CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 |
Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill - sometimes while behind the wheel - from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At least 14 Metro drivers are pursuing workers' compensation claims, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying, according to their attorney. Some operators are on medical leave, and a few say they have left Metro because of repeated exposure. "You can be driving your bus and get hit with the symptoms," said Frank Portillo, a 23-year coach operator who retired in March, sooner than planned, because of medical issues he believes are pesticide related.
March 2, 1996 |
Urging worldwide efforts to protect people from pesticides, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental research group Friday warned that agricultural chemicals used around the world are capable of damaging immune systems and increasing rates of infectious disease and cancer. The World Resources Institute said scientific studies by a variety of experts show that many children and adults exposed to pesticides have altered immune systems. The institute called for the U.N.
October 4, 1988 |
Federal tests detect only about half the pesticides that may contaminate fruits, vegetables and other food, and regulators are relatively unconcerned, a congressional report said Monday. The Office of Technology Assessment, the bipartisan research arm of Congress, found the multi-residue methods the Food and Drug Administration uses for most screening can detect only 163 of 316 pesticides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2004 |
A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled that three irrigation districts can't put pesticides into their canals without analyzing the effect they would have on the environment. Environmental groups had sued the South San Joaquin, Turlock and Merced irrigation districts, charging that they applied pesticides in a way that could harm plants, fish, wildlife and groundwater. The judge asked the districts to find less harmful alternatives and to seek public comment before applying the chemicals.
October 13, 1988 |
The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday ended a 30-year ban on cancer-causing pesticides that increase in concentration when treated fruits and vegetables are processed into soups, baby foods, sauces, juices and condiments. Under a new policy, the EPA will license such pesticides for use on raw produce and in processed foods if they pose no more than a "negligible risk" of cancer, that is, increase chances of the disease by no more than one in a million.
December 20, 1989 |
Pesticides in runoff farm water may be a key factor in the sharp decline of striped bass in the Sacramento River, state scientists reported. Staff of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board said in a report circulated among government agencies that they have detected levels of pesticides that are lethal or toxic to tiny animals in the striped bass food chain. The pesticides are carbofuran, ethyl parathion and malathion.
August 31, 1989 |
About 500 people were allowed to return home Wednesday after being evacuated because of burning pesticides at a nearby feed store. Several residents reported breathing problems and a few firefighters were overcome by smoke, but there were no serious injuries, a Fire Department spokesman said.
June 7, 2000 |
The Clinton administration has decided to sidestep a major political and ethical quagmire by rejecting the use of human experiments in setting regulatory limits for pesticides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2000 |
Children in some California school districts, including at least three in Orange County, may be exposed to pesticides that have been tied to cancer, according to a report a consumer group issued Wednesday. According to a survey of the state's 15 largest school districts, several have no policies requiring written notification or postings that warn of pesticide use on campus. Among those districts were three in Orange County: Santa Ana Unified, Garden Grove Unified and Capistrano Unified.
May 21, 1987 |
The National Research Council said Wednesday that 28 pesticides found in 15 commonly eaten foods from tomatoes to grapes may pose the greatest pesticide-caused dietary cancer risk to humans and urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to focus its regulatory efforts on them. The findings, announced in Washington after a two-year study requested by the EPA, are expected to spur new efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's pesticide regulation laws.