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Monday, October 20, 2008

 

Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
Regulatory Public Docket (7502P)
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Washington, DC 20460-0001

October 20, 2008

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

With no assessment of health risks to infants, federal regulators have approved a hormone-disrupting pesticide, triclosan, for use in 140 different types of consumer products including liquid hand soap, toothpaste, undergarments and children's

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

 

When a CDC website describes the possible medical effect of a pesticide like this

...may produce a variety of effects on the nervous system including headaches, blurred vision, watering of the eyes (called lacrimation), excessive salivation, runny nose, dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness or tremors, nausea, diarrhea, and sudden changes in heart rate...
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

We talk a lot about pesticides around these parts, and with good reason. Marc Lame talks a lot about pesticides, too. He's an entomologist and professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and he's on a mission to stop the excessive and unnecessary use of pesticides in America's schools.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

 

Today's villain is brought to you by the letter C, for Coverup: Back in early June we posted a story about a couple of Jersey City journalists who were arrested for crossing police barricades to collect samples of contaminated soil on school grounds. That story revolved around a Paramus, NJ middle school and piles of soil contaminated with high levels of pesticides.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

JIM ANNESS / THE RECORD A Paramus police officer handcuffing reporter Michael Gartland on Saturday

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Earlier this week Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin announced his intention to offer a resolution to mark the 100th birthday of Rachel Carson . Sen. Tom Coburn from Oklahoma decided that the Senate was the wrong place to honor the woman who launched the national debate that would eventually ban certain dangerous pesticides.

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Tomorrow night, NBC will air “Loophole,” an episode on the crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which focuses on the controversial EPA rule allowing intentional dosing of people with pesticides.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Environment Agency (UK) has published its Top 100 eco-heroes as voted by their peers ("peers" is code for "the staff of The Environment Agency"). Many of the obvious trailblazers have made the cut. Not surprisingly, Rachel Carson takes first place for bringing awareness to the effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Got cockroaches? Grist's Umbra gives us a few eco-friendly tips for getting rid of the unwanted guests. I'm definitely bookmarking this one as I have little idea what crawlers may await me in the historic rowhouse I just moved into, and my roommate who works for Beyond Pesticides would exterminate me if I let the landlord spray the nasty stuff.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

From The Guradian (UK): Consumers are being routinely exposed to unsafe levels of pesticide residues in their food which are nevertheless still within legal limits, campaigners warn today.

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

At least one pesticide was found in each of 168 daycare centers tested in a recent study by EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. While noting that concentrations found were generally low, researcher Nicolle Tulve did stress that there no health advisories or national standards currently exist for such exposure levels.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Environmental Science and Technology reports on a study finding high levels of pesticides in the children of immigrant farmworkers. Of the farmworkers studied, researchers found that "40% of the mothers and 30% of the fathers had not received training in pesticide handling, a violation of U.S. EPA regulations."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Officials in Massachusetts have begun aerial fumigation of the Southestern part of the state with the pesticide Anvil. The enemy: mosquitos capable of carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, of which two cases have been reported in Massachusetts this year. [Boston Globe]

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Several articles from recent news.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The body burden ball just keeps getting bigger, this time with test results from 10 Washington residents, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition of Washington State tested for the usual suspects -- fire retardants, pesticides, mercury, lead and phthalates -- among others, and found five to seven of eight classes of chemicals in each participant.

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Friday, March 3, 2006

No point rewriting Marian Burros' lead from Wednesday's New York Times: "The House is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that w

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A new EPA study fed 23 Seattle children an all-organic diet for a week and saw the pesticide levels in their blood drop to virtually zero. As soon as the kids started back on their conventional diets, their pesticide levels rocketed back up.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Tomato giant Ag-Mart couldn't be in bigger trouble in North Carolina for alleged pesticide violations that may have caused birth defects in three field workers' children, but the state ag department says it's powerless to ensure that the company shapes up.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

AP reports that some Washington state farmers may have faked results in tests of a federal conservation program designed to reduce

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