Chemicals

"Bees Facing a Poisoned Spring"

"A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory."

Source: UK Independent, 01/20/2011

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

Scientists Take Closest Look Yet at Warming Impact of Aviation Emissions

"An international team of prominent scientists has published what they say is the most comprehensive study to date calculating the complex climate impact of aviation emissions, reaffirming that contrail clouds produce more warming than carbon dioxide."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/21/2020

LNG Transport Proposal Flags Worries Over Rail Hazmat

A Trump administration push to allow trains to carry liquified natural gas raises larger concerns about allowing hazardous materials to be carried around the United States by rail, per the latest TipSheet. Get the latest on the LNG transport plan, along with the backstory about the risks of numerous other rail hazmat, plus story ideas and reporting resources.

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States, Groups Sue EPA, Claiming Failure To Enforce Bay Cleanup Plan

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, claiming the agency failed to enforce bay cleanup goals for New York and Pennsylvania."

Source: Capital Gazette, 09/11/2020

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