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  • Fears over pesticide exposure in the month of conception

    New research reveals that babies conceived in the spring and summer are more likely than others to be born with birth defects. One possible cause is the levels of pesticides in surface water happen to peak at the same time. The study, published in the US medical journal Acta Pædiatrica links the increasing number of birth defects in children of women whose last menstrual period occurred in April ...

  • Campaign launched to reduce cancers due to pesticide exposure

    Two health and environment groups have come together to launch a campaign to prevent cancers that are associated with exposure to pesticides. It will be known as the Pesticides and Cancer Campaign. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) based in Brussels and the Mouvement pour le Droit et le Respect des Générations Futures in Paris believe that stricter regulation on the use of herbicides, ...

  • Long-term effects of low-dose pesticide exposure in the environment

    Non-target aquatic wildlife species may be more vulnerable to pesticides’ effects, with repeated exposure to low doses over the long-term, if they compete with other species for food, according to a recent study. Understanding how this process occurs can help those undertaking risk assessments and managing pesticides in the natural environment. Pesticides used in agriculture can affect ...

  • NRDC Sues EPA to Ban Two Toxic Pesticides in Pet Flea Collars

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking EPA to respond to NRDC’s petitions to ban two hazardous pesticides used in popular pet flea treatment products. Due to concerns that the products can harm children’s brains and nervous systems, the agency has severely restricted household ...

  • Senate Subcommittee holds hearing regarding current science on public exposure to toxic chemicals

    Today the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health held a hearing entitled 'Current Science on Public Exposures to Toxic Chemicals.' Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Chair of the Subcommittee, criticized the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for failing to provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the necessary ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Computing toxic chemicals

    A new computational method for working out in advance whether a chemical will be toxic will be reporting in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics. There is increasing pressure on the chemical and related industries to ensure that their products comply with increasing numbers of safety regulations. Providing regulators, intermediary users and consumers ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Childhood Pesticide Poisoning Risks are Real

    In 1990, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that some 79,000 children were involved in common household pesticide poisonings or exposures. In households with children under five years old, almost one-half stored at least one pesticide product within reach of children.   According to a recent survey, 75 percent of U.S. households used at least one pesticide product ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Toxic-free Ontario - CELA releases toxic use reduction model law

    The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has released its model toxic use reduction law. For the past year CELA has worked with other environmental, health and worker groups to frame a model law to reduce our use and reliance on toxic substances in manufacturing, workplaces and consumer products in Ontario. 'Concerned parents, workers, and consumers in Ontario support widespread ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Phosgene testing recommended to prevent worker exposure

    EMSL Analytical offers testing solutions to ensure safe work environments across many industries. Phosgene is a colorless gas that is used as an industrial reagent and building block in organic synthesis in numerous manufacturing processes. Small amounts of phosgene also occur naturally from the breakdown and combustion of chlorinated compounds and chlorine containing organic compounds. It is a ...


  • US to increase awareness of danger of pesticide poisoning in the household

    Every 13 seconds, a US poison control center receives a call about an unintentional poisoning. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that more than 50 percent of the two million poisoning incidents each year involve children younger than six years old. In 2006, poison centers reported more than 77,000 calls made to poison centers with concerns about potential exposure to ...

  • EPA rules will strengthen pesticide safety on farms

    The Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening 20-year-old rules designed to protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides. New rules announced by the EPA on Monday will bar almost anyone under 18 from handling pesticides and require buffer zones around treated fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farm owners and their family members would be exempt from the rules. Under the new ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA to strengthen oversight of pesticide’s impact on children and farmworkers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to strengthen its assessment of pesticide health risks. EPA’s proposal would include a more thorough assessment of risks to workers, including farmworkers and farm children, as well as risks posed by pesticides that are not used on food. The agency is asking the public to comment on the new approach and how best to implement the improvements. EPA ...

  • EPA launches a new pesticides web page

    On August 19th the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new web page to better protect human health and the environment from pesticides. The website, “explains the development and evaluation of new technologies in molecular, cellular, and computational sciences to supplement or replace more traditional methods of toxicity testing and risk assessment.”According to the EPA website the ...


  • Caribbean Vacationers Exposed to Pesticide Banned for Indoor Use

    Recently, a family from Delaware traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands on vacation.  Unknown to the family, the resort where the family stayed had recently been treated for pests with an agricultural pesticide that has been banned for use indoors.  Upon arriving at the resort, the family became ill and was rushed to a nearby hospital after some family members suffered seizures.  Two ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Chemical exposures cost California $2.6 billion in 2004

    High mercury levels and more than 100 synthetic chemicals and pollutants have been found in breast milk, umbilical-cord blood, and other bodily tissues of California residents, yet state laws regulating hazardous chemicals have serious gaps and fail to protect public health and the environment, finds a new report by researchers at the University of California. As a result, diseases among ...

  • How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?

    Spanish and Dutch researchers have evaluated the environmental impact of chemical pollutants in wastewater in Spain. The results suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated. Water pollution is the main environmental concern for EU citizens, according to an EC ...

  • Safety measures proposed for soil fumigant pesticides

    New draft safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency last week require that users of these chemicals submit written, site-specific fumigant management plans before fumigations begin. All soil fumigant products will be classified as restricted-use pesticides, to ensure that only specially trained individuals can apply and oversee fumigant ...

  • EPA opens transparency window into pesticide registration decisions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is establishing a new transparent process that will allow the public to review and comment on risk assessments and proposed registration decisions for pesticides. This expanded process will apply to all new pesticide active ingredients and first food uses, first outdoor uses, and first residential uses. “This new process will give the public greater ...

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Convenes SemiAnnual Meeting

    On November 29-30, 2012, the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) convened its semiannual meeting in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices in Arlington, Virginia. This memorandum summarizes the presentations and topics discussed during the meeting, which were organized into ten substantive sessions: ...


    By Acta Group

  • Groups Tell EPA to Stop Expansion of Neurotoxic Pesticide Uses and Protect Health

    Beyond Pesticides, along with Center for Environmental Health, Farmworker Justice, Healthy Schools Network, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange and over 100 national, state and local grassroots organizations, told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect public health and eliminate unnecessary pyrethroid pesticides. The group criticized EPA's cumulative risk assessment, which concluded ...


    By Beyond Pesticides

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