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  • Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

    05/22/2018 8:24:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 118 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 22, 2018 | Carey Gillam
    In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of RoundupAt the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in ( California), hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate. On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take ( the global seed and chemical company) to trial on allegations that it has spent...
  • Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show

    05/08/2018 11:10:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 5/8/2018 | Unk
    Monsanto introduced its glyphosate-based Roundup brand in 1974. But it is only now, after more than 40 years of widespread use, that the government is investigating the toxicity of “glyphosate-based herbicides” on human cells.
  • Could sunscreen be destroying our coral reefs? Hawaii lawmakers say yes

    05/02/2018 6:35:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    See BS ^ | 5/02/18 | CHRISTOPHER BRITO
    Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment. State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals that have been found to "cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms." "These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals' resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals," the bill reads. The contamination is "constantly refreshed and renewed everyday" by swimmers and beachgoers, according to the...
  • Syria war: At least 70 reported dead in suspected gas attack

    04/07/2018 8:58:49 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 185 replies
    BBC ^ | April 7, 2018 | BBC News
    "The US state department said it is monitoring the "very disturbing" reports, and that Russia - which is fighting alongside the Syrian government - should be held responsible if deadly chemicals had been used."
  • Explosion at Eastman Chemical Plant, Kingsport, TN

    10/04/2017 8:30:37 AM PDT · by who knows what evil? · 55 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | October 4, 2017 | who knows what evil?
    My wife just called to report an explosion at the Eastman Chemical Plant, located in Kingsport, Tennessee. She said that the blast shook the building she works in, roughly two miles away. Media just arriving on scene, so no details as of yet.
  • Trix wWith Artificial Flavors Is Coming Back After Customer Complaints

    09/25/2017 10:32:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | 9/25
    <p>Sometimes, it’s nice to eat healthy. Other times, you just want artificial flavoring in your cereal.</p> <p>General Mills gets that now. A year and a half after the company removed artificial colors and flavors from its Trix cereal, it’s bringing them back.</p>
  • Two explosions at flooded Texas chemical plant: Fifteen police officers hospitalized after blast...

    08/31/2017 5:35:36 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 31 August 2017 | Associated Press and Ann Schmidt
    Two explosions have occurred at a chemical plant outside of Houston, hours after a spokesman warned a gas explosion was imminent. The explosions came after The Arkema Inc plant in Crosby, Texas, lost power and its backup generators amid Harvey's days-long deluge, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises. Just after 2am local time, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported explosions at the plant and black smoke rising from the facility. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office said that at least one officer had been taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes following the...
  • Chemicals In Yoga Mats And Sofas Can Cause Infertility, Study Claims

    08/28/2017 12:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS Tampa Bay ^ | August 25, 2017
    Flame retardant chemicals used in products like yoga mats, sofas, car seats, and even phone cases are being linked to infertility, according to a new study. Researchers at Harvard University say organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs) found in a patient’s body lowered their chances of a successful pregnancy. PFRs are used in polyurethane foam found in many products used by both adults and children. “These findings suggest that exposure to PFRs may be one of many risk factors for lower reproductive success,” lead author Courtney Carignan said. The researchers looked at 211 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization treatment and discovered over 80...
  • Did FBI Cover Up Confederate Statue Bomb Plot by Dem Donor's Son?

    08/22/2017 11:09:50 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 22, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Richard Dowling's statue ended up saving a whole lot of lives. Here's what happened now. Andrew Cecil Schneck, 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance, federal prosecutors announced. A park ranger doing a routine patrol of the area around Hermann Park on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling in the bushes near the statue of Richard Dowling, a commander in the Confederate army
  • Formaldehyde Forcing Out Hundreds of New Homeowners

    A cancer causing chemical is forcing hundreds of homeowners nationwide out of their new homes after a Seattle-based company used formaldehyde on floor joists.
  • Chemical company to add 200 jobs in North Carolina (Average salary of $78,000)

    08/15/2017 4:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WNCT-TV ^ | August 15, 2017 | The Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A specialty chemical company plans to expand in North Carolina and create 200 jobs over five years. Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration announced Monday that Albemarle Corp. expects to invest more than $10 million over five years on an expansion in Cleveland County that will add 170 jobs through 2022. The company also expects to add 30 jobs at its headquarters in Charlotte. The company already employs 150 people in Kings Mountain and 130 in Charlotte....
  • Chemicals Found in Cereal Is Making Us Obese: Study

