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August 11, 1987 | United Press International
In a surprise move, the manufacturer of chlordane has signed an agreement to stop selling the controversial termite-killing chemical that also could cause liver and nerve damage in humans and cancer in rats, the EPA said today. The agreement between Velsicol Chemical Corp. of Rosemont, Ill., and the Environmental Protection Agency surprised many who had been expecting the suspension or cancellation of the pesticide.
February 25, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge on Wednesday gave the Environmental Protection Agency until April 15 to ban the sale and commercial use of products containing anti-termite pesticides believed to cause cancer. District Judge Louis Oberdorfer ruled that the EPA had acted illegally by allowing 197 holders of federal pesticide licenses to sell existing stocks of products containing the pesticides chlordane and heptachlor.
September 23, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Tuesday delayed for a week acting on a request that he order the Environmental Protection Agency to ban sales of chlordane, a termite-killer that causes cancer in laboratory animals and has been used in 30 million homes. U.S. Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer said he wants the EPA to study the terms of the proposed ban.
October 2, 1987 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
In a victory for environmentalists, federal officials announced Thursday that most sales of chlordane would be halted by Nov. 30 and that all other sales of the termite-killer, which is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, would end within eight months. The agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Velsicol Chemical Corp.
August 30, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA, Times Staff Writer
Traces of two pesticides banned in the United States have been found in imported coffee, carrots, pineapples, meat and other food products, showing that U.S. consumers are endangered by chemical companies' sales of such products overseas, the environmental group Greenpeace charged in a report released Tuesday. "If these products are too toxic to be used here, they are too toxic to be used anywhere," Sandra Marquardt, a Greenpeace activist, said at a news conference.
June 25, 1987 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
Members of Congress, alarmed by reports that an anti-termite pesticide used in American homes may cause cancer and a multitude of other health problems, Wednesday launched hearings on a bill to immediately ban the chemical. Chlordane, a pesticide that was banned from agricultural use by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1974 but not from homes, would be classified as a highly toxic air pollutant under legislation before the House subcommittee on Health and the Environment.
February 26, 1989 | SCOTT CHARTON, Associated Press
Nature slowly cleansed their dairy herds of heptachlor, but a legacy of lost dreams and lawsuits lingers for the Ozark farmers who unwittingly bought cheap livestock feed tainted with the banned pesticide. "Most have survived all this, but they are a lot worse off now financially than they were before," state Sen. Bill Walters, who filed lawsuits for some of the farmers, said recently. "I've sat at their kitchen tables and seen them cry."
September 1, 1987 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
At first, Ellen Warmbrunn thought the strong chemical odors permeating her Claremont home would disappear, certainly within hours after an exterminator treated her garage for termites. But chlordane, a pesticide that has been used on 30 million American homes since 1947, was just beginning to affect the California mother and her two teen-age daughters. Within days, Warmbrunn began suffering from extreme fatigue, headaches, nausea and other flu-like symptoms.
February 17, 1985 | MARCIDA DODSON, Times Staff Writer
Hidden in a modest woods on the edge of Lake Michigan, the single-story brick offices of Canonie Engineers are quiet and unpretentious, which is just the way Tony C. Canonie Jr. likes to do business. Methodically and with little fanfare, the company in the past six years has drained toxic pools, dismantled contaminated pesticide plants, neutralized chemical-soaked soil, designed treatment systems to purge polluted ground water and dug up assorted forms of hazardous waste.
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