Chemicals

"In W. Virginia, Frack Wastewater May Be Messing With Hormones"

"Waste leaching from frack disposal wells are the likely source of a spike in endocrine-disrupting compounds in downstream waterway—a troubling sign given the roughly 36,000 disposal sites across the U.S."

Source: EHN, 04/07/2016

"DEET Seen as Safe for Pregnant Women Despite Limited Studies"

"This summer, some yellow-fever mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are expected to arrive along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere in the continental United States. Health officials are urging people to use insect repellents with DEET to avoid being bitten. The mounting evidence that the virus is strongly linked with birth defects makes this a priority for pregnant women. But is it safe to use repellents containing DEET with a baby on the way?"

Source: NY Times, 04/04/2016

"Toxic Chemical Still in Can Linings of Popular Foods"

"A new report from six health and environmental groups finds 67 percent of nearly 200 food cans from dozens of brands and retailers tested positive for Bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility and type-2 diabetes."

Source: ENS, 03/31/2016

"Group Seeks To 'Train The Media,' Sell Public On Chemicals"

"The chemical industry may be finding success influencing federal and state governments but must do more to win the hearts of the American public, a leader for a new nonprofit group linked to a controversial political consultant said last week."

Source: Greenwire, 03/29/2016

Maryland Honeybees Massacred; Bills Would Ban Home Use of Neonics

"In the end, Maryland lawmakers couldn’t ignore the same haunting story from beekeepers. “I go into winter with a really strong population, managed them to be fat and healthy, treated for mites, with plenty of food,” said Bonnie Raindrop, a keeper in Baltimore County. “But at the end of winter, you open your hives and they’re all dead.”

Source: Wash Post, 03/25/2016

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