Toxic Chemicals in the News: 5/18-5/26

Zoë Furlong May 27, 2015

5/19/15 — White House makes bid to save honeybees but ignores toxic pesticides(The Guardian). The White House has announced an ambitious plan that makes millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly. Unfortunately, it does not ban the use of neonicotinoids, which research shows are closely linked to bee life loss.

5/19/15 — Waterways May be Contaminated with High Levels of BPA Released into the Atmosphere(Science World Report). Our water may be contaminated by hormone-disrupting pollutants. Scientists have discovered that harmful concentrations of bisphenol-A may have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater.

5/20/15 —Industry delayed EU regulation of toxic chemicals(EU Observer). A report released on Wednesday (5/20) shows how industry lobbied EU institutions to kill regulation on possible toxic chemicals used in everyday products.

5/21/15 —Lumber Liquidators CEO Abruptly Quits Amid Probe of Flooring(Bloomberg). Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Robert Lynch unexpectedly resigned from his post, adding to the turmoil for a company facing a federal investigation over allegations that it sold toxic flooring. If you haven’t yet watched the explosive 60 minutes exposé on the company’s use of toxic chemicals in flooring, you can view it here.

5/22/15 — Fighting Pollution From Microbeads Used in Soaps and Creams(New York Times). The New York Times discusses the problem with microbeads, and highlights one environmentalist who has helped to lead the fight to get the tiny plastic beads out of consumer products.

5/24/15 — Women are suing Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder(PRI). Over the past few decades, several studies have indicated that women who use talcum powder products for feminine hygiene have a higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who don't use them. Though the findings are controversial, around 700 women who have developed ovarian cancer after using J&J’s talc products are filing lawsuits against the company.

5/26/15 — Maine retailers phasing out some pesticides over concerns about honeybee health(Portland Press Herald). More Maine retailers have begun phasing out use of a class of pesticides that research shows are harmful to honeybees. 

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