The latest draft of the EPA’s “secret science” rule proposes releasing raw data from almost every study considered in the agency’s rule-making—including confidential medical records, The Hill reports.

Resistant to water, oil and heat, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are ubiquitous in everything from clothing to nonstick cookware—and now soil, drinking water and the human body. Yet scientists know precious little about the so-called “forever chemicals” and…

Duke University knowingly submitted a staffer’s falsified data to court millions of dollars in federal grant money, according to a whistleblower’s lawsuit that will see the university shell out a $112.5 million settlement. Former Duke employee Joseph Thomas alleged that…

A recent federal court ruling to ban chlorpyrifos—a pesticide the EPA deemed safe for agricultural use despite contradictory toxicology tests—underscores the ways the EPA is faltering in its duties to regulate chemicals with a health-first approach.  

Scott Pruitt may have left the US EPA, but his legacy lingers in a proposed rule that could undercut the agency’s use of science to show the effects of harmful chemicals, writes Lynn R. Goldman, Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington…

Cancer clusters are hard to prove but in Minden, West Virginia—plagued by toxic ghosts from long-shuttered Shaffer Equipment Co.—an uptick of cancer cases seems definitive, especially for residents watching their loved ones die in staggering numbers. Yet, 30 years after…

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board is re-thinking Scott Pruitt’s plan to restrict the agency’s use of scientific studies to those using public data. In a memo, SAB working group members wrote that the “Secret Science” rule could remove “legal, ethical, and peer-reviewed…

Scott Pruitt made his name “fighting one regulation after another,” writes Margaret Talbot. As head of the EPA, which he has sued 14 times, he’s no different. Pruitt courts the opinion of players in industries he regulates, particularly coal, rather than environmentalists…

The future of curbing mosquito-borne diseases? Lab-grown, weaponized male mosquitoes.  

The Trump administration has overturned a planned EPA ban on a pesticide from a class of chemicals the Nazis used to make nerve gas, Nicholas Kristof reports.   Studies link the chemical, chlorpyrifos—found throughout the environment—to brain damage, cancer and Parkinson’s…