Chemicals

"EPA to Promote Lead Testing Rule as Trump Tries to Burnish His Record"

"The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to overhaul the way communities test their water for lead, a policy change that will be pitched ahead of Election Day as a major environmental achievement for a president not noted for his conservation record."

Source: NYTimes, 09/28/2020

"EPA Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Children’s Brains"

"The Trump administration has rejected scientific evidence linking the pesticide chlorpyrifos to serious health problems, directly contradicting federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that it can stunt brain development in children."

Source: NYTimes, 09/24/2020

"In Arkansas, Backlash Against Pesticide Regulation Gets Personal"

"Twice in the past two months, vandals have struck Terry Fuller's farm, destroying tractor engines and burning stacks of hay. Each attack came immediately after Fuller appeared before Arkansas's state legislature on behalf of a state agency that's investigating farmers suspected of illegally using a herbicide called dicamba. Fuller doesn't think it's a coincidence."

Source: NPR, 09/24/2020

EPA Questions Science Linking Pesticide To Brain Damage In Children

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday diminished studies linking a widely-used pesticide associated with brain damage in children, a move that could enable years of continued use of controversial chlorpyrifos."

Source: The Hill, 09/23/2020

"US EPA Reapproves Atrazine"

"After reviewing the risks of atrazine for more than 7 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency says the widely used herbicide can stay on the market with some new restrictions. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced this final decision on Sept. 18, during an event in Missouri attended by farm-group leaders and local lawmakers."

Source: C&EN, 09/22/2020

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