Chemicals

"Strawberries Are in Big Trouble. Scientists Race To Find Solution."

EPA is trying to phase out the soil fumigant methyl bromide, on which the commercial strawberry crop has been dependent. Methyl bromide damages the ozone layer of the atmosphere. But the effort to find an adequate substitute has scientists scrambling.

Source: Wash Post, 08/06/2015

Results May Not Match Rhetoric After Obama 2013 Chem Security Order

"Two years after President Obama issued a landmark executive order setting federal priorities for advancing chemical security, a slew of agencies continue to plod toward regulatory changes, to the frustration of some environment and public health organizations that would like to see faster improvements."

Source: Greenwire, 08/03/2015

Testing Cuts Blind Louisianans to Mercury Contamination in Water, Fish

"Seven years after the end of a much-lauded program to monitor mercury in Louisiana’s waterways, state officials lack updated data to warn people about any potential contamination in the fish they catch and eat."

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 07/28/2015
August 12, 2015

DEADLINE: IJNR Chesapeake Bay Institute

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources will take journalists to Maryland, Sep 15-20, 2015, to explore threats to the Chesapeake Bay region, including nonpoint source pollution, depleted fisheries, and a population that grows by 100,000 residents each year. Apply by Aug 12.

"Health Officials Kill Proposal To Curb Mercury Dental Fillings"

"Senior U.S. health officials have squelched a Food and Drug Administration proposal that for the first time would have curbed dentists’ use of mercury – one of the planet’s nastiest toxins because it attacks the central nervous system – in treating Americans’ decayed teeth."

Source: McClatchy, 07/22/2015

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