The Wall Street Journal: EPA Bans Pesticide Deemed Harmful to Children’s Brains — The ban would stop the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food, and follows a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in April that the EPA would have to ban use of the pesticide on food if it couldn’t prove that its consumption was safe. The new regulation, once formally published, sets a six-month deadline for agricultural companies to stop using chlorpyrifos.
New York Post: Bayer Asks US Supreme Court to Reverse Roundup Damages for Man with Cancer — Bayer has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to reverse court verdicts that awarded damages to a customer blaming his cancer on use of glyphosate-based weedkillers. Last week, the company lost a third appeal in lower courts against verdicts that sided with users of glyphosate-based Roundup, awarding them tens of millions of dollars in damages each.
National Law Review: House Environment and Commerce Leaders Request Information from EPA about New Chemical Review Program — Several Democratic House Committee Chairs sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan to request information regarding “concerning reported irregularities” in EPA’s chemical review program. The letter cites whistleblower accounts that allege the agency “has for many years downplayed the dangers of new chemicals and inappropriately interfered with risk assessments conducted pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act.”
The Hill: A $10 Billion Plan to Clean the Nation’s Water is Murky on Facts — Former U.S. Representative Nick Rahall argues that some of the monies allocated for PFAS remediation in the bipartisan infrastructure package might be misallocated: “PFAS are not even listed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s main concerns facing our water, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says ‘human health effects from exposure to low environmental levels of PFAS are uncertain.'”
Skeptical Inquirer: Living with Uncertainty — Retired Air Force physician and flight surgeon Harriet Hall, MD, writes about the omnipresence of uncertainty in the medical sciences and beyond: “We all crave certainty. Perhaps that’s why so many people are inclined to listen to cocksure quacks who claim to know the one true cause of all disease rather than to real doctors who are honest enough to say they don’t know what is wrong.”