Spill from troubled Mead, Nebraska, ethanol plant traveled 4 miles in waterways, state says

A frozen pipe on a 4 million gallon tank at AltEn burst last week, releasing a combination of manure and thin stillage — a byproduct of ethanol manufacturing.

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Bill would force ethanol plant near Mead to stop using pesticide-treated seed corn

"It’s important that this practice stop," Nebraska lawmakers were told Wednesday about an ethanol plant near Mead that uses pesticide-treated seed to produce fuel.

French-Vietnam woman in ‘fight of her life’ on war chemicals

A French-Vietnamese woman who was poisoned by the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is fighting a case in France against 26 multinational chemical giants, for "justice" for thousands of alleged victims.


Biden moves to reexamine toxic pesticide

President Biden's wave of executive actions includes an order to reexamine one controversial, but widely used, pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Trump administration kept it on the market.

Mosquito spray tainted with PFAS from shipping containers

PFAS discovered in an insecticide aerially sprayed in more than half of US states leached into the pesticide from plastic shipping containers, the US Environmental Protection Agency says.

England breaks promise to maintain ban on bee-harming pesticide

A pesticide believed to kill bees has been authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban two years ago and an explicit government pledge to keep the restrictions.

Will rising temperatures make superweeds even stronger?

If heat is boosting many weeds' resistance to major herbicides, the implications could be significant. Left unchecked, weeds can devastate harvests and income.

EPA documents show dicamba damage worse than previously thought

The pesticide harmed tens of thousands of farmers, overwhelmed state agriculture departments and damaged research plots across the United States, according to documents the federal agency released Tuesday.

EPA allows use of dicamba through 2025, with new restrictions

Environmental groups pledge legal action to challenge the decision.

Bird pesticide Avitrol is legal, but recent deaths are stoking controversy

“Both physically and psychologically, it’s an awful way to die,” says one conservationist of the bird poison Avitrol. Cities around the U.S. and Canada agree—and some have banned it.

Why Nova Scotia wants to poison a lake to kill off invasive species

Nova Scotia says chemicals are a last-ditch effort to stop the invasive smallmouth bass from entering the St. Marys River system.

Emails show how pesticide industry influenced U.S. position in health talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

Run-off from neo-nicotinoid agricultural chemical can affect health of prawns and oysters, research finds

A widely used agricultural chemical is found to affect the health and flesh quality of tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters.

Should a study on pesticides affect our use of them?

Recent research, which found a link between pyrethroids and deaths from heart disease, highlights the limitations of epidemiological research.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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