    08/12/2017 8:07:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
    You may want to rethink having that bowl of corn flakes for breakfast. New research by experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles show that cereal is making people obese. Published in the journal of Nature Communications, the paper states that chemical ingredients commonly used in breakfast cereals are having distressing effects on our bodies. Looking at the effects of three different chemicals commonly ingested or exposed to humans, they found that each one was damaging the hormones needed to communicate between our brains and our stomach. When all three were combined, the damage was worse. One of the...
  • Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

    08/07/2017 3:44:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-7-17 | Sharon Bernstein
    Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states. California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming, with much of it exported to other states...
  • LyondellBasell to Build $2.4 Billion Texas Plant (2,500 jobs)

    07/21/2017 9:08:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Once in operation, the plant is expected to produce 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide -- a chemical used in the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpeting, coatings, building materials, and adhesives -- and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually. LyondellBasell announced July 21 that it will build the world's largest plant manufacturing propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) in Channelview, Texas, an industrialized suburb of Houston. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company's history, and will be built at the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex. A related ethers unit,...
  • U.S. Shale Just Triggered A Chemical Industry Renaissance

    07/03/2017 3:51:49 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-07-2017 | Para
    The shale revolution in the U.S. has led to a boom in domestic natural gas production, to the point that America is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas on an average annual basis by 2018. Abundant gas at home has also led to a renaissance in the petrochemical industry in the U.S., which had suffered a downturn in 2008 and 2009. But then came the shale revolution, and chemical companies in the U.S. now use the affordable ethane—a natural gas liquid derived from shale gas—as a feedstock. Abundant and cheap, shale gas and ethane are now feeding...
  • Weed Killer Under Attack From Tree Huggers

    06/24/2017 6:19:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/24/2017 | Brian Darling
    For over two years now, environmental activists and anti-industry groups have been raging against the U.S. government, the European Union, and practically anybody else that would listen about the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed killer and the main ingredient in RoundUp. Weed killers are obviously a critical tool for American farmers and farmers around the world. The left-wingers are attacking weed killers despite the chemical receiving a clean bill of health from both the EPA and Europe’s main food safety and chemical authorities. PRI.org reported late last year that “in November 2015, the European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA,...
  • Weed Killer Under Attack From Tree Huggers

    06/24/2017 6:13:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 150 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2017 | Brian Darling
    For over two years now, environmental activists and anti-industry groups have been raging against the U.S. government, the European Union, and practically anybody else that would listen about the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed killer and the main ingredient in RoundUp.  Weed killers are obviously a critical tool for American farmers and farmers around the world. The left-wingers are attacking weed killers despite the chemical receiving a clean bill of health from both the EPA and Europe’s main food safety and chemical authorities. PRI.org reported late last year that “in November 2015, the European Food Safety Authority, or EFSA,...
  • Ethane hub gets bipartisan support (100,000 jobs in West Virginia averaging $90,000 a year)

    05/20/2017 2:50:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Herald-Star ^ | May 20, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING — West Virginia’s congressional delegation is showing a unified front in pushing for an ethane storage hub for central Appalachia, and they hope state leaders in Ohio and Pennsylvania join them. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., were joined Thursday by Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, and American Chemistry Council President Cal Dooley for a news conference to tout the economic benefits of placing the hub near oil and gas reserves in Appalachia rather than near chemical industry operations on the Gulf Coast. Manchin and Moore, along with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, last week introduced the...
  • Turkey Holds Suspicious Iran-Venezuela Shipment (Axis of evil?)

    01/06/2009 3:21:35 PM PST · by khnyny · 10 replies · 970+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | January 6, 2009 | Selcan Hacaoglu
    ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey was holding a suspicious shipment bound for Venezuela from Iran because it contained lab equipment capable of producing explosives, a customs official said Tuesday. Suleyman Tosun, a customs official at the Mediterranean port of Mersin, said military experts were asked to examine the material, which was seized last month, and decide whether to let the shipment to go to Venezuela. Authorities detected the equipment during a search of 22 containers labeled "tractor parts," Tosun said. They were brought to Mersin by trucks from neighboring Iran, he said. Turkey's Interior Ministry said an investigation was under way....
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...