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Group Files Lawsuit for Failure to Protect Red-Legged Frogs

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, October 20, 2011) The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for failing to evaluate and act on threats to the threatened California red-legged frog posed by more than 60 toxic pesticides used in and near its habitats. The […]


White House Proposes Increased Pesticide Registration Fees

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, September 22, 2011) As part of his $3 trillion deficit-reduction plan, President Obama has proposed to increase pesticide and chemical registration fees and reinstate tolerance assessment fees in order to cover the costs of evaluating the chemicals’ health and environmental effects data. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently collects fees from companies […]


Study Links Birth Defects to Pesticides, Coal Smoke

Monday, July 25th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, July 25, 2011) Exposure to certain pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the womb has been linked to neural tube defects, which lead to conditions such as spina bifida, according to researchers at Peking University in China. The study finds elevated levels of the organochlorine pesticides DDT, alpha-hexachlorocyclohexane (a lindane contaminant) and […]


EPA May Reduce “Conditional Registrations” of Pesticides after Finding Process Flawed

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, May 4, 2011) According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal review of pesticide registrations under special circumstances, also known as “conditional registration,” the agency may reduce its use of this ‚Äúimprecise‚ÄĚ category, whilch allows widespread use of toxic chemicals not fully tested. Conditional registration of pesticides allows market entry for a […]


DDT-Era Pesticide Endosulfan Finally Banned Globally

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, May 2, 2011) Nations gathering in Geneva last week finally agreed to add endosulfan, an antiquated persistent insecticide, to the Stockholm Convention‚Äôs list of banned substances. The decision follows recommendations from the December 2009 Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC), which call for urgent ‚Äúglobal action‚ÄĚ to address health and environmental […]


Study Links Pesticides to Low Semen Quality

Monday, March 28th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, March 28 2011) Researchers found that exposure to organochlorine pesticides significantly alters semen quality in young men from southeast Spain. The study found 18 pesticides in the blood of the study participants, including some banned in Spain, such as DDT, and others legal in in the country, such as the fungicide vinclozolin. The […]


Indian Government Resists Ban on Endosulfan, A Chemical It Manufactures

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, February 10, 2011) Despite the numerous scientific data on the devastating health and environmental consequences of endosulfan ‚Äďa pesticide so toxic that is banned in over 60 countries including the U.S., officials in India say that a ban on the widely used chemical would put the country‚Äôs food security at risk and harm […]


Group Plans to Sue Agencies over Threatened Amphibian

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, December 16, 2010)The Center for Biological Diversity notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) December 15 of its intent to sue the agencies for failing to study and act on threats posed by more than 60 pesticides to the threatened California red-legged frog. A 2006 legal […]


Estrogenic Compounds in Water Come From Agricultural, Industrial Sources

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, December 8, 2010) A new study finds that oral contraceptives are not the main culprit in estrogenic pollution of U.S. rivers and drinking water. Instead, the contribution of contraceptives is quite small compared to other human, industrial and agricultural sources, including pesticides. Recent observed feminization of aquatic animals has raised concerns about estrogenic […]


Australian Government Bans Toxic Pesticide Endosulfan

Friday, October 15th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, October 15, 2010) Reversing previous rulings that claimed that the toxic pesticide endosulfan was ‚Äúsafe,‚ÄĚ the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced its decision Tuesday to finally cancel the registration of the highly hazardous chemical. Recent assessments by the Australian government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) concluded […]


Pesticides found in Bald Eagles in the Great Lakes Region

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, August 26, 2010) Researchers from Indiana University have detected organochlorine pesticides and flame retardants in blood samples taken from bald eagle nestlings in the Great Lakes region. After DDT was banned, many scientists expected the bald eagle population to recover more quickly, so this study provides some evidence to explain their lackluster rebound. […]


Studies Find ‚ÄúPristine‚ÄĚ National Parks Tainted by Pesticides

Friday, June 25th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, June 25, 2010) Two new studies published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology confirm that the majority of toxic contamination threatening national parks originates from agricultural pesticides and industrial operations. In one study an international group of scientists conducted research from 2003-2005 and detected elevated concentrations of various dangerous pesticides in all […]


