Boston Globe

As contaminated water concerns grow, Massachusetts towns urge the state to stop spraying pesticides in their communities

by Boston Globe | May 31, 2021
“To reduce the spread of eastern equine encephalitis and other mosquito-borne diseases, the state has sprayed millions of acres in recent years with a pesticide found to contain significant amounts of PFAS. The PFAS leached into the pesticide from its packaging. Under pressure from ...

More communities are finding toxic chemicals in their drinking water

by Boston Globe | May 23, 2021
“Since Massachusetts enacted new safety regulations last fall, more communities have found elevated levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in their drinking water. Kyla Bennett, a former scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, noted that Massachusetts requires testing ...

President Biden’s flurry of actions to protect the environment reignites a controversy about the Atlantic’s only marine monument

by Boston Globe | January 21, 2021
“Last June, as part of a concerted campaign to dismantle the environmental policies of the Obama administration, Donald Trump met with fishermen in Maine and signed a proclamation that allowed commercial fishing in nearly 5,000 square miles of federally protected waters southeast of ...

EPA finds toxic compounds in mosquito spray used in Mass.; maker will change packaging

by Boston Globe | January 14, 2021
“The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that a controversial pesticide used to kill mosquitoes in Massachusetts contains toxic chemicals that leach into the product from its container, and the manufacturer has agreed to change its packaging, officials said Thursday. ...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in pesticide used on millions of Mass. acres when spraying for mosquitoes

by Boston Globe | December 1, 2020
“For two decades, state environmental officials have used a controversial pesticide to kill mosquitoes in Massachusetts, spraying millions of acres from the air and ground to reduce the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis. Now, after years of criticism from environmental advocates ...