Posts Tagged ‘ pesticides ’

State Lawmakers Urge EPA To Reconsider Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Three Connecticut lawmakers are among the 60 members of Congress who have signed a letter, dated September 30, to Gina McCarthy, administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Elizabeth Esty (D-Fifth Congressional District), Rosa DeLauro (D-Third Congressional District), and James Hines (D-Fourth Congressional District) have joined in requesting the EPA to consider recent findings from

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Neighbors question Yale’s use of pesticides

Sep 27th, 2014 | By

After a long battle with Yale’s administration, some New Haven residents are still questioning the University’s use of pesticides, which they said have infiltrated surrounding neighborhoods. Laura Cahn, who lives on Cleveland Avenue bordering Yale’s athletic fields, has been leading efforts against the University’s pesticide use for several years. Cahn said that in the past

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The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bee: Pesticides and the Perfect Crime

May 22nd, 2014 | By

Pesticides & The Perfect Crime: In the widespread bee die-offs, bees often just vanish. One beekeeper calls it the Perfect Crime—no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees. What’s happening to the bees? For more on this story, visit: The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bee: Pesticides and the Perfect Crime | Earthjustice.

Pesticide Records Show Few Violators Get Punished

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Over the past three years, Connecticut regulators issued fines or other penalties 20 times against people and companies found to have violated pesticide laws, despite receiving more than 430 complaints.

With lobsters in mind, Maine legislator proposes ban on some pesticides

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

Pesticides have long been considered a menace by Maine’s lobster industry, and now a Deer Isle lawmaker is proposing legislative help in keeping some of the chemicals away from the state’s top commercial fishery. According to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that

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Connecticut is not monitoring pesticide use — Courant editorial

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

In Connecticut, no one is quite sure, in part because no one knows how much pesticide is being used on lawns, playgrounds, parks and agricultural fields. That from an article in by Greg Hladky, who reports that while licensed landscapers, lawn-care professionals and farmers send in reports to the state each year on how

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Lobstermen applaud effort of Weston legislator to keep pesticides out of Sound

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

“For several years we have listened to the experts who told us that these pesticides could not harm the lobster population — last year, however, we learned that the experts may have been wrong,” said Mr. Shaban, ranking member of the Environment Committee. “This measure will give the benefit of the doubt to the people who have been working these waters for their entire lives, and will help restore a lucrative local industry.”

Reasons to Buy Organic: Let Us Count the Ways. Scientist refutes Stanford analysis | The Equation

Sep 14th, 2012 | By

As a scientist, scientist Margaret Mellon was pleased to see a major meta-analysis (a study of studies) on the nutritional and safety aspects of organic food, but she found the interpretation by the authors of the study and news media disconcerting—and surprising. The Stanford analysis confirmed that in comparison with conventional food, organic food has

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Fishing ban alone won’t restore lobsters Stamford Advocate editorial

Jul 30th, 2012 | By

Anxious to stop the downward spiral of the lobster population in Long Island Sound, the government next fall will institute a 12-week ban on lobster fishing from Connecticut to southern Massachusetts. It’s a more aggressive strategy than minimum-size restrictions that have had no success. But if the waters of Long Island Sound are becoming uninhabitable

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Lobstermen, officials rail against proposed 3-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing in Long Island Sound

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

GUILFORD — A proposed three-month moratorium on commercial lobster fishing is not the way to address the dramatic decline of lobsters in Long Island Sound, lobstermen, officials and activists said Monday. They urged the government instead to take a closer look at pesticides that some blame for the Sound-wide lobster die-off that began about 12

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‘Advertising a controlled substance to children is a bad idea and should be stopped’: EHHI

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

From Nancy Alderman at Environment and Human Health Inc. Although the franchise pesticide spraying business, “Mosquito Squad,”  ( has taken down their coloring book for toddlers – their cartoon pesticide spraying mascot, “Dred Skeeter,” is all over YouTube —  he is at parades, playing with children, playing with small dogs, attending baseball games etc. Is

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Lobsters still safe, but best to not eat the tomalley as it can contain the most contaminants

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

Last week the department issued a press release announcing a new round of studies into lobster population health in Long Island Sound. That press release included results of tests for pesticides in the hepatopancreas or tomalley of the lobster that showed trace amounts of methoprene in one of four groups of lobsters and resmethrin in three of four groups.

Pesticides in Long Island Sound Lobsters. What Does It Mean? | thissphere

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

Tiny amounts of pesticides have been found in a handful of lobsters caught in Long Island Sound and tested by the Connecticut DEEP and UConn. You can read a good account of it in the Ct Mirror, here. It is an interesting finding, but it’s also perplexing. Researchers will now look for a cause and

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Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time: more study planned

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed the presence of pesticides in Long Island Sound lobsters — albeit a very small sample — for the first time since the crustaceans began their precipitous decline in 1999. The findings are a surprise to the scientific and environmental communities, which have generally thought that warming

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Cut to pest control program leaves farms vulnerable this summer

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

Joe DeFrancesco stands midfield surveying a swath of healthy, red-tasseled sweet corn he figures is a week from harvest … A joint program between the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a function of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been helping DeFrancesco with pest management the past two

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School pesticide ban kept in tact: CCE

May 15th, 2012 | By

CCE applauds the committee leadership and all other members of the General Assembly who stood together in opposition of this short-sighted legislation. Together, they sent a strong message to school districts across the state- Children’s health is a priority in our state, and critical health protections on school grounds will not be undone.

N.Y. pesticide use blamed for late-summer lobster die-off

Oct 6th, 2011 | By

Long Island Sound lobster fishers, grappling with the 12th year of a tragic die-off that threatens the livelihood of the few left in the industry, asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade neighboring New York to change the chemical it uses to attack mosquitoes. Read more here: N.Y. pesticide use blamed for late-summer lobster die-off

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