EPA Moves to End All Uses of Toxic Pesticide Endosulfan

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, June 10, 2010) After years of pressure from environmental and international groups concerned about the chemical‚Äôs health effects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencey (EPA) announced that it is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. EPA has decided that new data presented to the agency in […]


Unprecedented Pesticide Contamination Found in Beehives

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, March 30, 2010) Searching for clues to the mysterious disappearance of bees, known as ‚Äúcolony collapse disorder‚ÄĚ(CCD), Penn State University researchers have identified widespread pesticide contamination of beehives. The study, ‚ÄúHigh Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health,‚ÄĚ was published March 19, 2010 in the scientific […]


Agency Petitioned to Regulate Endocrine Disruptors

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, January 14, 2010) Stating that current water-quality criteria does not reflect the latest scientific knowledge, The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish new water-quality criteria for numerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) under the Clean Water Act. If adopted, it will be a big step in regulating and […]


Group Calls on Bayer to Withdraw Dangerous Pesticides

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, January 13, 2010)The Coalition Against Bayer Dangers, based in Germany, is urging the multinational company Bayer to withdraw its most dangerous pesticides from the world market. The network specially is calling on Bayer to end sales of all products that contain active ingredients in the highest acute toxicity Class 1 of the World […]


Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Bill Introduced in Congress

Monday, December 21st, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, December 21, 2009) Earlier this month, Congressman Jim Moran of Northern Virginia and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts introduced legislation to explore linkages between hormone disrupting chemicals in the environment and everyday products and the dramatic increase of autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other hormone related disorders. After the […]


International Panel Recommends Global Action on Endosulfan, Groups Again Urge EPA To Act

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, December 8, 2009) Following a recent recommendation by the international Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee to take ‚Äúglobal action‚ÄĚ to address health and environmental impacts, a broad coalition of 42 environmental, health, labor, and farming groups sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging EPA to finally take action to ban the […]


Pesticide Storage Endangers Tens of Millions in Europe, Central Asia and the former Soviet Union

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides October 22, 2009) At least seven million inhabitants of Moldavia and Ukraine are endangered by 10,000 tons of old pesticides. This has been reported by the International HCH and Pesticides Association (IHPA). According to the organization the EU must act as fast as possible to disarm this ‚Äėbiggest chemical time bomb of Europe.‚Äô […]


Groups Petition EPA to Require Buffer Zones Around Pesticide Sprayed Farms

Friday, October 16th, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, October 16, 2009) On October 14th, Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice filed a petition asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set safety standards protecting children who grow up near farms from the harmful effects of pesticide drift. The groups are also asking the agency to adopt an immediate no-spray buffer zone around […]


U.S. Geological Survey Identifies Intersex Fish Nationwide

Friday, September 18th, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, September 18, 2009) Previously documented in the Potomac River, which flows through downtown Washington, DC, the occurrence of ‚Äúintersex‚ÄĚ fish is now found to be nationwide. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers published their study, “Widespread occurrence of intersex in black basses from U.S. rivers” in the online edition of Aquatic Toxicology. USGS researchers […]


EPA Long-Term Pesticide Safety Tests Criticized for Falling Short

Monday, August 17th, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, August 17, 2009) The four-day testing period the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commonly uses to determine ‚Äėsafe‚Äô levels of pesticide exposure for humans and animals could fail to account for the long-term effects of toxic chemicals, University of Pittsburgh researchers report in the September edition of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The team […]


Bayer Says It Will Stop Sale of Endosulfan by 2010

Monday, August 10th, 2009

(Beyond Pesticides, August 10, 2009) The multinational chemical company Bayer has stated that it will end distribution of the pesticide endosulfan in 2010, and to replace the toxic pesticide with safer alternatives. The decision follows an innovative action in 16 countries, led by Pants to Poverty, the organic and Fairtrade underwear company, and its coalition […]