Toxics

European Union Restricts Bee-Harming Insecticides

European Union Restricts Bee-Harming Insecticides

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 29, 2013 (ENS) – The European Commission will restrict the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides harmful to bees, imposing the world’s first continental ban on the popular chemicals. The proposal...

 

Plastics Chemical Bisphenol A May Harm Brain Development

Plastics Chemical Bisphenol A May Harm Brain Development

  DURHAM, North Carolina, February 25, 2013 (ENS) – Environmental exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastics and resins, may suppress a gene vital to nerve cell function and to the development of the central nervous system,...

 

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Cancers: WHO/UNEP Report

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Cancers: WHO/UNEP Report

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 19, 2013 (ENS) – Chemicals in household and industrial products that disrupt the human hormone system are linked to high global rates of breast, ovarian, prostate, testicular and thyroid cancers, warns...

 

EU Prepares to Ban Three Pesticides Harmful to Bees

EU Prepares to Ban Three Pesticides Harmful to Bees

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 1, 2013 (ENS) – Three pesticides that harm bees will be banned from application to flowering crops in Europe as of July 1, under new proposals issued by the European Commission. “This hugely significant...

 

U.S. EPA Bans D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products

U.S. EPA Bans D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2013 (ENS) – The only rodenticide producer that has refused to adopt the U.S. EPA’s safety standards for all of its consumer products has lost federal authorization to sell its products in the United...

 

Governments Strike First Global Mercury Control Treaty

Governments Strike First Global Mercury Control Treaty

  GENEVA, Switzerland, January 26, 2013 (ENS) – A worldwide ban on the manufacture, export and import of batteries and other products that contain mercury will be in place by 2020 under the provisions of the world’s first treaty...

 

Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide

Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide

  SACRAMENTO, California, January 25, 2013 (ENS) – Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products. The...

 

Chemical Cocktails Undermine Europeans’ Reproductive Health

Chemical Cocktails Undermine Europeans’ Reproductive Health

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 22, 2009 (ENS) – EU Environment ministers meeting in Brussels today expressed concerns that the health of Europeans and the environment may not be well protected from the combined effects of multiple...

 

Jury Awards BP Workers $100 Million in Toxic Exposure Case

Jury Awards BP Workers $100 Million in Toxic Exposure Case

GALVESTON, Texas, December 21, 2009 (ENS) – A federal jury in Galveston Friday awarded more than $100 million to 10 plaintiffs who claimed that they were exposed or injured in a series of toxic emissions in early 2007 at the BP oil refinery...

 

Toxic Flame Retardant Will Be Phased Out by 2014

Toxic Flame Retardant Will Be Phased Out by 2014

  CHICAGO, Illinois, December 17, 2009 (ENS) – The two U.S. producers of the toxic flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), Albemarle Corporation and Chemtura Corporation, and the largest U.S. importer of this chemical,...

 

UN to Assess Contaminated Oil Production Sites in Niger Delta

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, November 30, 2009 (ENS) – An environmental assessment of the pollution left by decades of oil production in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta was jointly launched Friday by the Governor of Rivers State and the...

 

Maryland Coal Ash Landfill Leaks Trigger Lawsuit Threat

WASHINGTON, DC, November 23, 2009 (ENS) – Concerns about toxics discharged from an unlined coal ash waste dump in suburban Washington, DC have prompted four environmental groups to give formal notice that they intend to sue Mirant MD Ash...

 

Coal Pollution Undermines America’s Health, Physicians Advise

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2009 (ENS) – Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory...

 

Toxic Fish Found in Lakes, Reservoirs Across 47 States

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 11, 2009 (ENS) – Fish from lakes and reservoirs across the Lower 48 U.S. states are riddled with toxic chemicals, according to a new study released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mercury...

 

Pesticide Levels Lower in Corn Belt Rivers

  RESTON, Virginia, November 9, 2009 (ENS) – Concentrations of 11 major pesticides declined or stayed the same in Corn Belt rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, finds a new U.S. Geological Survey study released today. Scientists...

 

EPA Proposes Labeling to Control Pesticide Drift, Evaluates Petition

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2009 (ENS) – Pesticide labeling to reduce off-target spray and dust drift was proposed today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new instructions are aimed at improving the clarity and consistency...

 

Tanker Spills Heavy Black Oil into San Francisco Bay

ALAMEDA, California, October 31, 2009 (ENS) – Cleanup operations continue today in response to an oil spill from a tanker into San Francisco Bay Friday morning. Bunker fuel was being pumped into the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Dubai...

 

Murphy Oil Sued Over Air Pollution From Meraux Refinery

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, October 29, 2009 (ENS) – Student attorneys at Tulane University’s Environmental Law Clinic are taking on a giant oil company on behalf of a community group suffering from air pollutants released into...

 

EPA’s Secret Plan to Raise Public Radiation Exposure Levels Challenged

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2009 (ENS) – Public employees have filed a lawsuit demanding documents related to the U.S. EPA’s plans made “in secrecy” to allow public exposure to increased levels of radioactivity...

 

Toxic Face Paint Makes for Scary Halloween

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 28, 2009 (ENS) – Some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin that can harm the brain at low doses, according to new product tests documented in a report from the Campaign for Safe...

 
 
 
 

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