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California banned a pesticide from your food. Now it won’t be manufactured

From the Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2020. The primary manufacturer of a pesticide banned by California and the European Union said it will no longer produce the chemical. Corteva, formerly Dow Agrosciences, said Thursday — the day the pesticide’s sales were officially halted in the state — that it will end production of chlorpyrifos […]

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FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals

From WebMD, January 21, 2020. New FDA testing of sunscreens shows that six common active ingredients are absorbed into the body and may linger for days or even weeks, in some cases. What’s more, the testing showed that just a single application of sunscreen — whether as a lotion or a spray — increases the […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Use Of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

From WUWM, January 21, 2020 Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foams, in an effort to curtail groundwater pollution. The measure passed in both the state Assembly and Senate. The topic generated heated discussion in the Senate, especially from Democrats. Read the article.

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Common Pesticides Linked to Heart Disease Risks in New Study

From Consumer Reports, December 31, 2019. Research raises concerns about long-term effects of some chemicals, including permethrin Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide commonly used in consumer products such as lice treatments and on conventionally grown crops, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. […]

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Cutting air pollution ‘can prevent deaths within weeks

From the Guardian, December 6, 2019. Cutting air pollution can prevent deaths within weeks, according to scientists. They found the health benefits of clean air were “almost immediate and substantial” and stretched into the long term, saving billions of dollars. The review examined the evidence for the reduction of illness after levels of toxic air […]

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In New York City, Paper Receipts Set to Go the Way of Foie Gras

From Bloomberg, December 4, 2019. Those yard-long paper receipts that spew from cash registers may be following plastic bags and foie gras into the dustbin of New York City history. Council members plan to crack down on those ubiquitous rolls with a package of laws that will require merchants to instead offer shoppers emailed receipts […]

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Newsmakers: Assembly Water Quality Task Force

From WisEye, October 17, 2019. On October 17, 2019, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters sat down with the co-chairs of the Assembly Water Quality Task Force, Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) to discuss the task force. The discussion addressed issues relating to PFAS, Nitrates, lead and bacterial water contamination in […]

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SDSU study shows world’s most common pesticide a danger to deer

From the South Dakota News Watch, October 16,, 2019. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Share by E-Mail A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists in South Dakota has found that the world’s most widely used family of pesticides — neonicotinoids — is likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer, deepening concerns over the chemical’s potential to […]

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Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds

From Environmental Health News, September 13, 2019. Neonicotinoids are harming more than bees. Migrating songbirds exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide suffered weight loss and migration delays, both of which could reduce their chances of survival, according to a new study. The study is the first to examine the impacts of neonicotinoids—in this […]