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EPA Readies List of Dangerous Chemicals

The EPA is reportedly preparing a list of potentially dangerous chemicals: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/12/21/risky-business-epa-builds-list-of-potentially-dangerous-chemica/?icid=maing&a_dgi=aolshare_facebook. Several pesticides used in lawn and garden care will reportedly make the list. ...

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LETTER TO EPA: Take Immediate Action to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticide

SafeLawns has obtained this letter, dated today, to the EPA: The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ariel Rios Building, MC 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20004 Dear Administrator Jackson: (FROM) National Honey Bee Advisory Board; American Beekeeping Federation; American Honey Producers Association; Beyond Pesticides; Pesticide Action Network North ...

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Don’t Touch Those California Strawberries

In a move that enraged environmentalists, the state of California moved to allow the controversial pesticide methyl iodide to be used on strawberry fields. Here is a synopsis from Beyond Pesticides: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=4600. Here is an op-ed from the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/12/04/3231811/inexplicably-state-approves-new.html#ixzz179Hk4ZNe. ...

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Deaths of Toddlers Results in EPA Action

We reported the Utah tragedy of two sisters dying in February after a pesticide application around their home. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency responded by restricting the pesticide in question. Here's the story: http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14837495 ...

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Wives of Pesticide Applicators at Risk

The American Journal of Epidemiology, which publishes studies on long-term cause-and-effect relationships of disease, recently found that wives of licensed pesticide applicators are up to 40 percent more likely to suffer thyroid disorders. Here is a link to Reuters' coverage of the study: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61B54U20100212 ...

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RISE Launches New Propaganda Site

Full of exaggerations, half truths, mis-truths, fear-mongering and flat-out lies, a new web site was launched this past week by the pro-pesticide lobby group known ridiculously as the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment. Called DeBugtheMyths (dot) com, the site might as well have been called PesticideClouds, SmokeScreens, or SlickPropagandaForProfit. I wish we had the money they spent to put the si ...

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EPA Moves Again to Expose “Inert” Ingredients

As reported here on Oct. 3, the EPA is finally making noise about exposing so-called "inert" ingredients in pesticides. Here's today's release. Read it closely; the EPA wants your comments. This is a great opportunity to overturn a decades-long travesty: CONTACT: Dale Kemery kemery.dale@epa.gov 202-564-7839 202-564-4355 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2009 EPA Seeks to Disclose Pesticide Inert Ingredient ...

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EPA to Review Atrazine

Continuing a promising pattern of pesticide reviews that includes imidacloprid, Roundup and a general unveiling of "inert" ingredients — all reported here in previous blogs — the agency reported last week that it will expand its overview of the research concerning atrazine's health impacts on humans. Beyond Pesticides has the story here: www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=2539 ...

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