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Federal study: Monsanto chemicals poisoned southern town, caused many cases of liver disease

11/12/2016 - Monsanto has a bad reputation for a wide variety of reasons, but a new federal study of their worst crime scene has provided substantial evidence of the harm this corporation is capable of producing. Anniston, Alabama, is small town with a population of just under 23,000 people. It is also home to...

Federal judge gives city of Spokane, WA, the go ahead to sue Monsanto

11/9/2016 - GMO king Monsanto has another legal problem heading its way. A federal judge has said that the city of Spokane, Washington's lawsuit against the agro-chemical behemoth over pollution in the Spokane River can move ahead. Last year, the city sued the St. Louis-based Monsanto, alleging that the company...

National park turtles loaded with now-banned toxins, demonstrating how the long life of chemical exposure can poison the environment

5/26/2016 - Some of the most health-destructive chemicals our industrial society has ever pumped out (such as PCBs) are persisting in the environment today, bio-accumulating throughout nature. Even though PCBs are banned to this day, they can still be measured in the air, soil and water, adversely affecting all...

Investigation: Yellow dye in clothing, maps and napkins contain cancer-causing PCBs

5/16/2016 - They're called polychlorinated biphenyls, and the Environmental Protection Agency banned them about 35 years ago. PCBs, as they are more commonly referred to, "belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons," the EPA says on its website. They were domestically...

The city of Portland is taking Monsanto to court over water pollution concerns

4/5/2016 - In recent days, Portland, Oregon's city council voted unanimously to authorize city attorney Tracy Reeve to sue Monsanto for polluting two of the city's main waterways, The Columbia Slough and Willamette River, with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs are a group of highly toxic, cancer-causing...

Switchgrass naturally removes toxic PCB pollution from soil

11/7/2015 - A grass native to the North American prairies can remove nearly 50 percent of all PCB contamination from soil in just six months, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Iowa and published in the journal Ecological Engineering. The grass was most effective when paired...

Cancer-causing PCB chemicals found contaminating food supplies

10/6/2015 - Decades after being banned, cancer-causing PCBs continue to contaminate our food and our bodies, according to a study conducted by Spanish and Danish researchers and published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The researchers found, specifically, that the chemical PCB-153 was found...

Spokane shows true grit: city sues Monsanto for polluting their river and harming people and beavers

8/10/2015 11:35:27 AM - Spokane is a mid-size city in eastern Washington whose history is intimately connected to the beautiful river and falls located in its center. In the early 1970s, the city hosted the world's very first environmentally themed World's Fair (Expo 1974), at which President Richard Nixon made an appearance,...

Toxic, cancer-causing PCBs still show up in everyday products despite decades-old ban

8/18/2014 - Banning the use of toxic chemicals is great and all, but the problem lies with their persistence in the environment, which for many of us can last a lifetime. While legislatively enforced bans are progressive, sometimes they're a little too late. PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are a great example....

U.S. military conspired to hide extreme PCB contamination on military bases

4/8/2014 - A report in Japanese media suggests that the U.S. military discovered toxic levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at its Kadena Air Base on Okinawa that dramatically exceeded acceptable safety levels but failed to alert Japanese authorities and then subsequently hid information about the contamination...

Yellow dyes said to contain toxic chemicals

3/11/2014 - New, as-yet-unpublished, research has found that traces of a chemical banned in the U.S. some 35 years ago is leaching out of clothing and printed materials from around the world. The chemical, a polychlorinated biphenyl called PCB-11, was found in just about every sample of paper products sold in...

Banned PCBs still present in population, affecting brain function after four decades

12/5/2013 - Polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) were banned in the US about three decades ago, but the negative effects of these chemical compounds continue to show up in seniors. Maryse Bouchard, a researcher from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine, has made a significant association between...

Banned PCBs, toxic chemicals still causing breast cancer years after being outlawed

7/11/2013 - Though it often takes an excessive amount of time for regulatory agencies to catch up with the latest science on chemical safety, a handful of noxious chemicals have been effectively banned over the years after being identified as serious threats to human health. But oftentimes the effects of these...

What You Do Not Know About Fish Oil Supplements Will Hurt You

3/14/2010 - A group of three plaintiffs very recently filed a suit against eight supplement companies for violating California Proposition 65, which mandates that consumers must be warned on product labels of dangerous toxins beyond established "safe harbor" limits. The plaintiffs intend to prove that the eight...

Toxic Chemicals Release Report Shows Mercury, PCB Pollution Rise Dramatically

7/3/2009 - Releases of mercury, PCBs, lead and dioxin into the environment increased significantly between 2006 and 2007, according to the annual "Toxics Release Inventory," published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "This information underscores the need for fundamental transparency and provides...

High PCB Exposure May Increase Risk of Diabetes

3/18/2009 - High levels of exposure to the chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a pair of recent studies. PCBs are toxic, long-lived, bioaccumulative chemicals that were widely used in a variety of consumer and industrial products until they...

High PCB Exposure May Increase Risk of Diabetes

1/27/2009 - High levels of exposure to the chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a pair of recent studies. PCBs are toxic, long-lived, bioaccumulative chemicals that were widely used in a variety of consumer and industrial products until they...

Exposure to PCBs Puts People at Risk for Diabetes

10/8/2008 - Nearly every person and animal in the world has detectable levels of poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in his or her body. It is thought that the levels in most people are low enough to never cause harm. However, to the list of adverse health effects resulting from high PCB exposure, a new ailment has...

Wood Floor Finishes Contaminated with Toxic PCB Chemicals

6/16/2008 - A once-popular finish for wooden floors may still be a significant source of toxic chemical exposure more than 50 years later, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and published in the journal Environmental Health. Between 1999 and 2001, the researchers measured...

Monsanto: History of Contamination and Cover-up

5/16/2008 - The new Monsanto has clearly come to dominate the American food chain with its genetically modified (GM) seeds. It's a master at enforcing its 674 biotechnology patents, using tyrannical and ruthless tactics against small farmers. This new Monsanto has also moved into the production of milk with it...

Wood Floor Finishes May Be Loaded With Cancer-Causing PCBs

2/26/2008 - Ready to sand and refinish wood floors in your mid-20th century house? Do you assume your old house is "safe" from toxic chemicals because they've had time to "gas out"? Confident your old hard wood floors are ecologically sound and couldn't possibly pose a health risk? Think again. A new study published...

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