January 2016 News Bulletin: EU Commission broke law over EDCs; environment not “bad luck” as major cause of cancer

January 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm | Posted in MonthlyIssue | Leave a comment

January 2016 News Bulletin

Court says EU Commission acted illegally in drafting chemicals rules. Europe’s second-highest court on Wednesday found the European Commission had broken EU law by failing to set out the scientific criteria for defining harmful chemicals when it drafted rules on the subject two years ago. (Reuters)

Cancer studies clash over mechanisms of malignancy. Most cases of cancer result from avoidable factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation rather than “bad luck” contends a new paper published in Nature. The paper attempts to rebut an argument that arose early this year, when a report in Science concluded that differences in inherent cellular processes are the chief reason that some tissues become cancerous more frequently than others. (Nature)

EPA tosses aside safety data, says Dow pesticide for GMOs won’t harm people. If 2,4-D crops are widely adopted, the government’s maximum-exposure projections show that U.S. children ages 1 to 12 could consume levels of 2,4-D that the World Health Organization, Russia, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Brazil and China consider unsafe. (Chicago Tribune)

Scientists assembled for Monsanto say herbicide not carcinogenic, disputing WHO report. A panel of scientists is disputing a World Health Organization report published earlier this year that concluded glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer and main ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The 16-member panel, assembled by Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy, will present its findings to the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis on Monday, aiming to publish the study at a later date after peer review. Monsanto paid Intertek for the panel’s work. (Reuters)

Atrazine: The Latest Pesticide on Trial. With California working to list atrazine as toxic to the reproductive system, three of the United States’ most-widely used pesticides are under fire for adverse health effects. (Civil Eats)

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