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  • Activists: Tighten pesticide limits: Front & Center

    American farmers apply more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides a year to their fields to kill weeds and damaging insects. But collateral damage includes farmworkers; more than 10,000 a year suffer acute pesticide poisoning. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed stricter limits on pesticide use. The issue is especially important in Florida, with its $100 billion agricultural industry and more than 150,000 farmworkers. In a recent email interview, Eve Gartner of Earthjustice, an environmental advocacy group, and Jeannie Economos, a pesticide expert for the Farmworker Association of Florida, called for more stringent rules than the EPA has proposed. Excerpts of that interview follow. A longer version is online at OrlandoSentinel.com/Opinion.
  • EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard

    EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry. The EPA staff...

    California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules, EPA says

    (Reuters) - A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan couldĀ violate the federal Clean Water Act and further...

    Study: Flame retardants found in moms, kids

    Study: Flame retardants found in moms, kids
    One flame retardant is linked to cancer and was voluntarily taken out of children's pajamas in the 1970s after researchers discovered it mutated DNA. The other was touted as an eco-friendly chemical that would neither escape from household furniture nor...

    EPA faces backlash in trying to regulate wetlands that often aren't wet

    SMYRNA, Del. When is a ditch just a ditch? And when is a plot of woodland without a stitch of visible water actually a "water of the U.S."? For federal officials working on regulations to clarify what the 42-year-old Clean Water Act really means, the...