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Amphibians face threats from chemicals across the landscape

Numerous prior posts have noted various theories and evidence for the reduction in number of frogs found in various environments. Taking a step back from focusing on agricultural lands and practices, some researchers are surveying the presence of frogs, including intersex frogs (those with both male...

Honeybees spread viruses to wild pollinators

Honeybees spread viruses to wild pollinators Numerous prior posts have looked at the evidence, pro and con, for various theories and studies of honeybee colony collapse. From stress to food sources to pesticides, the evidence has been less than compelling. One thesis that arose early and still seems...

Three new studies conclude that prenatal pesticide exposure lowers IQ

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 then I do not hold my self out as an expert on measuring...

Parkinson's may be caused by the same bacterium that causes ulcers, new animal model studies suggest

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 neurons, thereby causing Parkinson's...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Bipartisan Meetings on The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

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 reform proposal. Senate staff have advised us that...

Why Do the New House Republicans Hate the Bald Eagle?

Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition In 1973, Richard Nixon, a Republican president, didn't just sign the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law. His administration played a very large role in actually crafting this forward-thinking legislation. Looking at the new House Republicans...

Widespread use of herbicides create immunity and resistance in weedy plants

Prior posts have noted that a wide variety of substances, including hazardous substances, can act as selection factors in fostering "evolution" amongst impacted organisms. Now, researchers have found that many weeds, including some of significant economic importance because of the crops impacted...

Comments Submitted in Response to the Proposed Rule on Pesticides; Policies Concerning Products Containing Nanoscale Materials

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, 2011, hereinafter "Proposed Rule"). The...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Senate Holds Hearing on Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

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 attempts to reform the 35-year old Toxic Substance...

Why Sound the Alarm for Resistance to Bt Corn?

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 thought when reading about "dangers"...

Jenner & Block: New Textbook Update Addresses Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

By Robert L. Graham , Partner, Jenner & Block LLP Bob Graham co-authored a leading environmental law textbook in use at many U.S. law schools titled Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law and Society . The Fourth Edition of this textbook was launched in 2010 and includes two Teacher's...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Connecticut Moves To Control Runaway Bamboo

ENVIRONMENT: The CONNECTICUT Senate approves a bill that would impose a $100 fine on residents who fail to control the growth of bamboo on their property and require people who sell or install running bamboo to educate customers on the plant's growing habits and recommended containment methods. The...

More Evidence That Exposure to Pesticides and Solvents May Cause Parkinson’s

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 evaluates the results of 104 studies from around...

Jenner & Block: USGS Releases Water and Sediment Priority Constituents Monitoring Report

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block The USGS has released a new report, Prioritization of Constituents for National and Regional Scale Ambient Monitoring of Water and Sediment in the United States , that addresses the methodology used to prioritize constituents to be assessed. This effort...

Downstream Problems: Farmer Liability for Fishkills in Indiana

This time of year, many farmers are busy spraying crops with herbicides and pesticides. Should an accident occur that causes these chemicals to enter a stream or river—whether caused by negligence or rapidly shifting weather conditions—a farmer may find a number of state officials knocking...

Certain Pesticides Fail New U.S. EPA Screening Guide for Volatilization Risks

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 risks as a result of the volatilization of conventional...

Class Action for Harming Bees with Neonicotinoids

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple Ontario beekeepers have filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million dollars in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides. This is the first Canadian class action...

EPA Targets 72 Inert Pesticide Ingredients for Removal

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), 7 U.S.C. § 136 et seq , [ enhanced version available...

New Neonic Pesticide Controls in Ontario

On July 1, 2015, new regulatory requirements for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds in Ontario will start to come into effect, to protect bird and bee health.Ontario wants to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per cent by 2017 and to...

EPA Denies Request to Ban Trisclosan

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, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and...