SETAC MultiBrief
May. 16, 2013

SETAC North America introduces the SETAC MultiBrief
SETAC North America

We are pleased to offer our members this new informational product, the SETAC MultiBrief, a free email resource that provides news digests of the top stories in environmental toxicology and chemistry. This service aggregates items from more than 14,500 media outlets in 35 languages. It also provides advertising opportunities and revenues that will support new Society activities, e.g., post-meeting access to featured SETAC North America annual meeting sessions — more on this later!

We hope that you find the SETAC MultiBrief a useful news gathering service. It can be easily read on your computer, tablet or smartphone, and will be delivered to your inbox bi-weekly (and you can easily opt out if you choose not to receive it).More

'Chemicals of concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape
The Center for Public Integrity
It has been three years since the "chemicals of concern" list landed at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to highlight chemicals on the list because "they may present an unreasonable risk to human health and/or the environment," the agency says. But any such listing must first be vetted by the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OIRA.More

Are we ignoring the most important science about the gulf spill?
On Earth
There's no way to link the BP blowout to dolphin deaths, mutated animals, and other strange occurrences in the Gulf of Mexico without toxicology studies. And few are getting funded.More

Cocaine, DEET, other chemicals found in Minnesota lakes
Minnesota Public Radio
A new study of Minnesota lakes finds more evidence that water across the state contains a wide range of chemicals. The largest study of its kind ever done in Minnesota shows chemicals from household products, prescription drugs and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes.More

Nations agree to phase out toxic chemical HBCD
Agence France-Presse via Global Post
Governments have agreed to phase out the use of the toxic chemical HBCD and restrict trade in four other dangerous substances, the head of the United Nations' anti-pollution division said at the close of a two-week international summit on chemicals and toxins. The conference agreed to ban the production and use of HBCD from next year, albeit with a five-year grace period for its use as a flame-retardant in polystyrene building insulation.More

Quantitative computer models can be used to evaluate toxicity of chemicals
Science World Report
Computer-based (in silico) methods for analysis of very large amounts of data have now made it possible to predict the physical, environmental and toxicological properties of chemicals from their molecular structures. In order to develop strategies for effective dissemination and use of such tools, scientists initiated the EU-funded "Orchestra" project.More

Environmental review to delay 2 engineered crops
The New York Times
Genetically engineered crops that could sharply increase the use of two powerful herbicides are now unlikely to reach the market until at least 2015 because the Department of Agriculture has decided to subject the crops to more stringent environmental reviews than it had originally intended. The department said that it had made the decision after determining that approval of the crops "may significantly affect the quality of the human environment."More

Survey: Fracking's rewards come with risks
University of Michigan via Futurity
Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say hydrofracking is good for the economy, but also have concerns about chemicals used and other environmental risks, a new survey shows. The findings represent one of the first attempts to survey public opinion on fracking in more than one state, says Barry Rabe, professor of public policy and of environmental policy at the University of Michigan.More

After Texas blast, chemical stockpiles scrutinized
The Texas Tribune
As authorities continue to investigate the cause of the West, Texas, explosion and state and federal lawmakers discuss whether new regulations and greater oversight are needed, stockpiles of chemicals stored in communities across the state are becoming the subject of intense concern.More

Conservation commitment in Senate farm bill
ion Pays
The Senate Agriculture Committee voted 15-5 to approve their version of a 2013 farm bill. Several conservation-related amendments were approved for the bill in committee, including one to ensure tracking of conversion of native prairies to crop production and another to allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service to have more say over how to allocate technical assistance programs.More