Category: Emerging Contaminants

Record-high tainted water leak at Fukushima plant

– leaked water contained an extraordinarily high 230-million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substances, consisting mainly of strontium 90. NHK — Feb 21 The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says 100 tons of water containing record high levels of radioactive substances overflowed from a storage […]

RNA-interference pesticides will need special safety testing

Contact: Tim Beardsley tbeardsley@aibs.org 703-674-2500 x326 American Institute of Biological Sciences A new technology for creating pesticides and pest-resistant crops could have effects on beneficial species that current toxicity testing will miss Standard toxicity testing is inadequate to assess the safety of a new technology with potential for […]

Food allergies? Pesticides in tap water might be to blame

Contact: Christine Westendorf christinewestendorf@acaai.org 847-427-1200 American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology New study finds chemicals used for water purification can lead to food allergies ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (December 3, 2012) – Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 15 million Americans. And according to a new study […]

New study: Many flame retardants in house dust — unsafe levels: study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption

Contact: Kathryn Rodgers rodgers@silentspring.org 617-332-4288 x225 Silent Spring Institute Peer-reviewed study finds chemicals linked to cancer, learning problems, hormone disruption A peer-reviewed study of the largest number of flame retardants ever tested in homes found that most houses had levels of at least one flame retardant that exceeded […]

Cesium in trout 110 times over limit

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 Kyodo A mountain trout caught in the Niida River in Fukushima Prefecture contained 11,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, more than 110 times above the government limit for food products, a survey by the Environment Ministry showed. Presenting its findings Friday on cesium […]

Medicine residues may threaten fish reproduction

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Joakim Larsson joakim.larsson@fysiologi.gu.se 46-317-863-589 University of Gothenburg Researchers at Umeå University and the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered that traces of many medicines can be found in fish that have been swimming in treated waste water. One […]

Human drugs make fish flounder

Contraceptives and antidepressants can reduce fish reaction times and reproductive rates. Richard A. Lovett 16 November 2012 Scientists have known for years that human medications, from anti-inflammatories to the hormones in birth-control pills, are ending up in waterways and affecting fish and other aquatic organisms. But researchers are […]

Study finds high exposure to food-borne toxins: preschool-age children had higher exposure to more than half the toxic compounds being measured. Even relatively low exposures can greatly increase the risk of cancer or neurological impairment.

Preschool children are particularly vulnerable to compounds linked to cancer and other conditions. November 13, 2012 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — In a sobering study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at UC Davis and UCLA measured food-borne toxin exposure in children and adults by pinpointing foods with high […]

Aquatic Weed Killer Allowed on Cotton: Because GMO Cotton is Failing as Weeds Adapt. Will allow Fluridone to be used above approved Safety limits

Aquatic Weed Killer Allowed on Cotton By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE Aquatic Weed Killer Allowed on Cotton WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Arkansas cotton growers to use fluridone on cotton through 2014, to avoid an expected 25 percent crop loss from aggressive weeds resistant to glyphosate, […]

Pesticides exposure linked to suicidal thoughts

Contact: Melanie Haberstroh melanie.haberstroh@kcl.ac.uk 44-207-848-3076 King’s College London A new study in China has found that people with higher levels of pesticide exposure are more likely to have suicidal thoughts. The study was carried out by Dr Robert Stewart from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London […]

Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ : polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

2009 study posted for filing   July 20, 2009 — Prenatal exposure to environmental pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can adversely affect a child’s intelligence quotient or IQ, according to new research by the the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School […]

Pesticide levels in blood linked to Parkinson’s disease, UT Southwestern researchers find

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Aline McKenzie aline.mckenzie@utsouthwestern.edu 214-648-3404 UT Southwestern Medical Center DALLAS – July 13, 2009 – People with Parkinson’s disease have significantly higher blood levels of a particular pesticide than healthy people or those with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have […]

Revealed: Children’s jewelry that contains toxic cadmium which causes cancer STILL on sale after federal crackdown

By Associated Press Reporter PUBLISHED:23:07 EST, 14  October 2012| UPDATED:23:53 EST, 14 October 2012   Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls  after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to  keep the toxic trinkets out of children’s hands, an Associated Press  investigation shows. Officials at […]

Stream in India has record high levels of drugs

2009 study posted for filing By Margie Mason THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PATANCHERU, India — When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one […]