Environmental Health

"With a Tick Boom, It’s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Fear"

"Everybody knows about Lyme disease. But experts say the Northern United States may be in for a bad tick season this summer, raising concerns about Lyme and other scary tick-borne diseases, including the Powassan virus, which causes encephalitis and can leave people with permanent neurological damage."

Source: NY Times, 07/05/2017

"Miami Beach Doctor Files Lawsuit To Stop Mosquito Spraying"

"A Miami Beach doctor who last year helped spearhead angry opposition to using the pesticide naled has filed an emergency request in federal court to stop Miami-Dade County from conducting aerial spraying in its seasonal battle against native marsh mosquitoes."

Source: Miami Herald, 07/05/2017

Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, EPA Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

"In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law."

Source: NY Times, 07/03/2017

"EPA Chief Met With Dow CEO Before Deciding On Pesticide Ban"

"The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press."

Source: AP, 06/28/2017

"California To List Glyphosate As Cancer-Causing; Monsanto Vows Fight"

"Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday."

Source: Reuters, 06/27/2017

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