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Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

Despite being banned since the 1970s, DDT and PCBs are still affecting wildlife today, particularly the California condor, a critically endangered species. The condors feed on dead marine life along the California coast that often contain higher amounts of contaminants compared to marine life elsewhere. Scientists at San Diego State University (SDSU) and San Diego […]

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    Poison Papers: Monsanto Knew PCBs Were Toxic for Years But Sold Them Anyway

    Poison Papers: Monsanto Knew PCBs Were Toxic for Years But Sold Them Anyway

    Washington could have an ace up its sleeve in its major lawsuit against Monsanto over PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination throughout the state. Before switching operations to agriculture, Monsanto was the primary manufacturer of PCBs, which was used for paints, electrical equipment and other products, from 1935 until 1977. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned […]

    The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

    The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

    The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. The documents are available here. Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked […]

    Pruitt Tables EPA Order on GE to Remove PCBs From River

    Pruitt Tables EPA Order on GE to Remove PCBs From River

    This past May, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt raised some eyebrows when he issued a memorandum insisting he be personally involved in decisions regarding Superfund cleanups that cost $50 million or more. Now we might know why he made that move. As noted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), one of […]

    Monsanto PCBs May Leave Orca Pod ‘Doomed to Extinction’

    Monsanto PCBs May Leave Orca Pod ‘Doomed to Extinction’

    By Carey Wedler The Guardian reported last Tuesday that Lulu, the full-grown whale who died, “was a member of the UK’s last resident pod and a postmortem also showed she had never produced a calf. The pollutants, called PCBs, are known to cause infertility and these latest findings add to strong evidence that the pod […]

    ‘Shocking’ Levels of PCBs Found in Beloved Orca

    ‘Shocking’ Levels of PCBs Found in Beloved Orca

    The tragic story of Lulu, a beloved orca found dead and entangled in fishing gear last year, has taken a turn for the worse. Experts with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme found the killer whale had “shocking levels of PCBs,” or polychlorinated biphenyls, a banned but highly pervasive toxic chemical. “The levels of PCB […]

    Major Victory for California Cities vs. Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

    Major Victory for California Cities vs. Monsanto Over PCB Contamination

    Monsanto may be looking forward to turning a new leaf with its potential $66 billion mega-merger with Bayer AG, but the agrochemical giant just can’t shake its notorious past as the primary manufacturer of highly toxic and banned substances called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that were once used for paints, electrical equipment and other products. […]

    Toxic Chemicals Banned in 70s Found in Deep Ocean Creatures

    Toxic Chemicals Banned in 70s Found in Deep Ocean Creatures

    English researchers have discovered an alarming amount of toxic pollution in the bodies of amphipods living in the deep sea trenches of the Pacific Ocean. The research team from Newcastle University, the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen caught and tested small crustaceans in the Mariana and Kermadec trenches, which reach about 30,000 […]

    Washington Becomes First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCBs, Accused of Knowing Its Toxicity for Decades

    Washington Becomes First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCBs, Accused of Knowing Its Toxicity for Decades

    Monsanto is facing yet another lawsuit over its alleged negligent handling of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), a banned and highly toxic group of chemicals that the company manufactured decades ago. But this time it’s not another city suing the biotech giant—it’s an entire state. Highly toxic PCBs have been found throughout Washington state, with more than […]