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There is no longer anything sentimental about trying to save a tree or protect an old swimming hole. — Tom McCall, Earth Day, 1970 It always looks like skin cancer, that 10,000-foot view looking down on Earth. Looking down at Phoenix, or Cairo, or LA, the cancer grows and spreads. This unique perspective shows us […]

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Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which literally ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, an 1,800-page […]

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EPA’s “Non-action” Plan on PFAS

February 14, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – The EPA’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan announced today fails to implement immediate limits to effectively regulate PFOA and PFOS, two toxic chemicals linked to cancer and numerous other health problems that have contaminated many communities’ drinking water supplies. In response, Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter released the […]

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Even as the Environmental Protection Agency has been trumpeting its efforts to find and clean up contamination from industrial chemicals known as PFAS, it has been allowing new chemicals in this class to enter into commerce, according to data from the agency. The EPA has allowed more than 100 new PFAS compounds to be made and imported […]

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Chemically Induced Frankenstein-Humans

September 4, 2018           |                                       

One of the biggest open questions of the 21st century is whether 144,000 different chemicals swirling throughout the world are properly tested and analyzed for toxicity. By almost all accounts, the scale of toxic risk is unknown. This may be the biggest tragedy of all time, a black eye of enormous proportions. Correspondingly and very […]

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When executives from the Chemours Company met with top officials of the Environmental Protection Agency last year, they were seeking the Trump administration’s help to launch a new generation of chemicals and steer the nation through an important juncture. The U.S. — indeed the entire world — is in the process of phasing out chemicals […]

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Even though Scott Pruitt, the disgraced former director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is gone, the agency remains in the thralls of aggressive lobbying by the chemical industry. Under his acting replacement, Andrew Wheeler, a former chemical and coal industry lobbyist, the agency is now poised to fundamentally weaken how the federal government determines […]

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Toxic Silence: Public Officials, Monsanto and the Media

August 5, 2018           |                                       

Are you being lied to or misled? Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason certainly thinks so and has provided much supporting evidence. She has been campaigning against the agrochemical industry for many years (all her work can be accessed here) and has borne witness to the destruction of her own nature reserve in South Wales, which she […]

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Suppressed Study: The EPA Underestimated Dangers of Widespread Chemicals

June 20, 2018           |                                       

A major environmental health study that had been suppressed by the Trump administration because of the “public relations nightmare” it might cause the Pentagon and other polluters has been quietly released online. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the controversial 852-page review of health dangers from a family of chemicals known as […]

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Toxic Chemicals: PR Nightmare

June 1, 2018           |                                       

A recent unidentified White House staff email referred to a still-pending federal study on chemicals as “a public relations nightmare.”1 People do not grasp the depth and extent of toxicity throughout the country because if they did, they’d be in the streets banging pots and pans in front of the con job White House as […]

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House Bill Would Let Airports Stop Using Toxic Firefighting Foam

May 25, 2018           |                                       

While the controversy over the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent “leadership summit” on PFAS chemicals held in Washington earlier this week brought attention to the cancer-causing contaminants in the drinking water of millions of Americans, Congress has quietly made an important step toward getting rid of one of the products responsible for this widespread water pollution. […]

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