Browsing the "EPA" Tag

Beware Of What’s In Your Organic Compost

March 29th, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan

According to Rodale.com, well-meaning organic gardeners are sometimes tricked into buying toxic compost. Although the sludge industry has convinced many that sludge is cheap and safe (thanks in part to an expensive PR campaign), a 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) survey, that collected sewage sludge from 74 randomly selected publicly owned treatment works in 35 states, concluded that all sewage sludge contains toxic and hazardous materials.


Big Ag Subverts Regulatory Process with Threat of Litigation: EPA Drops Proposed CAFO Waste Reporting Rule

July 20th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Last week the EPA withdrew a proposed rule that would have required CAFOs to actually disclose information about how they dispose of toxic waste, for the purpose of regulation ensuring compliance with the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule would have required CAFOs to report their basic waste management practices to the EPA. But industry interests threatened litigation -- so never mind! Once again the EPA fails to protect anyone but Big Ag interests, continuing its bid for a solid 'F' in environmental and consumer protection


Methyl Iodide on Trial: Dangerous Pesticide Illegally Approved?

February 14th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Methyl iodide is one of the worst actors in the Big Ag Pesticide Toolbox. Known to be a dangerous neurotoxin, carcinogen, and endocrine disruptor, the soil fumigant is currently under legal review in California. A major win for health and sustainability fans may be imminent, if the presiding judge rules that methyl iodide was illegally approved


Urgent: Ask EPA to Stop the Spread of Superbugs

January 20th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford

After promising farmers their genetically-modified (GM) corn would resist crop pests, Monsanto, and Midwestern corn fields, are seeing the evolution of insects that have begun to resist toxins in these "super" crops. How can you take action


Arsenic in Your Apple Juice? Probably..

July 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

While the EPA limits arsenic in our drinking water to 10 parts per billion, recent tests* have found the amount of arsenic in apple juice (Mott's Apple Juice, in particular) to be 5.5 parts per billion -- 5.5 times more than what the EPA will let us drink! The FDA does not regulate arsenic in juice at all, unfortunately. However, as a result of this finding and recent research it has conducted on food imports in the U.S., Food & Water Watch is pushing the government agency to start doing so



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