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"A Legal Victory for the (Very) Little Guys"

"A new court settlement will put the Environmental Protection Agency on track to regulate pesticides more tightly."

"Call it a win for the little species, though all kinds of endangered animals and plants stand to benefit.

A sweeping legal settlement approved this week has put the Environmental Protection Agency on a binding path to do something it has barely done before, by its own acknowledgment: Adequately consider the effects on imperiled species when it evaluates pesticides and take steps to protect them.

Source: NYTimes, 09/15/2023

World's Worst Industrial Disaster Harmed People Even Before They Were Born

"Shortly after midnight on December 3, 1984, about 40 tons of deadly gas leaked out of a pesticide factory in the central Indian city of Bhopal. ....Now, a new study shows that the accident ,,, affected not just those who were exposed to the gas that night but also the generation of babies still in the womb when the accident happened."

Source: NPR, 06/21/2023

Despite 1996 Law, EPA Still Hasn't Tested Pesticides For Hormone Impacts

"New lawsuit aims to make the agency do what Congress ordered more than 25 years ago."

"In 1996, Congress ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test all pesticides used on food for endocrine disruption by 1999. The EPA still doesn’t do this today.

Nor does it appear close to doing so, argue the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the agency in December for its ongoing failure to implement the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program.

Source: EHN, 02/27/2023

"EPA Targets Plastics Company in PFAS Probe"

"EPA and environmental groups are targeting a company for allegedly releasing “forever chemicals” into tens of millions of plastic containers that later contaminated pesticides, which the agency said poses “unreasonable” risks to workers and the environment.

Source: E&E News, 01/06/2023

"Op-ed: What The Pesticide Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know"

"Like Big Oil, pesticide companies spend hundreds of millions every year on deceitful PR strategies to keep their hazardous products on the market, even as evidence mounts that many pesticides still used today are tied to certain cancers, damage to children’s developing brains, biodiversity collapse, and more."

Source: EHN, 12/12/2022