Landmark EU chemical law passed

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BBC News
December 14, 2006

The European Parliament has backed a deal, reached with EU governments, on wide-ranging legislation to control the use of toxic chemicals in industry.

The law is designed to make firms prove the thousands of chemicals they use in products from cars to clothes are safe.

It comes after years of wrangling between firms keen to avoid more red tape and environmentalists seeking to cut the use of hazardous pollutants.

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By Tim Reiterman
Times Staff Writer
December 8, 2006

Cost-cutting moves at the EPA and elsewhere deny researchers and the public access to vital data, critics say.

The NASA library in Greenbelt, Md., was part of John C. Mather's daily routine for years leading up to the astrophysicist's sharing of the 2006 Nobel Prize for shedding new light on the big bang theory of creation. He researched existing space hardware and instrumentation there while designing a satellite that collected data for his prize-winning discovery.

So when he learned that federal officials were planning to close the library, Mather was stunned.

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Baltimoresun.com
By Matthew Dolan
SUN REPORTER
December 9, 2006

Scientist made deal with drug firm

A senior government scientist originally from Baltimore pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in undisclosed fees from the same drug manufacturer whose public-private research collaboration he oversaw.

As part of his agreement with federal prosecutors, Pearson "Trey" Sunderland III, chief of the geriatric psychiatry branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, is expected to receive a sentence of two years' supervised probation and must forfeit $300,000 in illegal proceeds and reimbursements.

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12 December, 2006
For immediate release
Issued by:
The Alliance for Natural Health
The Dr. Rath Health Foundation
The National Health Federation
VOICE
MayDay

Five non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Alliance for Natural Health, the Dr Rath Health Foundation, the National Health Federation, VOICE and MayDay, have formed a new alliance to challenge national and international regulations and guidelines that continue to allow the use of synthetic fluorides in infant formulas.

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By Jim R. Schwiesow
December 12, 2006
NewsWithViews.com

“Well I woke up this mornin’, looked outdoors I can tell my milk cow, I can tell by the way she lows If you see my milk cow, please drive her on home ’cause I ain’t had no milk and butter since that cows been gone” --Mark Knoffler – “Milk Cow Blues”

If I were to tell you that over the course of the last sixty years there were 233,034 serious cases of bacterially caused diseases and nine deaths attributed to the consumption of “certified safe” pasteurized milk, would you believe it? Well, you had better because that is a verifiable truth. I imagine this will wipe that milk mustache off of the face of more than a few.

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December 08, 2006
Kommersant
Russia's daily Online
By Anna Geroeva

The largest electromagnetic energy emission in the last 30 years has been recorded on the Sun, the Shernberg State Astronomy Institute said on Thursday. This energy outburst may damage equipment of space satellites, the scientists say. Doctors warn that the emission is dangerous for those afflicted with cardiovascular illnesses as well as for healthy people.

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Published on Monday, December 04, 2006
by Healthy News Service
GM WATCH daily, Dec 4, 2006

Here are some extracts from a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine that describes Bayer's suppression of information that its drugs were not as safe as it claimed.

This has major relevance to the whole system of regulation of GM crops and foods - a system almost entirely built on the disclosure of information by the applicant, ie companies like Bayer.

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By Amanda Covarrubias
Times Staff Writer
December 12, 2006

The company will ask the state to ease limits on pollution at its former Simi Hills lab. Critics say it could be an effort to thwart a federal probe.
Boeing Co. on Wednesday will seek to ease limits on runoff pollution at its former nuclear research and rocket testing lab in the Simi Hills amid a criminal investigation into whether the company violated clean-water standards there.

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Mobile phone technologies are using microwaves to allow voice communication as well as transmit messages. Practically, we can no longer do without them, although major adverse health effects of these handy transmitters have been suspected and are being documented by different researchers.

an Associate Professor at Kyushu University has collected the available evidence on the health effects of microwave radiation and its effects on human health, especially in relation to chronic fatigue and ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy). Here is his paper:

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Sarah Boseley, health editor
December 8, 2006
The Guardian

A world-famous British scientist failed to disclose that he held a paid consultancy with a chemical company for more than 20 years while investigating cancer risks in the industry, the Guardian can reveal.

Sir Richard Doll, the celebrated epidemiologist who established that smoking causes lung cancer, was receiving a consultancy fee of $1,500 a day in the mid-1980s from Monsanto, then a major chemical company and now better known for its GM crops business.

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