EPA finds the courage to stop corporations from hiding safety data. It could help determine what’s in a nano-dispersant they want to use in the Gulf

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EPA must be gulping down its energy drinks in large quantities, because after years of allowing corporations to withhold vital safety information, it screamed “stop” yesterday. In the Federal Register, the agency said that it will no longer permit the … Continue reading

EPA finally demands that pesticide makers disclose the secret chemicals in their poisons.

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    It has taken more than a decade of wrangling but the Environmental Protection Agency has finally said pesticide makers must disclose the hidden ingredients in their poisons. Yesterday, the agency said it was drafting a new rule which … Continue reading

EPA lawyers ordered to remove their private concerns on climate change efforts from YouTube

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You have to wonder a bit about the Environmental Protection Agency’s often-stated promise of transparency and openness to its employee’s opinions. It appears that the rigidness that marked much of the Bush administration’s control of the EPA has returned, as … Continue reading

Nanoparticles in sunscreens have more to do with looks than safety, but are they safe?

Cutting edge nanoscience has put an end to the icky white coating of old sunscreens that that prevented the sun from harming your skin. But scientists for consumer and environmental groups say that while nanosized sun-blocking ingredients like titanium dioxide … Continue reading

Nano packaging of food kills deadly bacteria, but government says no go.

One might think that a food-shipping container coated with nanoparticles that have been proven to destroy bacteria causing illness and death would be a coveted innovation. Apparently not so. William Norwood, president of nanoAgri Systems, said the Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading

Pesticide is too dangerous for use in the U.S., but apparently it’s just fine to use in other countries.

Carbofuran, an extremely dangerous pesticide that will be banned in the U.S., can still be sold and used overseas. This raises concerns among food safety experts that farm workers and their families in Latin America and Asia can continue being … Continue reading