Chemicals

"Monsanto’s Sway Over Research Is Seen in Disclosed Emails"

"Documents released Tuesday in a lawsuit against Monsanto raised new questions about the company’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup."

Source: NY Times, 08/02/2017

Battling Mosquitoes: The Fog of Chemical Warfare

Mosquitoes are not just annoyances. They also bring disease. But is the current patchwork of mosquito-control efforts effective? Or are the remedies, particularly pesticide spraying, worse than the problem? This week's Tipsheet has resources to help you report on balancing the risks of disease against those of spraying.

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"Pruitt Says EPA Will Create ‘Top-10’ List For Superfund Cleanup"

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed Tuesday to cut through bureaucratic red tape that has slowed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites and follow a task force’s recommendations to act more boldly in holding companies responsible for past contamination."

Source: Washington Post, 07/26/2017

Trump EPA Chem Safety Pick Was in the 'Business of Blessing' Pollution

"Michael Dourson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, founded and ran a toxicology consulting firm whose work enabled DuPont to avoid providing clean water to people in West Virginia after the company contaminated the area around one of its plants with a dangerous industrial chemical."

Source: The Intercept, 07/25/2017

Senate Confirms David Bernhardt, Trump Nominee For No. 2 Interior Post

"Colorado native David Bernhardt’s nomination by President Donald Trump to the post of deputy Interior secretary was confirmed Monday by the U.S. Senate, despite concerns from Democrats who call him a Washington insider and from conservationists worried about his environmental record."

Source: Denver Post, 07/25/2017

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