say EPA Bends to Political Pressure

  August 2, 2006 New York Times By MICHAEL JANOFSKY WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 – Unions representing thousands of staff scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency say the agency is bending to political pressure and ignoring sound science in allowing a group of toxic chemicals to be used in agricultural pesticides. Leaders of several federal employee […]

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States to EPA: Label all hazards in pesticides

  http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2006/08/01/states_to_epa_label_all_hazards_in_pesticides?mode=PF By Michael Gormley, Associated Press Writer | August 1, 2006   ALBANY, N.Y. –Fourteen states including Connecticut moved on Tuesday to force the Bush administration to require manufacturers to disclose even “inert” ingredients that the state officials say pose an undisclosed health hazard in pesticides. The federal Environmental Protection Agency requires “active” toxic […]

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EPA Scientists Protest Pending Pesticide Approvals Unacceptable Risk to Children and Political Pressure on Scientists Decried

  By: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Published: May 25, 2006 at 08:06 In an unprecedented action, representatives for thousands of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists are publicly objecting to imminent agency approval for a score of powerful, controversial pesticides, according to a letter released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The scientists […]

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Scientists union opposes EPA’s pesticide-test plan

  Proposal on human experimentation raises ethical concerns, agency employees say By Andrew Schneider Baltimore Sun reporter Originally published December 8, 2005 The union representing scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency added its voice yesterday to critics who are protesting the agency’s proposed rule for human experimentation in testing pesticides. The rule, which Congress ordered […]

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Children’s Advisers Ask EPA To Boost Ban On Child Pesticide Testing

  Johnson, who is working to shepherd a rule that allows limited third-party human pesticide exposure studies through the agency on an expedited basis, already faces pressure following similar concerns raised by congressional leaders and environmentalists‚ the agency is moving to allow submission of studies involving human subjects from other realms, such as academia or […]

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Public Interest Groups Ask Government To Ban Common Households Products Containing Controversial Germ-Fighting Ingredient

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 25, 2005 Contact: Jay Feldman, Beyond Pesticides, 202-543-5450 Lara Cushing, Center for Environmental Health, 510-594-9864 http://www.beyondpesticides.org Public interest groups today petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the antibacterial agent triclosan in household products because of evidence that it causes health and environmental effects and leads to antibiotic […]

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Exceptions in new EPA rules would allow testing pesticides on children

  By Andrew Schneider Sun National Staff Originally published September 14, 2005 WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on human testing, which the agency said last week would “categorically” protect children and pregnant women from pesticide testing, include numerous exemptions – including one that specifically allows testing of children who have been “abused […]

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