Tag Archives: science

It’s Just Another Toxic Tuesday

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]

In Artificial Intelligence We Trust?

We are technological toddlers. Over the past century, while we transformed our environment to better suit our needs, we blissfully ignored the havoc we created: industrial chemicals that brought good things into our lives now contaminate every nook and cranny on earth; we simplified our food into sugar, salt and fats wrapped up in cellophane […]

Fireworks “fun” facts or not so?

[Cover image source: Dave on Flickr] Who doesn’t love fireworks? (Aside from our dog, our kids when they were little, and apparently birds – although no surprise there really). It’s also likely that those who are responsible for ensuring water quality have mixed feelings when the sparks start flying. I don’t want to be the kill-joy, but […]

Chlorpyrifos: Mr. Pruitt, the science has been reviewed

Dear Mr. Pruitt, I hope you can help me out here. I’ve been having trouble explaining your recent decision in favor of the pesticide chlorpyrifos while dismissing years of work by EPA scientists to my environmental toxicology students. This is a chemical that interferes with the normal processes of the brain causing both acute toxicity – […]

Dear Scott Pruitt: Is this Atrazine’s DDT moment?

Dear Mr. Pruitt, I imagine there must be some angst these days about Atrazine.  With the 2016 EPA reevaluation concluding that the herbicide isn’t as safe as we all once thought, I am sure growers and consumers are anxious about which way the agency will swing: to ban or not to ban.  Admittedly, back in […]

Dear Mr. Pruitt: On this we can agree (I think.)

Dear Mr. Pruitt, With Trump’s proposed budget, looks like you could use some support. We disagree about climate change so I won’t go there, but you have said that cleanup of contaminated sites was a priority, and it looks like hundreds of millions of dollars for haz-waste cleanup could be axed. So, since I’ve been […]

Dear Mr. Pruitt, let’s talk about lead.

Dear Mr. Pruitt, Last week I wrote to you about DDT. This week let’s consider lead. Like DDT, another jaw-dropper for my environmental toxicology undergrads. You may not remember leaded gasoline. It was phasing out just as you were probably hitting the road. But I do, and I remember feeling good about asking for “unleaded” at […]