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Methyl Iodide Opponents Say Approval “Classic Case” of Officials Bowing to Industry; DPR Says “Extensive Evaluation Done”

October 14, 2011 | 8:24 am

Methyl Iodide Opponents Say Approval “Classic Case” of Officials Bowing to Industry; DPR Says “Extensive Evaluation Done”

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This week attorneys for environmental and farm worker groups filed their opening brief in the lawsuit over California’s controversial approval of the pesticide methyl iodide, which is primarily used on strawberries. When the state approved methyl iodide, it set exposure levels for farm workers 120 times higher than the state’s staff scientists believed to be […]

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Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

August 29, 2011 | 3:02 pm

Are Paper Bags Really That Much Better Than Plastic?

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Despite the best efforts of plastic-bag manufacturers and distributors, a growing number of California counties have banned plastic bags. And after the state Supreme Court’s ruling last month that Manhattan Beach had the right to prohibit the bags without an environmental review, more such laws might follow. So the other day some of us public […]

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San Bruno Stories: “I didn’t want to die. But then I go, whatever, I didn’t want my kids to die.”

August 29, 2011 | 12:29 pm

San Bruno Stories: “I didn’t want to die. But then I go, whatever, I didn’t want my kids to die.”

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September 9 will mark the one-year anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline explosion and subsequent fire in which eight people were killed and 38 homes destroyed. Leading up to the anniversary, Amy Standen of KQED QUEST is interviewing survivors of the disaster. On Sept 9, 2010, Kevin Ashley was home with his two children on […]

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Documents Show Deep Rift Over Methyl Iodide Approval, Director’s Concern Over Manufacturer’s Reaction

August 26, 2011 | 12:18 pm

Documents Show Deep Rift Over Methyl Iodide Approval, Director’s Concern Over Manufacturer’s Reaction

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Late last year, just before Governor Schwarzenegger left office, his administration approved a controversial strawberry pesticide called methyl iodide. Environmental groups quickly sued to have the decision overturned. A key question posed by the plaintiffs was this: Why was the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) allowing farmworkers to be exposed to methyl iodide at […]

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