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Comments Submitted in Response to the Proposed Rule on Pesticides; Policies Concerning Products Containing Nanoscale Materials
Posted on 9 Sep 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA" or "Agency") solicits public comments about what procedures it should use to obtain more information on the use of nanoscale ingredients in pesticide products. 76 Fed. Reg. 35383 (June 17... Read More

Parkinson's may be caused by the same bacterium that causes ulcers, new animal model studies suggest
Posted on 30 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The cause of Parkinson's Disease is unknown. To date, many experts have suggested that it may have a genetic origin; see http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/parkinsons-causes . Other experts point to toxins that may selectively destroy the dopaminergic... Read More

EPA Denies Request to Ban Trisclosan
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

EPA has denied the January 14, 2010 petition submitted by the Food & Water Watch and Beyond Pesticides to ban the antimicrobial pesticide triclosan. The petition requested that EPA take the following regulatory actions: • Federal Insecticide... Read More

More Evidence That Exposure to Pesticides and Solvents May Cause Parkinson’s
Posted on 10 Jun 2013 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer A recent report in a leading peer reviewed medical journal, Neurology , again concludes that exposure to pesticides and solvents is linked to a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease . The report... Read More

Why Sound the Alarm for Resistance to Bt Corn?
Posted on 16 Mar 2012 by Todd Janzen

By Todd J. Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Why do those against genetically modified foods (GMOs) sound the alarm whenever some research shows that a pest has developed resistance to the genetic modification? I have often had this... Read More

Certain Pesticides Fail New U.S. EPA Screening Guide for Volatilization Risks
Posted on 9 May 2014 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros The U.S. EPA has released its draft " Human Health Bystander Screening Level Analysis: Volatilization Risks of Conventional Pesticides" . This screening guide is intended to provide a mechanism for evaluating exposure... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Bipartisan Meetings on The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Posted on 3 Jul 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

A series of stakeholder meetings on Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. ) "reform" began in the Senate on June 21, 2011. Billed as bipartisan stakeholder talks, these meetings may bring us closer to a viable TSCA... Read More

EPA Targets 72 Inert Pesticide Ingredients for Removal
Posted on 5 Jan 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Federal Register Notice proposing to remove 72 chemicals from the list of currently approved inert pesticide ingredients under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP: Senate Holds Hearing on Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

Judging by a recent hearing, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee appears ready to move forward with the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847) (SCA2011) . SCA2011 was introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg earlier this year in his continued... Read More

Three new studies conclude that prenatal pesticide exposure lowers IQ
Posted on 1 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Before noting the studies, I should note that I am very skeptical about what it is that IQ tests measure, and whether they are measuring it accurately. Personally, I find the thesis that there are many types of intelligence to be more persuasive, but... Read More