Toxics

Ortho Bans Neonics, Bees Do Their Happy Dance

Ortho Bans Neonics, Bees Do Their Happy Dance

  MARYSVILLE, Ohio, April 12, 2016 (ENS) – Insect control giant Ortho today said the company would immediately begin phasing out neonicotinoid-based pesticides for outdoor use because they are deadly to valuable pollinators such as...

 

Toxins Found in 39% of U.S. Southeastern Streams

Toxins Found in 39% of U.S. Southeastern Streams

  RESTON, Virginia, February 21, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found toxins produced by algae, known as microcystins, in 39 percent of the small streams assessed in the southeastern United States. Their...

 

EPA Urged to Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

EPA Urged to Ban Widely-Used Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2016 (ENS) – Under the threat of a court order, the Environmental Protection Agency last October proposed a ban on all agricultural uses of the Dow AgroSciences insecticide chlorpyrifos. Now, more than...

 

Obama Signs Ban on Microbeads in Beauty Products

Obama Signs Ban on Microbeads in Beauty Products

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 29, 2015 (ENS) – President Barack Obama Monday signed into law a bill phasing out the manufacture of facewash, toothpaste and shampoo containing plastic microbeads by July 1, 2017 and the sale of these products...

 

Too Toxic: EPA Rejects Dow’s Herbicide Enlist Duo

Too Toxic: EPA Rejects Dow’s Herbicide Enlist Duo

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 25, 2015 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will vacate its approval of the Dow AgroSciences herbicide Enlist Duo after determining that its combination of chemicals could be more...

 

Arizona Copper Smelter to Slash Emissions, Pay $163M

Arizona Copper Smelter to Slash Emissions, Pay $163M

  PHOENIX, Arizona, November 4, 2015 (ENS) – Mexican copper miner, smelter, and refiner ASARCO must pay more than $163 million to settle U.S. government charges that the company broken the law by releasing hazardous air pollutants,...

 

Honey Bee Queens Harmed by Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Honey Bee Queens Harmed by Neonicotinoid Pesticides

  BERN, Switzerland, October 16, 2015 (ENS) – The first study to investigate the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bee queens finds that these chemicals may contribute to bee colony mortality by affecting queen health....

 

Taiwan City Seeks Safety After Deadly Gas Explosions

Taiwan City Seeks Safety After Deadly Gas Explosions

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, October 6, 2015 (ENS) – More than a year after the tragic 2014 gas explosions in Kaohsiung municipality, Taiwan citizens are still fighting their way to safety. Academic and civil groups are urging...

 

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Mercury Emissions Rule

Supreme Court Rejects EPA’s Mercury Emissions Rule

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 30, 2015 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5–4 decision Monday struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first national standards for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The...

 

Toxic Teethers Identified in Lab Tests

Toxic Teethers Identified in Lab Tests

  FRANKFURT, Germany, May 20, 2015 (ENS) – Endocrine disrupting chemicals, which can interfere with the actions of hormones in the body, are present in some plastic teethers for babies, new research reveals. The chemicals can leach...

 

RCA Taiwan Ex-Workers Win Pollution Lawsuit

RCA Taiwan Ex-Workers Win Pollution Lawsuit

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 17, 2015 (ENS) – The Taipei District Court has ruled in favor of former assembly line workers employed between 1970 and 1992 at the now-defunct electronics company Radio Corporation of America,...

 

Insecticide Blamed for Monarch Butterfly Decline

Insecticide Blamed for Monarch Butterfly Decline

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2015 (ENS) – The neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin is a likely contributor to monarch butterfly declines in North America, finds new research by a team from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Theirs...

 

Common Herbicide Glyphosate a ‘Probable Human Carcinogen’

Common Herbicide Glyphosate a ‘Probable Human Carcinogen’

  LYON, France, March 26, 2015 (ENS) – Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency within...

 

U.S. EPA Forced to Review Toxic Dust Limits

U.S. EPA Forced to Review Toxic Dust Limits

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2015 (ENS) – A chemist with the U.S. EPA who protested for years that the agency’s toxic dust standard is scientifically inaccurate and jeopardized the lives of 9/11 first responders, has won a lawsuit...

 

Anadarko Pays Record $5.15 Billion Environmental Settlement

Anadarko Pays Record $5.15 Billion Environmental Settlement

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2015 (ENS) – Anadarko Petroleum Corp. today paid a record $5.15 billion settlement to the U.S. government and others – the largest environmental enforcement recovery payment ever obtained in a lawsuit...

 

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

  KARONGA, Malawi, November 25, 2014 (ENS) – Paladin Africa Ltd, which mines uranium ore in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga, has come under fire from a coalition of Malawian civil society groups and chiefs over its proposal...

 

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

High Phthalate Levels in Males Delays Pregnancy in Partners

  ROCKVILLE, Maryland, March 5, 2014 (ENS) – Women whose male partners have high concentrations of three common forms of phthalates, chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products, take longer to become pregnant than women in couples...

 

Duke Raked Over the Coals for 35 Million Gallon Ash Spill

Duke Raked Over the Coals for 35 Million Gallon Ash Spill

  WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, February 26, 2014 (ENS) – An estimated 35 million gallons of arsenic-contaminated water and ash has spilled into the Dan River since February 2, when a stormwater pipe broke beneath an unlined coal...

 

Toxics Pervade Kids’ Products, Washington Disclosure Law Shows

Toxics Pervade Kids’ Products, Washington Disclosure Law Shows

  SEATTLE, Washington, February 6, 2014 (ENS) – Makers of children’s products report that they are using toxic chemicals in children’s toys, clothing, safety products and bedding. The reports were filed with the State...

 

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees’ Foodgathering Ability

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Harm Bees’ Foodgathering Ability

  BRIGHTON, UK, January 29, 2014 (ENS) – Controversial pesticides ingested by bumble bees can seriously impact the insects’ ability to collect food, even at very low levels of contamination, finds new research from the University...

 
 
 
 

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