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UK: Renowned cancer scientist was paid by chemical firm for 20 years
by Sarah BoseleyThe Guardian (UK)
December 8th, 2006
A world-famous British scientist failed to disclose that he held a paid consultancy with a chemical company for more than 20 years while investigating cancer risks in the industry, the Guardian can reveal.

US: Polluting Ohio HazWaste Incinerator Fined $750,000
Environment News Service
December 5th, 2006
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice have reached an agreement with Von Roll America Inc. on alleged clean air and hazardous waste violations at the company's commercial hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio.

PHILIPPINES: Banana firm bars DoH team from proving chemical poisoning
by  Jeffrey M. TupasInquirer (PHIL)
December 1st, 2006
Experts from the Department of Health (DoH) were denied entry Thursday by the management of the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation, Inc. (Tadeco) to the company-owned hospital in Panabo City where victims of toxic chemical inhalation from the nearby town of Braulio Dujali in Davao del Norte were confined.

WORLD: Safety of Nanotechnology Needs More Attention
Environment News Service
November 28th, 2006
The number of consumer products made with nanotechnology is exploding, with a 70 percent increase in the past eight months. While recognizing the value of these molecular-level advances, critics say the Bush administration is doing too little to ensure the safety of nanotechnology for workers and the public.

EU: Chemicals: A tale of fear and lobbying
by Matthew SaltmarshInternational Herald Tribune
October 27th, 2006
Three years ago, Margot Wallstrom, who was then the European Union's environment commissioner, revealed to a startled Brussels press corps that a blood test had found the presence of 28 artificial chemicals in her body, including DDT, a pesticide banned from European farms since 1983, when it was found to harm wildlife and attack the nervous system.

US: Honeywell Agrees to $451 Million Lake Cleanup
Environment News Service
October 13th, 2006
Aerospace giant Honeywell Inc. has agreed to spend $451 million to clean up contaminated sediments in Onondaga Lake, one of the most polluted lakes in the United States. The lake, a sacred site to Native America tribes, is heavily contaminated with an array of toxic metals and chemicals and is one of only three lakes listed as a federal Superfund site.

IVORY COAST: Toxic dumpers face jail term
Reuters
September 24th, 2006
SUSPECTS charged in connection with the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast, which killed seven people and made thousands ill, could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted, a Justice Ministry official said.

IVORY COAST: Waste Headed for a Third World Bin
by Julio GodoyInter Press Service
September 21st, 2006
The Panamanian flagged ship Probo Koala unloaded more than 550 tonnes of toxic waste at Abidjan port in C- te d'Ivoire a month back. Emissions from that toxic waste have killed seven people and poisoned thousands.

INDIA: Union Carbide Must Clean Bhopal Mess - Residents
by Nityanand JayaramanInter Press Service (IPS)
September 1st, 2006
After an appellate court in the United States rejected claims by Bhopal city residents, seeking compensation from Union Carbide for environmental contamination around the site of the world's worst industrial disaster, plans are afoot to have the case transferred to India.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green: Are weed-killers turning frogs into hermaphrodites?
by William SouderHarpers
August 25th, 2006
In the summer of 1997, Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, accepted what seemed a harmless offer to join a panel of eight other scientists investigating the safety of the common weed-killer atrazine. The panel had been commissioned by atrazine's inventor and primary manufacturer, the Swiss-based chemical giant then called Novartis and since renamed Syngenta. The company wanted to know if its product threatened “non-target” organisms, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians—creatures whose fate had remained largely unexplored through the half century in which atrazine had become the most heavily used herbicide in the United States as well as one of its most widespread environmental contaminants.

US: River remains toxic, but not quite as bad
by Jeremiah StettlerThe Saginaw News
The Tittabawassee River is less toxic than once thought, a World Health Organization report suggests. But it's still toxic.

AUSTRALIA: Toxic cocktail released in fire
by 
Jason Gregory, Michael Corkill and Margaret Slocombe
The Courier Mail
June 29th, 2006
A HIGH-LEVEL government report into toxic hazards at a notorious industrial estate north of Brisbane is expected to find several violations of chemical storage rules by businesses located on the site.

EU: Brussels to raise fines for cartels tenfold
by David GowThe Guardian (UK)
June 28th, 2006
Companies found guilty of anti-competitive practices will face multibillion euro fines or more than 10 times the current tariffs for abusing their monopoly and taking part in cartels under draconian new competition guidelines adopted by the European Commission today.

US: Ag-Mart influence alleged
by Kristin CollinsThe News and Observer
June 11th, 2006
A state report on pesticides and birth defects might have been influenced by the company that was its focus, some researchers who worked on the report say.

CANADA: Abnormal Birth Rates in Canadian Native Reserve
by Cindy Drukier and Rory XuThe Epoch Times
June 9th, 2006
There's something is in the air at the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve near Sarnia, Ontario. But it's not just in the air. It's also in the water, the soil, and in the residents themselves: alarming levels of toxic chemicals, believed to be behind the area's skewed birth ratios. In Aamjiwnaang, two girls are born for every boy.

ARGENTINA: Argentina to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Biotech Giant Monsanto in Spain
by David HaskelBNA
June 1st, 2006
Argentina will take legal action against Monsanto in Spain and in other European nations if the U.S. biotechnology giant continues to block Argentine soy shipments from reaching European Union markets, an Argentine Agriculture Secretariat official said.

US: Cargill Fined by State Over Toxic Spill into Bay
by Paul RogersSan Jose Mercury News
June 1st, 2006
State water officials have fined Cargill Salt $71,000 after the Newark company spilled thousands of gallons of toxic brine last year along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

US: Deformities in infants blamed on migrant worker pesticide exposure
Associated Press/News 14 Carolina
May 25th, 2006
North Carolina health officials urged closer communication between the state's agriculture, labor and health departments and stricter enforcement of pesticide laws after three severely deformed children were born to migrant farmworkers.

COSTA RICA: Court Rules Dupont's Fungicide Damaged Costa Rican Farmers' Crops
Environment News Service
May 18th, 2006
Lead counsel Don Russo of Don Russo, P.A., and lawyers with Holland & Hart Wednesday obtained an award of $113.48 million on behalf of 27 Costa Rican leatherleaf fern farmers in a lawsuit against E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

COSTA RICA: Farmers Win Suit vs. DuPont
by Randall ChaseAssociated Press
May 17th, 2006
A group of Costa Rican fern growers received a multimillion-dollar award against DuPont Co. on Wednesday for damages to their crops caused by the fungicide Benlate.

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