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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks About Glyphosate Cancer Review a Secret 19.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto's influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company's Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) after exposure to Roundup herbicide, and that Monsanto has spent decades covering up cancer risks linked to the chemical. Lawyers for the plaintiffs want the court to lift a seal on documents that detail Monsanto's interactions with former top EPA brass Jess Rowland regarding the EPAs' safety assessment of glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Roundup. Monsanto turned the documents over in discovery but marked them "confidential," a designation ...
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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides 18.1.2017 Washington Post
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides
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Scott Pruitt is a Dangerous Pick to Lead the EPA 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Almost half a century ago, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency banned the deadly pesticide DDT . He not only protected millions of Americans from DDT's harmful effects, but also rescued the national bird, the bald eagle, from near extinction. The National Audubon Society and its members helped lead that epic change. The primary job of the EPA-created 47 years ago by a Republican administration-is to safeguard America's health. The same clean air and water that is good for our kids and families is also good for birds, wildlife and wild places. That is why Audubon opposes Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the agency , the first time in the agency's history we have taken this kind of stance on a nominee for this position. During his six years as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt worked aggressively to dismantle the EPA's scientifically grounded protections for cleaner air and water. He filed or joined 13 lawsuits against EPA and settled even more against polluters that would permit ...
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‘Clean eating’ is a fuzzy term 15.1.2017 Washington Post
It means different things to different people, and that’s okay.
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EPA Botches Bee-Toxic Pesticide Risk Assessments 13.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Yesterday, the U.S.

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EPA Acknowledges Neonics' Harm to Bees, Then 'Bows to Pesticide Industry' 13.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators.

One was its "Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products." It states that the "policy is not a regulation or an order and, therefore, does not legally compel changes to pesticide product registrations."

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5 best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2017 12.1.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

This could be the year you decide to stop working for someone else and start your own business. While your individual skills and interests are key to determining what type of venture to pursue, the last thing you want to do is start a business in an industry with a gloomy outlook. Here are five […]
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Bee found in Minnesota placed on endangered species list 11.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to protect the rusty patched bumble bee, but it says the public can help by planting native flowers, limiting pesticide use and leaving native habitat where bees can overwinter.
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Bumble Bee Species Is First In Continental U.S. To Be On Endangered List 10.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the first time ever, federal officials have added a North American bumble bee to the endangered species list. The rusty patched bumble bee , or Bombus affinis, has dwindled rapidly in recent decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday. Historically, the pollinator spanned 28 states in the upper Midwest and Northeast, plus Washington D.C. and two Canadian provinces. Yet due to a handful of factors  ― including the destruction of its native grassland habitat, disease, increased pesticide use, global climate change and intensive farming (which leads to a loss of crop diversity and flowering plants) ― the bee has only been spotted in 13 states and one Canadian province since 2000. In terms of population and range, that’s a decrease of around 90 percent in the last two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council says. “We are very pleased to see one of North America’s most imperiled species receive the protection it needs,” said Sarina Jepsen, the director of endangered species at the ...
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APNewsBreak: Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered 10.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press it was adding the bee to the […]
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Watering after pesticide use kills 4 children 3.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
The act of watering the ground after applying pesticide may seem innocuous, but it was enough to kill four children in Texas.
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Hawaii residents renew push for stricter pesticide rules 3.1.2017 Seattle Times: Local

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents concerned about pesticide use by major agriculture companies on the islands are planning a push to strengthen regulation over chemicals they fear harm their health. The divisive issue has drawn thousands to the Legislature in recent years following incidents where schoolchildren and agriculture workers fell ill and some suspected their […]
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4 children die from toxic gas from pesticide 3.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on an applied pesticide, causing a reaction that resulted in toxic gas, officials in Amarillo, Texas, said.
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4 children die in Texas gas poisoning; others injured 3.1.2017 AP National
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) -- A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials said Monday....
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Rethinking The Cost of War 1.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Mike Hixenbaug, The Virginian-Pilot, and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

What responsibility — if any — does a nation have to those who weren't drafted into service, but who may have been harmed nonetheless?

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Homeowners have a legal right to be notified when HOAs spray pesticides near their units 1.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Question: I live in a high-rise where each unit has a private balcony. A dog walker routinely takes my next-door neighbor’s small dogs for off-site exercise and grooming. The minute they leave, my neighbor springs into action with aerosol pest control spray cans. Everything is saturated with that...

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Dr. Orange: The Scientist Who Insists Agent Orange Isn't Hurting America's Veterans 25.12.2016 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared on ProPublica and the Virginian-Pilot . A few years ago, retired Maj. Wes Carter was picking his way through a stack of internal Air Force memos, searching for clues that might help explain his recent heart attack and prostate cancer diagnosis. His eyes caught on several recommendations spelled out in all capital letters: "NO ADDITIONAL SAMPLING…" "DESTROY ALL…" "IMMEDIATE DESTRUCTION…" A Pentagon consultant was recommending that Air Force officials quickly and discreetly chop up and melt down a fleet of C-123 aircraft that had once sprayed the toxic herbicide Agent Orange across Vietnam. The consultant also suggested how to downplay the risk if journalists started asking questions: "The longer this issue remains unresolved, the greater the likelihood of outside press reporting on yet another 'Agent Orange Controversy.'" The Air Force, Carter saw in the records , had followed those suggestions. Carter, now 70, had received the 2009 memos in response to public records ...
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Lawsuit Launched to Save Lynx, Wolves, Condors, Other Endangered Animals From Deadly Pesticides Used to Kill Predators 22.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Conservation and animal-welfare groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect imperiled mammals and birds from two deadly pesticides used to kill coyotes and other predators. The suit seeks common-sense mitigation measures to prevent exposure of the poisons to nontarget predatory and scavenging animals, including grizzly bears, Canada lynx, wolves and California ...
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Cancer Questions, Controversy and Chorus at EPA Glyphosate Meetings 17.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In terms of entertainment value, the Environmental Protection Agency had it all this week. The agency held a four-day-long gathering of scientists aimed at the rather dry task of analyzing numerous research studies connected to cancer concerns swirling around a chemical called glyphosate. Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide and is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup brand. But along with the slicing and dicing of data came razor sharp debate, questions about chemical industry influence over regulators, and even a bit of theater as one group of environmental activists interrupted proceedings to break out in song . Their refrain? "Monsanto is the Devil. No Glyphosate." The meetings brought together a roster of scientists with expertise in epidemiology, toxicology and related expertise to advise the EPA on whether or not the agency has properly determined that the weight of evidence indicates glyphosate is "not likely to be carcinogenic" to humans. The determination runs counter ...
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